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Eager to Limit Exemptions to Vaccination, States Face Staunch Resistance

5 days ago from NY Times Science

Legislators trying to curb the numbers of unvaccinated children have been met with vigorous opposition from upset parents.

Global Health: For the Third Time, W.H.O. Declines to Declare the Ebola Outbreak an Emergency

5 days ago from NY Times Science

Even with more than 1,400 dead, the W.H.O. says the risk of the disease spreading beyond the region remains low and declaring an emergency could have backfired.

By the Numbers: Vaccines Are Safe

5 days ago from NY Times Science

Americans have received billions of doses of vaccines for everything from measles to the flu. In 30 years, very few injury claims have been filed with the federal government.

Vaccine Injury Claims Are Few and Far Between

5 days ago from NY Times Science

Data from a federal program designed to compensate people harmed by vaccines shows how rare it is for someone to claim they were hurt after getting vaccinated.

Dr. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Scrutinizer of Aging, Dies at 84

5 days ago from NY Times Science

Dr. Barrett-Connor founded and led an important long-term study on aging, using both men and women as subjects — an unusual method at the time.

Boarding Now: Parents of Children With Nut Allergies

5 days ago from NY Times Science

Airlines must permit some parents — or passengers with nut allergies themselves — to preboard in order to wipe down seats, federal regulators said.

Lactose drives Enterococcus expansion to promote graft-versus-host disease

5 days ago from Science NOW

Disruption of intestinal microbial communities appears to underlie many human illnesses, but the mechanisms that promote this dysbiosis and its adverse consequences are poorly understood. In patients who received allogeneic...

Home urine test for prostate cancer could revolutionize diagnosis

5 days ago from Science Blog

A simple urine test under development for prostate cancer detection can now use urine samples collected at home – according to new research from University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and...

Inflammatory processes may play role in ALS

5 days ago from Science Blog

The cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — a disabling neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and leads to weakened muscles and early death — is...

Hefty economic costs, new hospital admissions causes linked to daily PM2.5 exposure

5 days ago from Science Blog

The below Nov. 27, 2019 press release from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Image illustrating an asthma attack Hospitalizations for several common diseases—including septicemia (serious bloodstream infection), fluid and electrolyte disorders,...

How to make cement more climate-friendly

As India increases its use of cement, the boss of an Indian company hopes to curb its emissions.

Brown bear attacks: Deaths spark fear in Romania

Three men die in little over a month in Romania, home to Europe's biggest brown bear population.

Americans' struggles with medical bills are a foreign concept in other countries

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

People in other wealthy countries find Americans' health insurance deductibles hard to understand.

Column: A stem cell clinic under fire by the FDA and ex-patients files for bankruptcy

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

A La Jolla clinic pitching $15,000 stem cell treatments files for bankruptcy, facing a lawsuit from former patients.

CBD curious? What to know if you're in the market for a good night's sleep

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

Products made with CBD — touted as a cure-all for everything from insomnia to epilepsy, from arthritis to ADHD — are seemingly everywhere we look. Here's why you should discuss...

About 1 in 16 U.S. women say they were forced or coerced into losing their virginity

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

An estimated 1 in 16 women in the U.S. said they were forced or coerced into having sex for the first time. That equates to 3.3 million women ages of...

Gov. Gavin Newsom defends his actions on new California vaccine laws

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

Gov. Gavin Newsom pushed back against criticism of his handling of the new vaccine laws, which prompted protests at the state Capitol.

Abortion rate in the U.S. falls to a 46-year low, data show

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

The U.S. abortion rate hit a 46-year low in 2017, a drop experienced in states that have restricted the procedure and in states that have expanded access.

Opinion: The government's refusal to vaccinate migrants in detention puts us all at risk.

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

Conditions in immigrant detention facilities are ideal for creating deadly flu strains.

Column: Court reinstates lawsuit against Catholic hospital for refusing transgender patient's surgery

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

An appeals court reinstates a lawsuit against Dignity Health for denying surgery to a transgender patient.

A daily combo pill can boost the cardiovascular health of poor and minority Americans, study suggests

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

A study suggests a potentially effective way to improve the cardiovascular health of poor and minority Americans: Give them a daily pill with low doses of several heart medicines.

The hidden battle over California's new vaccine law

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

Of the more than 2,600 bills introduced this year in the California Legislature, none captured the public's attention like Senate Bill 276. Prompted by an alarming rise in measles cases...

Niche drugs become victims of their own success as off-label use leads to shortages

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

With IVIG in short supply, hospitals are left to make tough choices about who receives it. The expensive treatment may be a victim of its own widening use.

College health insurance costs vary widely. But there are plenty of options

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

Health insurance is important to have in college, especially if you have a chronic condition or in case of emergency. Students have several options.

Congratulations, America, you're eating better. But you still have a ways to go

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

U.S. adults made modest improvements in their diets in recent years but still eat too many low-quality carbohydrates and too much saturated fat.

Californians strongly back vaccine law in new statewide poll

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

Despite near-constant protests over a California vaccine bill, a new poll shows voters in the state overwhelmingly support increasing oversight of medical exemptions that allow children to skip some or...

Despite known health risks, researchers question the need to cut back on red meat

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

Red and processed meats are linked to cancer and heart disease. But if you eat it in moderation, there may be no benefit to cutting back, some researchers say.

Health officials confirm first West Nile virus death in L.A. County this year

5 days ago from LA Times - Health

The person was a South Bay resident who was hospitalized and died from West Nile virus-associated neuroinvasive disease.