For an election that shouldn't matter on paper, Missouri's primary on Tuesday may carry a lot of weight.
The state's Republican electorate tends to be both populist and conservative. That could give former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who has campaigned in Missouri the most – and the most recently – among GOP presidential candidates the chance for a strong showing.
In 2004, after an extensive review, the Food and Drug Administration issued a strong warning to doctors who prescribed antidepressants to teens and children.
Antidepressants, the FDA said, appeared to increase suicide among kids and teens. Doctors needed to be careful. The FDA even mandated that a "black-box warning," the strongest type, be placed on antidepressant packaging.
Haitians suffering from cholera symptoms rest at the treatment center in Mirebalais, a dusty town north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, last June. The cholera epidemic in Haiti began in Mirebalais, believed to be the result of overflowing bathrooms from a nearby U.N. compound.
Antonina Tanis, 56, contracted cholera in November 2011. "I was vomiting. I had diarrhea," she recalls. "I couldn't stand up. I fell like three or four times trying to get to my feet." She says there's no way she could have gotten herself to medical care, and she would have died if her neighbors hadn't carried her to a clinic.
Larison Fiquaire lost his 26-year-old son, Etienne, to cholera in the fall. Fiquaire, 65, says when he brought his son to the hospital, the doctor told him, "I'm sorry, you came too late. If you'd come sooner, maybe we would have saved him." Etienne died later that night.
Edison Charles, 19, contracted cholera early in 2011 and spent six days in a clinic. He says the disease is all over the Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil: "The cholera is like death; it's going from door to door."
A garbage and sewage filled channel cuts through Cite Soleil, a slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Poor sanitation and lack of access to clean drinking water are the main factors that contribute to the spread of cholera.
The cholera outbreak in Haiti is currently the worst ongoing episode in the world.
Over the past 15 months, it has sickened more than half a million people and killed roughly 7,000. The bacteria has now spread throughout the Caribbean island, and medical experts say it will be around for years to come.
Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit, is planning to launch an unprecedented cholera vaccination campaign to try to curb the outbreak — but it faces many challenges, including a shortage of the vaccine.
The L.A. Unified School District is replacing the entire staff of the elementary school at the center of a growing sex abuse scandal. Two teachers from Miramonte Elementary have been arrested on suspicions of abusing and conducting lewd acts on children.
Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 11:57 am
The Obama administration's controversial decision to require religiously affiliated institutions like universities and medical centers to provide workers with health insurance that covers prescription birth control without a co-pay appears to have support from a majority of voters, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling.