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Polio Vaccination Resumes In Pakistan’s Swat Valley

“Authorities in Pakistan’s Swat Valley have resumed vaccinating children for polio, an act once banned by Taliban militants, now beaten back by an army offensive,” the Associated Press reports.

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Indian Health Officials Welcome Patent Rejections Of HIV/AIDS Drugs Reuters examines Indian health officials’ positive reaction to the recent decision by the country’s patent office to reject patent applications on two “life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs.” The decision, they say, will help to ensure patients living with HIV/AIDS have access to generic…

U.N. General Assembly Votes To Create U.N. Agency For Women

After three years of negotiations, the U.N. General Assembly unanimously voted on Monday “to create a new, more powerful agency for women, in a move supporters hailed as a breakthrough for women’s equality and rights,” Reuters reports (Worsnip, 9/14).

Study Identifies Causes, Rates Of Death Among Young People Worldwide

“Road accidents, pregnancy and childbirth complications, suicide, violence, the AIDS virus and tuberculosis are the biggest killers of young people across the world,” according to a paper published on Friday in the journal Lancet, Reuters reports.

Report Urges World Leaders To Expand Access To Free Health Care In Developing Countries

A new report from Oxfam and 62 other non-governmental organizations and health groups finds that international goals aiming to reduce child and maternal mortality rates are “desperately off track,” with four million babies around the world dying annually within 28 days of birth, Agence France-Press reports (9/13).