Study maps need for kids' doctors in rural areas
There are enough children's doctors in the United States, they just work in the wrong places, a new study finds. Some wealthy areas are saturated, other parts of the nation have few or none. Nearly 1 million kids live in areas with no local children's doctor. By moving doctors, the study published today in the journal Pediatrics suggests, it would be possible for every child to have a pediatrician or family physician nearby. There should be more focus on evening out the distribution than on increasing the overall supply, lead author Dr. Scott Shipman of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Lebanon, N.H., said. Growth in the number of pediatricians and family physicians has outpaced increases in the U.S. child population, he and his colleagues found, yet the analysis shows nearly all 50 states have extremely uneven distribution of primary care doctors for children.
U.S. orders nearly all personnel out
The U.S. State Department ordered most of its personnel to leave because of the deteriorating security situation and growing anti-Western sentiment. The order exempts only the State Department's emergency personnel. U.S. officials also warned American citizens to avoid travel to the West African nation. A disputed presidential election has led to deadly violence and threats of international sanctions if President Laurent Gbagbo refuses to concede to Alassane Ouattara, whose victory has been recognized by the United Nations, United States, former colonizer France and the African Union.
Weather stalls travel in Europe
Stranded travelers slept on makeshift beds at European airports as wintry weather caused travel havoc, dashing the hopes of those attempting to head away for the holidays by road, rail and air. Heathrow Airport, Europe's busiest hub, stopped accepting arrivals Sunday, at the start of the Christmas travel rush. About 40 percent of flights were canceled at Germany's Frankfurt airport and at Paris' Charles de Gaulle.
Military seizes drug-plagued area
The military declared a state of siege, with the government initiating the monthlong measure in the Alta Verapaz province to reclaim cities that have been taken over by Mexico's Zetas drug gang, Ronaldo Robles, a spokesman for President Alvaro Colom, told radio station Emisoras Unidas. A state of siege allows the army to detain suspects without warrants, conduct warrantless searches, prohibit gun possession and public gatherings, and control the local news media.
Food safety bill passes again
The Senate for the second time passed the bill that would give the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food. Passed three weeks ago, it was caught in a constitutional snag when senators mistakenly included tax provisions that are by law supposed to originate in the House. The version passed Sunday was amended to avoid another such mishap. The $1.4 billion bill would place stricter standards on imported foods and require larger producers to follow tougher rules for keeping food safe.