Measles Outbreak: N.Y. Eliminates Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — Lawmakers in New York, the epicenter of the nation’s measles outbreak, voted on Thursday to end religious exemptions for immunizations, overcoming opposition by vaccine skeptics and others who said the measure infringed on religious and constitutional rights.…

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Here Is What Jessica Biel Opposes in California’s Vaccine Bill

A contentious bill that would make it more difficult for Californians to avoid mandatory vaccinations for their children leapt into national headlines this week when two high-profile opponents of the bill, the actress Jessica Biel and the anti-vaccination advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., visited state lawmakers to lobby against it. Here’s what you need to…

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Dr. Teruko Ishizaka, Who Advanced Allergy Treatment, Dies at 92

Dr. Teruko Ishizaka, an immunologist whose joint research with her husband in the 1960s advanced the monitoring, treatment and prevention of asthma, hay fever and drug and food allergies, died on June 4 in Yamagata, Japan. She was 92. Her death was announced by the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in San Diego, where she…

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Fecal Transplant Is Linked to a Patient’s Death, the F.D.A. Warns

Two patients contracted severe infections, and one of them died, from fecal transplants that contained drug-resistant bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration reported on Thursday. As a result, the agency is halting a number of clinical trials until the researchers conducting them can demonstrate that they have procedures in place to screen donated stool for…

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Phantom sensations: When the sense of touch deceives

IMAGE: When one’s hands and feet are crossed, a touch on the right hand can be felt to have been on the right foot. view more  Without being aware of it, people sometimes wrongly perceive tactile sensations. A new study in the scientific journal «Current Biology» shows how healthy people can sometimes misattribute touch to the…

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Overweight men are inhibiting childbirth

IMAGE: Doctoral Thesis. view more  Credit: University of Tartu About 15% of couples in fertile age have experienced fertility problems. Men contribute to 50% of the cases when a couple cannot achieve the desired pregnancy. The proportion of overweight men has tripled in parallel with the increase in fertility problems worldwide. The doctoral thesis conducted at…

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UMass Amherst cell biologist chosen for Pew Scholars Biomedical Research Program

IMAGE: UMass Amherst assistant professor named to Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. view more  Credit: UMass Amherst University of Massachusetts Amherst biologist Lillian Fritz-Laylin is one of 22 early-career researchers selected for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, the Pew Charitable Trusts announced Friday, June 14. The scientists will use their awards…

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Can we still have fun if the UK goes carbon neutral?

Mainstream strategies generally address the challenge of reducing carbon by reviewing consumption, but a complementary approach looks at how people spend their time. Researchers from Surrey believe that policy-making from a time-use perspective provides facilities for people to be happy while causing less damage to the environment. A paper published by the Journal of Public…

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