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Washington state pushes to take away vaccination exemptions amid measles outbreak
Pornpak Khunatorn/iStock (SEATTLE) -- After 74 confirmed cases of measles, Washington state politicians are taking action.The state Senate has passed a bill that, if enacted, would revoke the state's vaccination exemption for those who have a personal or philosophical opposition to vaccines.If enacted, the bill wouldn't apply to all vaccines but only the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine that helps prevent the spread of those three diseases.The bill narrowly passed the state Senate in a 25-22 vote Wednesday, and a very similar version passed the state House in early March, meaning that the finalized version is set to head...
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Nina Garcia opens up about her preventative double mastectomy
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Fashion maven Nina Garcia, the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine and a judge on Project Runway opened up about her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy earlier this year, saying she felt in her industry it was "very important to stand up and be like, 'You know what? We are not perfect.'"Garcia told ABC News' Robin Roberts that she underwent the preventative surgery after taking a test to see if she had BRCA-genetic mutation. "To my surprise and horror, I got that envelope that said positive," she said. The two BRCA genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2)...
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'Patient zero' of Michigan measles outbreak thought he was immune: Doctor
Hailshadow/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The man who is believed to have brought the ongoing measles outbreak to Michigan thought he was immune to the disease, according to a doctor who spoke with him.The man, who remains unidentified but is believed to be "patient zero" in Michigan, traveled to the Great Lake state from New York in March. The man had previously traveled to the U.S. from Israel in November, making it unlikely that he was infected then, and more likely that he caught the disease while in New York, according to Steve McGraw, the emergency medical services director for Oakland...
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