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Measles and the anti-vaccination movement

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:55pm
LI #02 Measles

It is ironic that the success of modern vaccination programs against ancient scourges such as measles has been part of the reason parents today are so ignorant about what these diseases can do. A recent outbreak in California has demonstrated the effects of this lack of knowledge:

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Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes may be Released in Florida

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 10:00am
LI #16 mosquito

I recently reported on the chikungunya virus that is raging in South America. There are concerns that

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WARNING: Don’t Go to Disneyland Unvaccinated

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00pm
LI #11 Disneyland

Since I last reported on the Disneyland Measles Outbreak, the number of infected people in California has expanded to 68 and has prompted a warning from a state official.

It’s really difficult to tell now when the last day of exposure might be,” said Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director of the state’s...

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Good news, America! Our kids have a new Food Czar!

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:00am
food czar

When the spread of Ebola in this country was of paramount concern, President Obama hired an “Ebola Czar.”

Now, as more and more school districts are giving Michelle Obama’s signature school lunch program a double F minus, she has tapped a new “Food Czar”.

First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday announced the new...

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Single Payer Activists Disrupt Vermont Gov’s Inauguration

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 10:46am
Vermont Single Payer Protester

Single payer activists disrupted the inauguration of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin this weekend. Somewhere between November and now, we forgot to tell them that even though a Democrat won the election, they lost.

Mike Donoghue of the Burlington Free Press:

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CA small businesses greet New Year with health insurance hangovers

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 29, 2014 at 10:00am
LI #42 California

I thought it would be an excellent time as I recover from my bout with the flu to check in on the state of my state…and it looks like the diagnosis is poor—especially if you own a small business in California, as a leading health insurance provider is hiking rates:

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How correct were September’s Ebola infection projections?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 10:00am
LI #39

Some good news in time for Christmas, as it relates to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

It looks like those September projections of 1.5 million new cases are going to be off…by a fairly wide margin.

As of Monday,...

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California Battles Worst Whooping Cough Epidemic in 70 years

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10:15am
LI #38b

Although the media has recently been less focused on Ebola, the disease is still impacting Africa and the death count now tops 7000.

Meanwhile, a new epidemic of a disease that was once thought well-contained by vaccinations may be occurring in my home state of California.

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The future of single-payer health insurance

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 1:20pm
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Vermont appears to have given up on single-payer health insurance, having run out of other people’s money before the program even began.

If leftist Vermont can’t make it work, does that mean the drive for single-payer has been abandoned? One might think so, but not so fast. Perhaps the time just...

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Vermont: Where Single Payer Went to Die

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 2:30pm
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The ultra-liberal state of Vermont never liked Obamacare but not for the reasons most Americans object to the law. Vermont felt it didn’t go far enough and was determined to establish its own single payer system. As of this week, that plan is dead.

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The NHL mumps outbreak and what it means for the US

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:00am
LI #36 b mumps

It looks like a mumps outbreak has body-checked the National Hockey League!

This is the most baffling sports medicine story of the year: Thirteen NHL players and two referees have been diagnosed with mumps—a potentially severe and exceedingly viral infection that classically causes fever, body aches, malaise, and in about half of...

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Obamacare: cost-savings, safety, and Gruber

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00am
Gruber Obamacare awesome in its evilness

The administration is still trying to convince us that Obamacare is a good thing:

On Dec. 3, federal actuaries released data showing that health spending inched up only 3.6 percent in 2013.

Marilyn Tavenner, the head of Medicare and Medicaid, boasted that it’s “evidence that our efforts to reform the health-care-delivery system are...

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South American Chikungunya virus rages as world focuses on Ebola

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 12:01pm
LI #26 Mosquito

Some good news from the frontlines related to our battle with Ebola: The outbreak is now “stable” in Guinea, according to the World Health Organization.

There were still some flare ups in the south-east, but things were improving in other prefectures, WHO co-ordinator Dr Guenael Rodier told the BBC.

More than 5,400 people...

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12 Deaths now linked to Enterovirus-D68

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8:10am
LI #24 Enterovirus

As Ebola continues to rage in Africa, one key person seems to be missing in action: Ron Klain, Ebola Czar.

Ebola was on the top of everyone’s minds five weeks ago, but now that it’s largely disappeared from...

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First Ebola, now the “new AIDS” threatens U.S.

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 1:00pm
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Just as the last remaining US patient with Ebola, Dr. Craig Spencer, is released from New York’s Bellevue Hospital, comes a report that another tropical disease, deemed “the new AIDS,” has already infected 300,000 people and is poised to strike more.

Over 300,000 Americans have already been infected with the potentially fatal...

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Nurse released from NJ to Maine rejects home quarantine

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:00am
LI #18 Ebola Nurse

Kaci Hickox is back home in Maine. But she’s as defiant as ever:

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital despite exhibiting no Ebola symptoms after arriving from West Africa, won’t follow the quarantine imposed by Maine officials, her attorney said tonight.

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Eighth Death Tied to Enterovirus-D68

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:00am
Entovirus

While all the Ebola-stricken patients in America seem to be on the road to recovery, with the tragic exception of patient zero Thomas Duncan, Enterovirus-D68 is reported to have claimed its 8th victim:

The U.S. death toll from the mysterious Enterovirus D-68 continues to rise.

The latest CDC update on the current outbreak...

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