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Vaccine hesitancy

The commissioner of the FDA and the director of the Centre for Biologics evaluation and research at the FDA presented their views on the current state of vaccine acceptance in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently.

Valproate in men conceiving children

There is some evidence to suggest that men using valproate in the three months prior to the conception of a child, may have an increased risk of fathering children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Lignocaine for local anaesthesia

In an effort to avoid iatrogenic errors, the attached National Department of Health circular highlights the importance of correct dosing by weight (mg/kg) for children requiring local anaesthesia with lignocaine (lidocaine) for suturing.