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What We're Reading: Limited Screen Time for Children; HIV Prevention Drug Licensing; NYC Confirms 30 New Measles Cases


The World Health Organization recommends little to no screen time for children under age 5; senators urge HHS to ensure that government patents on the HIV prevention drug Truvada are properly licensed; New York City health officials have confirmed 31 new cases of measles in less than a week.

WHO Recommends Limited Screen Time for Children

The World Health Organization (WHO) for the first time has issued guidelines on children under age 5, recommending that children aged 2 to 4 be exposed to electronic screens for no more than 1 hour per day; infants less than age 1 should not be exposed to electronic screens at all. Instead, WHO is emphasizing the importance of children under 5 getting adequate physical activity and sleep to prevent obesity and other diseases later in life.

Senators Urge HHS to Ensure Proper Licensing on HIV Prevention Drug

As AIDS activists continue to push CDC to reach a deal with Gilead Sciences over royalties for HIV prevention pill Truvada, several senators are urging HHS to explain what steps, if any, are being taken to ensure that patents held by the government on the drug are properly licensed. According to STAT News, the senators have asked the agency to demonstrate how they determine whether treatments are affordable when considering licensing patents.

More Than 30 New Measles Cases in New York

New York City health officials have confirmed 31 new cases of measles in less than a week, including 2 cases in pregnant women. Officials also said they have issued summonses to 12 parents for failing to vaccinate their children, which violates the public health emergency the city declared earlier this month. There are now 390 confirmed cases of measles in the city, up from the 359 cases last Thursday, increasing the nationwide total to 657, reported The Hill.

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