Planned Parenthood receives increased donor support following Komen’s politicized decision to cut breast screening grants. A CDC report finds that too few U.S. adults are getting immunized. A new study suggests malaria death toll possibly twice as high as experts previously thought. These and more, rounding out headlines for Friday, February 3, 2012.
Associated Press – Supporters rally around Planned Parenthood after Komen decides to cut breast screening grants
Supporters are rallying around Planned Parenthood after renowned breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure decided to cut breast screening grants to the reproductive health organization.
Times – Vaccines: They’re Not Just for Kids, (But Too Few U.S. Adults Are Getting Immunized)
Shots are never fun no matter what your age, but according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults may dread them (almost) as much as children. Each year, 45,000 Americans die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Despite that, U.S. adults are not getting the immunizations they need.
USA Today – Malaria death toll possibly twice as high
Malaria may be killing around twice as many people as experts previously thought, and it could also be hitting older children and adults — long considered the least susceptible — a new study suggests.
The Washington Post – Health officials: Number of sick from raw milk from Southern Pa. farm rises to 35 in 4 states
Pennsylvania health officials say the number of people stricken with illness after consuming raw milk from the same dairy has risen to 35 in four states. The confirmed cases of campylobacter bacterial infection include 28 people in Pennsylvania, four in Maryland, two in West Virginia, and one in New Jersey.
The Boston Globe – What to do if you have recalled birth control pills
With news spreading of Pfizer’s recent recall of 1 million birth control pills, Boston physicians have been dealing with a flood of phone calls from patients worried that they might be facing an unplanned pregnancy. A manufacturing glitch led to some pills being distributed out of order in pill packs, with placebos mixed in with active pills in packets of Lo/Ovral-28 and its generic equivalent, ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel.
LA Times – Komen’s untimely ‘cure’
(Editorial) The Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization made a premature and unfortunate decision to sever ties with Planned Parenthood, a move that already appears to be coming back to haunt the breast cancer-fighting foundation.