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What to learn about measles in the United States as case count breaks record

What to learn about measles in the United States as case...

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Enlarge / A young child, seated in a bed in a clinical setting, who had presented with an extensive rash, which had developed due to a measles infection. The image was captured on day-3 of the rash, which is usually when the rash manifests, beginning on the face, then adopting a more generalized distribution. This…
Why “chickenpox celebrations” are a horrible concept– in case it’s not apparent

Why “chickenpox celebrations” are a horrible concept– in case it’s not...

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Enlarge / A child with chicken pox. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made headlines Tuesday after revealing in a radio interview that he had purposefully exposed his nine unvaccinated children to chickenpox, drawing swift condemnation from health experts. In case anyone needs a refresher on why you shouldn’t deprive children of safe, potentially lifesaving vaccines or…
Antivaxxers rely on homeschooling to prevent safeguarding their kids’ health

Antivaxxers rely on homeschooling to prevent safeguarding their kids’ health

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Enlarge / A boy at school. Anti-vaccine advocates in New York are encouraging parents to homeschool their children rather than protect them from serious diseases, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal. The move by New York anti-vaccine groups comes just weeks after state lawmakers eliminated exemptions that allowed parents to opt…
Vaping connected to 94 mystical cases of extreme lung illness in 14 states

Vaping connected to 94 mystical cases of extreme lung illness in...

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Enlarge / A person smokes a Juul Labs Inc. e-cigarette. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Saturday that it’s investigating a puzzling burst of severe lung-disease cases linked to e-cigarette product use or “vaping.” Between June 28 and August 15, health officials have counted 94 probable cases of severe lung illness in 14…
Anti-vax mamas take legal action against New York City as United States heads towards record measles spread out

Anti-vax mamas take legal action against New York City as United...

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Enlarge / NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: A sign warns people of measles in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg on April 10, 2019, in New York City. As a measles epidemic continues to spread, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a state of emergency and mandated residents of the…
Measles is eliminating more individuals in the DRC than Ebola– and faster

Measles is eliminating more individuals in the DRC than Ebola– and...

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Enlarge / A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center on July 15, 2019 in Goma. As the world anxiously monitors the outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo, health officials note that a measles outbreak declared last month in the country has killed more…
Measles cases struck 1,001 as anti-vaxxers hold another rally of disinformation

Measles cases struck 1,001 as anti-vaxxers hold another rally of disinformation

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BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 04: Anti-vaccine activist Del Bigtree speaks with journalists before entering an anti-vaccine symposium on June 4, 2019. Prominent anti-vaccine advocates and conspiracy theorists held another rally of misinformation in New York Tuesday as the national tally of measles cases ticked passed 1,000. The rally was held at an event hall in…
New York City states emergency situation over measles break out, mandates vaccinations

New York City states emergency situation over measles break out, mandates...

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Enlarge / A boy smiles as he gets a Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination. New York City officials declared a public health emergency Tuesday in parts of the Williamsburg neighborhood, where a measles outbreak has run rampant in an Orthodox Jewish community since last October—largely among unvaccinated children. As part of the emergency declaration, any…
Unlicensed “health coach” claims health guidance is complimentary speech– court disagrees

Unlicensed “health coach” claims health guidance is complimentary speech– court disagrees

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Enlarge / Unlicensed "health coach" Heather Del Castillo A federal court on Wednesday rejected claims by an unlicensed “health coach” that the unqualified health advice she provided to paying clients was protected speech under the First Amendment. In rejecting her claim, the court affirmed that states do indeed have the right to require that anyone…
Vaping-linked lung illness cases leap from 94 to 153 in 5 days, CDC states [Updated]

Vaping-linked lung illness cases leap from 94 to 153 in 5...

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Enlarge / A person exhales vapor while using an electronic cigarette device in San Francisco, California on Monday, June 24, 2019. Cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping rose from 94 to 153—a jump of over 60%—in just five days, according to an update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Saturday,…

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