BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1628

UK review of children's homes: The prime minister, Mr John Major, has announced a review of measures to protect children in residential homes. This follows a number of recent convictions of people for sexual offences against children placed in their care.

London hospital to test 1000 for TB: More than 1000 staff and patients are being tested for a drug resistant strain of tuberculosis after two confirmed and two suspected cases at London's St Thomas's Hospital.

Public opposes more NHS involvement in private medicine: Seven out of 10 British adults are against more involvement by the NHS in private medicine, according to research published by the Nuffield Hospitals Group. They opposed the idea of their local NHS hospital selling its own private medical insurance and felt that NHS hospitals should not try to attract more private patients.

UK fecundity puts brakes on population growth: Fecundity in the UK has now been at a level below that needed for the natural replacement of the population for more than two decades, according to the latest Population Trends from the Office for National Statistics. The publication also shows that the proportion of women in England and Wales still childless at 45 increased to 13% in 1994.

US experts urge switch from oral polio vaccine: A panel of experts at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended a switch to injectable polio vaccines. The change is designed to prevent the eight to 10 cases of polio caused each year by the existing oral polio vaccine.

Food and Drug Administration approves t-PA for stroke: The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of tissue plasminogen activator for use against non-haemorrhagic stroke. The thrombolytic agent has been shown to improve outcomes if used within three hours of onset of symptoms.

Parents get apology for vaccine tests: The company Kaiser Permanente of southern California has apologised to 900 mostly black and Hispanic families for giving their children doses of an experimental measles vaccine called EZ. The vaccine was administered between 1989 and 1991 without notifying parents that it was unlicensed.

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