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Daily Rounds: Securing The Psych Ward; Redefining Personhood; Bayer Birth Control Review; Classroom Breakfast

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Carney Hospital puts guards in adolescent unit - The Boston Globe "Carney Hospital has hired around-the-clock security guards for its adolescent psychiatry unit and is requiring nurse supervisors to check hourly that “staff are appropriately engaged with patients,’’ according to a response plan the hospital developed after an alleged sexual assault on the unit." (boston.com)

Abortion Foes Push To Redefine Personhood : NPR [Keith Mason is] "president of Personhood USA, a group that's trying to rewrite the laws and constitutions of every state — and some countries — to recognize someone as a person "exactly at creation," he says. "It's fertilization; it's when the sperm meets the egg." Mason says the basic problem is that science has advanced faster than policymaking. "We know, without a shadow of a doubt, when human life begins," he says. "But our laws have not caught up to what we know." And according to his organization, those laws should recognize every fertilized egg as an individual and complete human being." (npr.org)

U.S. Orders Review of Risks of Some Birth Control Pills - NYTimes.com "Bayer’s birth control pills will be reviewed by regulators after some studies suggested they may cause more blood clots than competing medicines. Two recent reports in the British Medical Journal found a twofold to threefold greater risk of blood clots in women taking pills like Bayer’s Yaz, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday in a statement."(nytimes.com)

In Chicago's Schools, Kids Start Day With Breakfast : NPR "Audubon is one of nearly 300 Chicago schools to begin serving breakfast in class this spring, as part of a district policy that says breakfast now must be served in elementary classrooms during school hours. Teacher Lourdes Valenzuela still starts the day by having kids read silently. Only now, a quarter of them also munch chocolate Mini-Wheats or scrambled eggs. "This disrupts a little bit their concentration, but I'm trying to teach them that if you're not eating, you're reading," Valenzuela says. "And if you're not reading, you're eating. Although, of course, the kids who are eating are not getting the same amount of silent reading time."" (npr.org)

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