UNICEF gets assistance to children evacuated from besieged area of Homs – UNICEF (press release)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

News note UNICEF gets assistance to children evacuated from besieged area of Homs HOMS, Syria 11 February 2014 – At least 500 women and children were among civilians evacuated from the besieged old city of Homs over the past few days during the ongoing humanitarian operation being undertaken by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The humanitarian pause was the first that the UN has brokered in…

Vaccination exemptions still on states’ legislative agendas – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Most of the bills introduced in those 18 states sought to expand the exemptions available to school immunization requirements, but none of those bills passed, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. In California, a bill signed into law in 2012 allows parents to send their children to public school without vaccinations after they submit a form signed by a health professional affirming that they had been…

Exclusive: PM Pediatrics raises $14 million from Scopia – Fortune (blog)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

After-hours urgent care chain PM Pediatrics raises $14 million from Scopia Capital Management. FORTUNE — PM Pediatrics, a chain of after-hours pediatric care clinics in New York and New Jersey, has quietly raised $14 million from the private equity unit of $4 billion hedge investment manager Scopia Capital Management. This is the second time that Scopia has backed PM Pediatrics, having previously invested $10 million. The basic value proposition of…

How Peer Pressure Explains Vaccination Rates –

Thursday, February 20, 2014

  The nurse in this 2006 photograph was in the process of administering an intramuscular vaccination in the left shoulder muscle of a young girl. The nurse was pinching the overlying shoulder skin, in order to immobilize the injection site. Credit: CDC In a purely rational world, vaccination rates would vacillate constantly depending on how much people fear getting sick. That’s what attempts to model vaccination rates mathematically have found….

UNICEF, government vaccinating over 1.7 million children in Guinea amid … – UNICEF (press release)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Press release UNICEF, government vaccinating over 1.7 million children in Guinea amid measles outbreak CONAKRY, Guinea/DAKAR, Senegal, 11 February 2014 – As the death toll and the number of suspected cases of measles continue to rise in Guinea, UNICEF and the Government of Guinea have kicked off a massive emergency campaign to vaccinate over 1.7 million children in an effort to stop the spread of measles throughout the country. Over…

Found: Girl in 1981 Lego Ad Is Now an Alt-Medicine Doctor in Seattle – Mashable

Thursday, February 20, 2014

In January, a 1981 Lego ad made the rounds on Reddit and social media. For some, the ad illustrated how ads back then adhered less stringently to gender roles. The story behind the ad is even more compelling. It’s not only the brainchild of a female creative director, but the model herself is also a living embodiment of female empowerment. That little girl grew up to be Rachel Giordano, a…

What Hollywood Can Learn From The Success Of ‘The Lego Movie’ – Forbes

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Lego Movie seems like the kind of film that was dreamed up by a bunch of marketing executives looking for product integration. The concept is a 90-minute ad. It shouldn’t have worked. And yet the film is a bona fide hit, grossing $69 million in its opening weekend. Critics are raving and audiences give it an A Cinemascore, which means the movie has legs and should keep earning for…

Barbie Dreamhouse sneak peek: pink and frothy, techie and tempting – Pioneer Press

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Three little girls walked through the back of Barbie’s wardrobe on Monday at Mall of America and escaped into a pink-glittered world called the Barbie Dreamhouse Experience. The trio from Rosemount — Mya Bowser, 9, Trinity Bowser, 7, and Sariah Smith, 6 — were able to preview the world’s biggest Barbie Dreamhouse before it opens to the public on Friday because they have connections: Mya and Trinity’s mom, Brittany Bowser,…

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