Which US 'hotspot' is at highest risk because parents skip vaccines?

Which US 'hotspot' is at highest risk because parents skip vaccines?

By Lena H. Sun Public health officials have long known that the United States has pockets of vulnerability where the risk of measles and other vaccine-preventable childhood diseases is higher because parents hesitate or refuse to get their children immunized. Eighteen states allow parents to opt their children out of school immunization requirements for nonmedical […]

Heart-wrenching photo shows brother comforting little sister hours before she died

Heart-wrenching photo shows brother comforting little sister hours before she died

Heart-wrenching photo shows brother comforting little sister hours before she died  USA TODAY Photo of boy, 6, comforting sister dying of rare brain cancer goes viral  Fox News Photo shows brother comforting little sister hours before she died  KTVB.com Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital The story behind the viral […]

Top Cancer Researcher Resigns From Salk Institute

Top Cancer Researcher Resigns From Salk Institute

Inder Verma, one of the world’s leading authorities on gene therapy and cancer who was under investigation following sexual harassment allegations, has resigned from his position with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The Salk Board of Trustees met Monday to go over the findings of an internal investigation launched in April.  Science magazine had […]

So, Does This Mean Feeling "Hangry" Isn't Actually A Thing?

So, Does This Mean Feeling "Hangry" Isn't Actually A Thing?

For the study, researchers performed two experiments, one online and one in a lab setting. For the first experiment, they showed people images that were meant to induce positive (kittens), neutral (a rock), or negative (an angry dog) feelings, then showed them an ambiguous image (a Chinese character) and told them to rank the character […]

Massachusetts sues executives from opioid maker Purdue Pharma

Massachusetts sues executives from opioid maker Purdue Pharma

Massachusetts on Wednesday became the first state to target the executives of the company that produces prescription painkiller OxyContin for their role in allegedly creating the opioid epidemic. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D announced a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma as well as 16 current and former directors and executives, including CEO Craig Landau and […]

Anti-vaccine hot spots on rise across US, study finds

Anti-vaccine hot spots on rise across US, study finds

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE More than a quarter of kindergarteners in Camas County, Idaho, lack at least some vaccinations because their parents have opted for nonmedical exemptions, researchers said Tuesday. Idaho has eight of the top 10 counties in the country with […]

Anti-Vaccine Angst: How US exemption hotspots could harm public health

Anti-Vaccine Angst: How US exemption hotspots could harm public health

No one likes injections, but most of us are glad to receive the many effective vaccines against infectious diseases such as measles and polio. In recent years, however, a growing anti-vaccine backlash has led to concerns over whether enough of our population is vaccinated against common diseases to prevent disease outbreaks taking hold. In a […]

Naperville bat 2nd to test positive for rabies in Will County

Naperville bat 2nd to test positive for rabies in Will County

Will County Health Department | Facebook Subscribe for unlimited digital access.Try one month for $1! Subscribe for unlimited digital access. Try one month for $1! Subscribe Print subscriber? A bat captured last week at a west suburban Naperville home has tested positive for rabies, according to the Will County Health Department. It was the second […]

St. Anthony's Medical Center announces $58 million expansion

St. Anthony's Medical Center announces $58 million expansion

St. Anthony’s Medical Center will be opening an addition on-campus cancer center along with the construction of nine Mercy clinics across various local areas. (Credit: St. Anthony’s Medical Center) St. Anthony’s Medical Center will be opening an addition on-campus cancer center along with the construction of nine Mercy clinics across various local areas. (Credit: St. […]

US Health Officials' New Plan to Fight the Opioid Crisis: Stop Chronic Pain Before It Starts

US Health Officials' New Plan to Fight the Opioid Crisis: Stop Chronic Pain Before It Starts

The opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone.Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) On Tuesday, the National Institutes of Health revealed its new plan to tackle the opioid crisis, which it dubbed the Helping to End Addiction Long-term, or HEAL, initiative. Among the ideas presented are research programs devoted to better understanding chronic pain, developing new non-opioid painkillers and […]