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Children’s MMR vaccine rate drops 2%, 250,000 kindergarteners vulnerable to measles: CDC

Courtney Perry/For the Washington Post (NEW YORK) — National MMR coverage has dropped 2% from the 2019-2021 school year to the 2022-2023 school year, which means approximately 250,000 kindergartners are at risk for measles infection around the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 93.1% rate during the 2022–23 school is 2% lower than the 95% …

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Nearly 3 million asthma attacks could be prevented among children with cleaner energy: Report

P Deliss/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Nearly three million asthma attacks in children could be prevented by 2050 if the United States transitioned to electric vehicles and clean power, according to a new report published Wednesday. Researchers from the American Lung Association (ALA) say these goals would also avert millions of other respiratory symptoms and save hundreds of infant lives …

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Alabama Supreme Court ruling raises questions about IVF access

Marilyn Nieves/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Experts are speaking out after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday that frozen embryos qualify as people under state law, a decision that critics say could threaten families’ access to fertility treatments in the post-Roe era. In an unprecedented decision, the state’s highest court ruled that “unborn children are ‘children’ … without exception based …

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Women get same exercise benefit as men, with less effort, study finds

Guido Mieth/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — A new study not only confirms known research that regular physical activity can prolong life and lower a person’s risk of dying, it also finds that women experience greater benefits from exercise than men do, at lower amounts of exercise. Using findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey, …

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Fifth case of measles linked to Florida elementary school outbreak

DIGICOMPHOTO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The number of measles cases linked to an elementary school outbreak in southern Florida has risen to five. The outbreak at Manatee Bay Elementary School in Weston — 20 miles west of Fort Lauderdale and located in Broward County — was first reported on Friday with the initial patient being a third-grade student …

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Medical experts sound the alarm on growing diabetic amputations among Black patients

Sorrasak Jar Tinyo/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — In operating rooms across the country, more and more diabetics are receiving amputations due to complications from type-2 diabetes. The life-altering procedures are more common among Black and Latino patients who are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease, according to health data. Despite the grim figures, medical professionals said that diabetics …

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FDA approves Xolair, first medicine for kids, adults with food allergies

ATU Images/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Xolair as the first and only medicine for people with one or more food allergies after the clinical trial data for the injectable asthma medication showed it helped people curb food-related allergic reactions. “The FDA approval is based on positive data from the Phase III OUtMATCH …

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Amid rising measles cases, a new generation of doctors is being taught how to spot the disease

Penpak Ngamsathain/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Over the last several years, isolated outbreaks of measles have been popping up across the United States. Most recently, between Dec. 1, 2023, and Jan. 23, 2024, there have been 23 confirmed cases of measles with infections reported in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the Washington, D.C. area. Emergency medicine physicians and departments have …

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