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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…read more »

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…read more »

‘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…read more »

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…read more »