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Kids given plasma despite no clear benefit: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many kids get plasma transfusions when there's little evidence they do much good, according to a new study. Transfusions of so-called fresh frozen plasma are sometimes given to both kids and adults whose blood has problems clotting, or if they have lost a lot of blood from surgery or an accident.

Colds and stomach bugs not tied to cerebral palsy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite concerns that a mother's infections during pregnancy may raise her baby's risk of cerebral palsy, common colds and stomach flu were not tied to the birth defect in a new study. Other more serious infections, and factors like a woman's history of miscarriage or family history of cerebral palsy, were associated with increased risk to babies, Dr. Michael E. O'Callaghan of the University of Adelaide, Australia, one of the study authors told Reuters Health. "There's an increased chance but it's still low."

Obama's healthcare law appealed to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to back the centerpiece of Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare overhaul -- the requirement that all Americans have health insurance. The appeal was largely expected as a high court ruling against the law could be a fatal blow to the president's signature domestic policy achievement and could have major implications for his re-election bid.

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