Exemptions surge as parents and doctors do ‘Hail Mary’ around vaccine laws

At two public charter schools in the Sonoma wine country town of Sebastopol, more than half the kindergartners received medical exemptions from state-required vaccines last school year. The cities of Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Nevada City, Arcata and Sausalito all had schools in which more than 30 percent of the kindergartners had been granted such medical exemptions. Nearly three years ago, […]

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Lax state gun laws linked to more child, teen gun deaths, study finds

Compared with U.S. states with the strictest gun control legislation, gun deaths among children and teenagers are twice as common in states with the most lax gun laws, a study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found. In addition, states with laws that restrict children’s access to guns have lower rates of firearm-related suicides among youth, even after […]

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That’s a lot of scratch: The $48,329 allergy test

This is a Kaiser Health News story. Janet Winston had a rash that wouldn’t go away. The English professor from Eureka, Calif., always had been sensitive to ingredients in skin creams and cosmetics. This time, however, the antifungal cream she was prescribed to treat her persistent rash seemed to make things worse. Was she allergic to that, too? Winston, 56, […]

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