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Sep 1, 2011, 8:52 p.m.

National survey shows more young children getting vaccines

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Despite some public concerns about vaccine safety, more young children are getting immunized in the United States for preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis A, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. The percentage of children ages 19 to 35 months who received one or more doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine increased to 91.5 percent from 90 percent in 2010 over the previous year, the CDC said.

Gel fuel linked to flash fires, severe burns recalled

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nine manufacturers will recall a pourable gel used to fuel decorative fire pots after explosions severely burned dozens of people, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. The gel fuels indoor and outdoor decorative lighting basins sought for their ambience but has been linked to unexpected explosions that splatter skin and furniture with the molten, long-burning substance, the CPSC said. The substance, likened by victims to napalm, sticks to the skin and is difficult to extinguish.

FDA may get two more months to review new drugs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators and the drug industry want to extend by two months the deadline for the Food and Drug Administration to approve or reject new drugs. The extended timeline was tucked into the proposed deal the FDA forged with the prescription drug industry on the fees companies pay for drug reviews. The FDA posted the proposal on its website on Thursday.

Breastfeeding tied to kids' brainpower

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study from the UK, kids who were breastfed as babies had higher scores on tests of vocabulary and reasoning at age five than those who weren't breastfed. Breastfeeding seemed to make the biggest difference for babies who were born early and therefore had more catching up to do in their brain development.

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