To provide context to the ongoing outbreak of measles linked to visits to Disneyland and the influence of the anti-vaccination movement, science writer Seth Mnookin revisits the saga of one of the most celebrated anti-vaxxers, starlet Jenny McCarthy.
The CDC recommends all kids get two doses of MMR vaccine; the first at age 12 through 15 months and the second at 4 through 6 years. Adults who are unsure whether they got the vaccine should get one, says the agency, since there is no harm in getting it a second time.
To call the news surrounding vaccinations a "debate" is misleading. The scientific and medical consensus is clear: Vaccinations are safe, and they work.
Each year, 100,000 people die from infections they picked up in the hospital. These are completely preventable diseases, caused by human error. But they result in as many annual deaths as AIDS, breast cancer and car accidents combined. They cost our health-care system $33 billion annually.
It's not clear that mandating higher staffing ratios works -- but it's not clear that anything else will, either.
Operating room nurse John Kauchick says he's worked 17-hour shifts and once stayed on the job for 23 hours straight – risking fatigue that could lead to medical mistakes.
Everyone dies, but a new study says feeling sprightly might suggest a person has more time left than people who feel their age or older.
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