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Toothpaste taken off shelves after health warning: Spain ordered 700000 tubes of toothpaste from China to be removed from supermarkets last week after they were found to contain diethylene glycol, a substance used in antifreeze. In Italy a man was treated in hospital for an allergic reaction after he brushed his teeth with fake Colgate toothpaste.
Iraqi refugees in neighbouring countries are given equal medical status: The health ministers of Syria, Jordan, and Egypt, meeting in Damascus last week, reaffirmed a previous commitment to provide medical treatment to Iraqi refugees on the same basis as their own citizens. Representatives of Iraq's government, the United Nations, and international relief agencies agreed to help bear the costs and to seek international funding.
Health minister launches campaign on dementia: The Department of Health in England has launched a 12 month study to devise a strategy on dementia that will include better awareness, earlier diagnosis, and better care. (See.) There are currently 600000 people with dementia in England, and the number is set to double in the next 30 years. The Alzheimer's Society says that more than half of those who have the disease will never receive a formal diagnosis.www.dh.gov.uk
New cases among Darfur refugees set back polio campaign: The discovery of two cases of polio among refugees in Chad has led to another emergency immunisation drive in Darfur, Sudan. Although the United Nations Security Council last week authorised the world's largest peacekeeping operation to protect humanitarian workers in Darfur, troops are not expected on the ground before next year.
Psychiatrist is awarded settlement after fraud allegations: The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has agreed to pay $374072 (£184320; €271275) to settle a lawsuit brought by Stefan Kruszewski, a psychiatrist who was fired after he charged the agency with fraud and with treating children with unproved psychiatric drugs (BMJ 2004;329:69). The agency said that the settlement does not constitute admission of fault.