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Hawaiian schools' low vaccination rates spark fear after Samoa measles outbreak
LPETTET/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The recent outbreak of measles in Samoa, which has killed 72 people, has sparked fears about low vaccination rates in Hawaii.In eight schools at least 30% of students were unvaccinated as of the 2018-2019 school year, according to state health department data.Hawaii is one state that permits both religious and medical exemptions to vaccinations.Janice Okubo, a spokesperson for the Hawaii State Department of Health, called the low vaccination rates in those schools "very concerning," but stressed that most schools in Hawaii have high vaccination rates. "We recently updated our state vaccination requirements for school entry, making...
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Kim Kardashian West had five reproductive surgeries in a year and half
Amy Sussman/E! Entertainment (NEW YORK) -- Kim Kardashian West is a mother of four, but having her family was no easy feat.In a new video to promote her Skims loungewear, the reality TV star revealed that she had to have five surgeries in a year and a half to fix the damage caused by her first two pregnancies.However, she added, she did not reveal her struggles to her fans at the time, choosing instead to forge ahead with filming her reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and going on photo shoots.Ultimately, she used surrogates to carry her third...
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Woman was denied morning-after pill because of pharmacists' beliefs: Lawsuit
stevecoleimages/iStock (NEW YORK) -- A woman in Minnesota is suing two pharmacies, including CVS, for sex discrimination after she claims she was denied a morning-after pill.Andrea Anderson, a 39-year-old mother of five, said she was first refused the pill at her local pharmacy, Thrifty White Pharmacy in McGregor, according to a lawsuit filed in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District on Tuesday. Anderson called in the prescription and just before she went to pick it up, she received a call from a pharmacist there who told her that he couldn't fill the prescription because of his "personal beliefs," the lawsuit claims.After complaining...
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5-year-old boy battling cancer gets magical send-off to treatment on 'unicorn'
Jennifer Nielsen (MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A boy who loves unicorns met two in real life thanks to a send-off party from his kindergarten classmates.Wyatt Haas was diagnosed with brain cancer on Nov. 15. On Dec. 6, his community held a farewell party at the neighborhood park before he headed to St. Jude's in Memphis, Tenn., to undergo treatment."I don't think he expected to see a unicorn at the park," dad Zach Haas of Fallon, Montana, told "Good Morning America." "I think he just expected to see friends. He was super excited."Wyatt had surgery on Nov. 16 to remove part of...
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'Alarmist' vaping bans lack nuance, may do more harm than good: Report
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Recent deaths linked to vaping have, in the eyes of many, cast it as public health enemy No. 1, but a new report suggests vilifying vaping could do more long-term harm than good.In an article published Thursday in the journal Science, experts, including the deans of three U.S. public health schools, warned about a potential backlash from "prohibitionist" measures.Politicians have scrambled to react to the 2,291 lung injuries and 48 deaths linked to vaping reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of early December."As we move to confront these challenges, we face the...
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How one woman went from a double lung transplant to a gold medal
Sheri Norris (NEW YORK) -- Tennis is everything for Genie Kilpatrick.Ever since her mom signed her up for classes when she was young, "tennis has been my life," she said. "It saved my life in so many ways.""I was a chubby little kid and needed some sort of a -- some way to exercise," Kilpatrick said.Tennis was also her window into social life and belonging in high school.She even went on to get a full-ride college scholarship for her talents. After graduating, she became a tennis coach for a living and met her wife, Sheri Norris, through the sport.But in...
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Amid impeachment, House Democrats push measure to lower the cost of prescription drugs
iStock (WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that later in the day the House would debate and then vote Thursday on a bill that she said would reduce prescription drug costs, the latest example of Democrats drawing attention to their legislative efforts while they pursue impeachment."I have seen grown men cry about how they cannot meet their families needs because of the crushing burden of prescription drug costs," Pelosi said Wednesday, announcing Democrats have the votes to pass the legislation.Although Pelosi didn't mention impeachment, the drug cost bill announcement comes one day after House Democrats formally filed two...
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Intermittent fasting is Google's most-searched diet of 2019: Is it right for you?
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Intermittent fasting -- eating only during a certain period of time -- has become a buzzy wellness trend, pushing it into the top spot as the most searched diet of 2019, according to Google.The idea of fasting is, of course, thousands of years old but intermittent fasting, or IF, has captured the zeitgeist thanks to new research and celebrities like Halle Berry talking about the way of eating.The good news, according to experts, is that intermittent fasting is one nutrition trend that is safe and effective."It's nice when something is popular and actually safe," said Robin...
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Clinics where majority of women get abortions are rapidly closing: Report
Casimiro/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The majority of women who seek abortions each year do so at independent abortion clinics, which are closing at a precarious rate, according to a new report.The number of independent clinics fell 32% in recent years, from 510 clinics in 2012 to only 344 as of November, according to a report published Wednesday by the Abortion Care Network, a national association for independent abortion providers. The group gathers annual data from every abortion clinic in the United States that publicly discloses providing abortion care.As it stands, 58% of women receive abortion care at independent clinics, compared...
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Vegan influencer called out for saying carnivore diet left her feeling healthier
magnetcreative/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Alyse Parker shares messages of self-love and empowerment with YouTube videos about her lifestyle from diet and exercise to home tours.But now, the YouTuber with over 700,000 subscribers and thousands of Instagram followers has ruffled some feathers -- especially among her largely vegan following.After four-and-a-half years of being vegan, Parker shared a video and corresponding Instagram post about her strict 30-day carnivore diet."I wanted to just try something new and see how my body would respond to this," Parker told ABC News. "I started to experience mental decline and just struggles with cognitive function -- I...
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Woman's viral Facebook post on losing family member to overdose touches thousands
Susan Cicotte (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- A family who lost someone they love to a drug overdose is sharing their story in hopes of helping others who may be struggling with addiction.On June 1, Christopher Pennington of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died. The 35-year-old father of two faced addiction before ultimately overdosing.Pennington's family describes him as a "giver" -- a person who wanted to help others, no matter what.He loved skateboarding, music, was a drummer in a band and enjoyed playing disc golf with his brothers and his 8-year-old son."I have three other children and 10 grandchildren and it's affected us...
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Baby Boomers aren't actually lonelier than previous generations
Ridofranz/iStock (NEW YORK) -- In contrast to media reports in recent years about a crisis of increasing isolation and loneliness in the United States, called an "epidemic" by the former surgeon general, new research indicates that's not necessarily true -- at least for Baby Boomers."That the narrative appears false for older adults," said Louise Hawkley, lead author of one of two new studies, both published Tuesday in the journal Psychology and Aging.While researchers did not examine rates of loneliness and isolation among younger adults, Hawkley and her coauthors found that Baby Boomers aren't lonelier than similarly aged adults in previous...
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