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Goats and Soda
12:47 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Cuba Is First To Earn WHO Seal For Ending Mother-Baby HIV Transmission

A pregnant woman in Cuba with HIV would be referred to a policlinic, like the one above, for specialized care.
Courtesy of Pan American Health Organization/WHO

A woman has HIV. She becomes pregnant. What are the chances that she can deliver a baby who is not infected?

In some countries, like Yemen, for example, only 11 percent of pregnant women with HIV receive treatment to prevent their babies from being infected. For women who aren't part of that fortunate group, the chance of passing HIV to their infant is as high as 45 percent.

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Shots - Health News
12:18 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

After Measles Outbreaks, Parents Shift Their Thinking On Vaccines

Most of the people who got measles in last year's outbreaks hadn't been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.
Photo illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Nothing like a good measles outbreak to get people thinking more kindly about vaccines.

One third of parents say they think vaccines have more benefit than they did a year ago, according to a poll conducted in May.

That's compared to the 5 percent of parents who said they now think vaccines have fewer benefits and 61 percent who think the benefits are the same.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Burt Shavitz, Namesake And Co-Founder Of Burt's Bees, Dies

Burt Shavitz, who co-founded Burt's Bees, died Sunday in Bangor, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Burt Shavitz, the man whose face is on your minty Burt's Bees chapstick and body wash, died on Sunday in Bangor, Maine. He was 80.

NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports that Shavitz's death was as a result of respiratory complications.

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Goats and Soda
11:50 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Monsoon Takes A Break; Tibetans Celebrate Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday

On July 6, Tibetan men living in Kathmandu, Nepal, danced during celebrations to mark the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 12:40 pm

This weekend the monsoon started pouring down on the hilly streets of Dharamsala in northern India. But the rain held off on Monday as thousands of Tibetans gathered at the town's Buddhist temple to celebrate the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday.

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Parallels
11:22 am
Mon July 6, 2015

What's Next For Greece?

Greek supporters of the "no" vote celebrate at Syntagma Square in Athens on Sunday night after the results were announced. Greeks overwhelmingly rejected the demands of creditors for more austerity in return for rescue loans. But the country has no clear way out of its financial crisis.
Petr David Josek AP

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 11:57 am

Greeks waved flags and danced in the streets after they overwhelmingly voted to reject further austerity measures from their international creditors. But now comes the reckoning, as Greece faces the realities of an economy out of money and creditors out of patience.

Here are some of the fundamental questions:

When will the banks reopen?

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