The transmission of A(H1N1) flu is four times faster than other viruses and 40% of the deaths caused by the virus are among young and healthy adults, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan said Saturday. Chan advised governments to "prepare for the worst" and highlighted the importance of "political leadership" in the fight against the virus. The virus has caused more than 2,180 deaths globally since it emerged in April, according to WHO.
The FDA approved Roche Holding's Valcyte to protect children ages 4 months to 16 years against cytomegalovirus disease. The clearance is limited to patients with kidney disease or those who receive heart transplants and are more susceptible to the disease.
University of Chicago researchers found child care centers help parents build support networks and "social capital." Other parents become informal advisers on child rearing and health care resources, as well as good friends, the study data showed.
Martinsville High School in Virginia is offering free family planning services and STD testing at the new school-based Teen Health Center. The school has the highest STD rate and the second-highest pregnancy rate in the state, according to officials, who said the reaction to the clinic has been positive so far.
Children as young as 10 and 11 aren't always happy with their bodies, even if they aren't overweight, according to a study of more than 4,200 fifth-graders in Canada. Data showed 7.3% of girls and 7.8% of boys reported "bad body satisfaction."