News bites: Medical device recalls, HPV vaccines and more

The Food and Drug Administration's top medical-device regulator said the agency needs more power to block unsafe products, Bloomberg reports. The comments by Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, come as House Democrats introduced legislation this month that would let the agency reject devices that have designs based on past products that were recalled for safety flaws.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending routine vaccination of boys against the human papillomavirus, which can cause cervical cancer, Kaiser Health News reports. Meanwhile, Virginia beat back an effort to repeal its vaccination mandate for young girls, The Washington Post reports

Colorado is joining Washington state in putting marijuana legalization on its November ballot.

Counterfeit versions of the cancer drug Avastin found in the United States contained solvents, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The results of a study of the Wii console by the journal Pediatrics "provide no reason to believe that simply acquiring an active video game under naturalistic circumstances provides a public health benefit to children."