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Global study finds newborns struggle to survive

LONDON (Reuters) - Fewer newborn babies are dying worldwide, but progress is too slow and Africa is being left behind, said a global study led by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Pre-chewed food may pose HIV threat to infants

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study from South Africa found that more than two-thirds of mothers and other caregivers pre-chew food for their infants -- possibly putting those babies at risk of HIV if the caregiver is HIV-positive. Though the researchers didn't ask the caregivers whether or not they had the virus when they discussed infant feeding, about half of them were interviewed at an HIV clinic.

Migraines are not a lupus symptom: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite a commonly-held belief among many doctors who treat lupus patients, headaches -- particularly migraines -- are not a manifestation of that disease and should be treated as a separate problem, report researchers in Greece. Previous studies that found migraines to be more common in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may have suffered from methodological errors, said senior author Dr. Dimos Mitsikostas from Athens Naval Hospital, and have led doctors to dismiss headaches as a neurological symptom of lupus.

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