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BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 20 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:632

Chinese health ministry takes over drug regulation: China’s Ministry of Health will take control of the State Food and Drug Administration and become directly responsible for monitoring the country’s food and drug safety. The administration’s former chief, Zheng Xiaoyu, was executed in July last year for accepting bribes from companies wanting to push through products without the required safety checks.

A quarter of US teenage girls have sexually transmitted infection: A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 26% of girls aged 14-19 were infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), chlamydia, herpes simplex, or trichomoniasis. The figure in black American …

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