Health Highlights: Feb. 8, 201302/08/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Schoolgirl Shot by Taliban Released From Hospital
Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the
head by a Taliban gunman, was released from a British hospital
Friday. She was targeted because she was a vocal critic of the
group's opposition to girls' education.
She was airlifted to Britain after the Oct. 9 attack and since
then has undergone skull reconstruction and received a cochlear
implant to restore her hearing. Malala was released for a few weeks
in January but was re-admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in
Birmingham to undergo the latest surgeries, the
Malala will continue her rehabilitation at her family's
temporary home in Birmingham. She and her family are expected to
remain in the U.K. for some time. Her father has a job at the
Pakistani consulate in Birmingham.
Before her latest round of operations, Malala released a video
statement in which she said she was "getting better, day by day,"
and would continue to speak out about girls' education, the
"I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated," Malala said in the video. She spoke clearly but the left side of her face appeared rigid.
Several States Considering Assisted Suicide Bills
Bills to make physician-assisted suicide legal are being
considered in a number of states as the issue becomes more
prominent due to the growing number of baby boomers facing
Proponents say there is strong public support for permitting
doctors to prescribe medications to enable terminally ill people
who are mentally competent to end their lives, the
A number of groups, including the national organization
Compassion & Choice, have been working to promote right-to-die
The states considering bills legalizing assisted suicide are
Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Vermont.
In addition, bills related to the issue are under consideration in
Arizona, Montana, New Hampshire and New York, the
Right-to-die laws were passed in Oregon and Washington after
Fewer Girls Undergoing Female Genital Mutilation: Report
Fewer girls in Africa and the Middle East are undergoing female
genital mutilation, according to new data released by the United
In 29 countries in those regions, 36 percent of girls ages 15 to
19 had been subjected to the procedure, compared with about 53
percent of women ages 45 to 49,
Female genital mutilation typically involves removing the
clitoris. It can lead to bleeding, infections and childbirth
problems. Last year, 1,775 communities in Africa publicly declared
their commitment to end the practice.
The new figures show that it is possible to end female genital
mutilation, Anthony Lake, UNICEF's executive director, said in a
BBC Newsreported. He said that female genital mutilation is
"deeply wrong" and that "we can and must end it to help millions of
girls and women lead healthier lives."
The data was released on the international day calling for an
end to female genital mutilation.
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