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5 Things You Should Know About Vaccines

The development of vaccines is classified as one of the top ten public health accomplishments of the 20th century, and deservedly so — these cost-effective measures avert hundreds of millions of cases of disease and save millions of lives each year. As we celebrate World Immunization Week (April 24-30), here’s a look at some of the key facts about vaccines: Continue reading

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New Evidence Undermines The Entire Premise Of Anti-Abortion Laws

As the Supreme Court deliberates over one of the most critical abortion rights cases of the last several decades, a newly-published study has revealed findings with profound implications for the abortion debate as a whole: In contrast to what abortion opponents claim, recent reductions in the U.S. abortion rate are attributable almost entirely to a … Continue reading

Unintended Pregnancy Plunges To Lowest Rate In 30 Years, Thanks To IUDs

A new study finds that the unintended pregnancy rate in the United States declined by 18 percent between 2008 and 2011, falling to the lowest rate in more than three decades. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, attributes the dramatic decline in unintended pregnancies to the increasing use of long-acting reversible … Continue reading

STUDY: Climate Change-Fueled Food Crisis Could Kill Half A Million People By 2050

More than half a million people could die in the next few decades as a result of reduced global food production caused by climate change, according to new research published Wednesday in The Lancet. The study, from the UK-based Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food at the University of Oxford, is the first … Continue reading

Good News For Obamacare: 2016 Enrollment Numbers Exceed Hopes

The Department of Health and Human Services just released the 2016 enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act, and the results are good news for supporters of the President’s signature health care law: the third enrollment season brought in nearly 13 million sign-ups for Obamacare, exceeding the government’s goals for enrollment and beating last year’s … Continue reading

STUDY: Increasing Breastfeeding Could Save More Than 800,000 Lives Annually

A new analysis estimates that approximately 800,000 childhood deaths and 20,000 breast cancer deaths could be averted if nearly all women worldwide breast-fed their infants and young children. That decrease in children’s deaths is equivalent to 13 percent of all deaths in children younger than 2 years of age, the study authors reported in a … Continue reading

A Serious Birth Defect Is On The Rise Among Children Of Young Black Mothers

A serious birth defect that causes the intestines to hang out of a newborn’s body near the belly button area is on the rise among babies born to young black mothers in the U.S., and health officials have no idea why. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sounded the alarm about the birth defect, … Continue reading

CDC Issues Guidance On How To Care For Babies With Zika Virus

U.S. health officials on Tuesday issued interim guidelines for health care professionals in the United States caring for infants born to mothers who traveled or lived in an area with Zika virus transmission during pregnancy. The guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call for pediatricians to work closely with obstetricians caring … Continue reading

How Poverty Makes Children’s Brains More Susceptible To Depression

Stark and rising socioeconomic inequalities plague many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But the effects of inequality’s may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that socioeconomic disadvantage can actually induce permanent changes in brain connectivity that put poor children at higher … Continue reading

No, Syrian Refugees Aren’t Going To Bring A ‘Flesh-Eating Disease’ Into America

Already ravaged by years of violent conflict and terrorism, the people of Syria are now also battling against an outbreak of leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease that has taken hold across large swaths of the war-torn country. Making this desperate situation even worse, conservative media outlets like Breitbart News have pounced upon the opportunity to stir … Continue reading

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