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September 6, 2013 :: Motorcycle Safety Norms

The creation and implementation of safety norms can help reduce motorcycle deaths and injuries. Wearing a good-quality helmet, for example, can reduce the risk of severe injury by over 70%. Ninety countries in the world have a comprehensive helmet law covering all riders, all roads and all engine types, and apply a helmet standard. But more needs to be done. Motorcycle deaths more than tripled in the Americas in the last 12 years... 

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August 27, 2013 :: HIV Treatment

People with HIV can now live longer and in better health as a result of recent advances in access to antiretroviral treatment. This year, the World Health Organization released new guidelines to further expand the use of these drugs. Experts recommend treating adults, adolescents and children in an earlier stage helping to save more lives and prevent the transmission of the virus...

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August 16, 2013 :: HIV in Couples

Moises was aware of Maripaz’s HIV-positive status from the beginning. Maripaz was reluctant to start a new relationship at first, but a counselor told her that it was safe to have sex, provided she always used a condom. She has been on HIV medication, antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), since 2002, and today she remains healthy and Moises is still HIV-negative. Maripaz was fortunate that Moises knew that she was HIV-positive and how to protect himself.

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August 9, 2013 :: Vaccination of Older Adults

In a nursing home in La Antigua, Guatemala older adults are vaccinated against the flu. Immunization programs in the Region of the Americas pay special attention to vulnerable groups such as children, indigenous people and older adults. The influenza vaccination for people age 65 or over is critical to prevent complications, since the flu can have clinical manifestations ranging from mild to very severe in this age group...

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August 2, 2013 :: The Experience Of Breastfeeding a Child

Yocelin Vargas Sanchez, is a 21-year-old mother of two: six-year-old Elard and a beautiful newborn baby girl. Yocelin gave birth at the Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, where they showed her how to breastfeed her baby. “After I had my baby, they gave her to me and I put her to my breast, so she could feel the warmth of her mum, and then I breastfed her... It was a very nice experience to see how she latched onto my breast for the very first time.”

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