Germany Considers Fines for Not Vaccinating Children Against Measles

BERLIN — Germany’s health minister has proposed a fine of up to 2,500 euros, or about $2,800, for parents who refuse to immunize their school-age children against measles, part of efforts to combat a disease that has surged after decades of decline. The fine is part of a draft bill that the minister, Jens Spahn,…

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Medical News Today: Cancer treatments: Patients need to know heart risks

Recent research on the health risks that people undergoing cancer treatment face warns that there is a lack of awareness about the risks that some of these therapies can pose to heart health. Not enough cancer patients are aware of the potential adverse effects of cancer treatment on their heart. Investigators from Flinders University in…

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Five Environmentally Friendly Kitchen Goodies

Where it used to be that choosing environmentally-friendly products was a niche activity, today’s consumer feels very differently. Statistics show that roughly one-third of all consumers are not only seeking to make more environmentally-friendly purchases, but they prefer sustainable brands. This interested in environmentally-friendly products has prompted companies to look at the way they develop,…

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On Location: In Oklahoma, a ‘Vastly Different’ Kind of House

In the early 1980s, Evelyn Hatfield and her husband, Charles Hatfield, built a big, traditional house surrounded by lush gardens behind a country club on the southern edge of Tulsa, Okla. “I loved that house,” said Ms. Hatfield, now 72. But after Charles died in 2007, she decided it was time to relocate. “I just…

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Footsteps: Retracing Truman Capote’s Moment in the Mediterranean Sun

Long before the alcohol and depression, the drug-fueled nights at New York’s Studio 54 and the promise of a Proustian novel that would never fully materialize, Truman Capote was heralded as one of the country’s most promising young writers. It was this Capote who met fellow writer Jack Dunphy in 1948. The two would end…

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Travel Tips: The Pros and Cons of Noise-Canceling Headphones

A little bit of silence. Sometimes that’s all we want. Whether it’s halfway through a 10-hour flight with a crying baby, or trying to sleep though the snoring from the hotel room next door, the promise of noise-canceling headphones is one that every traveler probably finds intriguing. Yet are they worth it? These headphones are…

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Work Out and Chill?

I’m a regular six-day-a-week exerciser and a fan of strenuous cardio workouts along the lines of hill sprints, running, high-intensity interval training and jump rope. But I find it difficult to exercise when the temperature rises above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. I get too sweaty, overheated and sluggish. Even the air-conditioned gym in my apartment building…

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When doctors and nurses can disclose and discuss errors, hospital mortality rates decline

IMAGE: First author Veronica Toffolutti, Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. view more  Credit: Veronica Toffolutti The diffusion of a culture of openness in hospitals is associated with lower hospital mortality, according to a study conducted among 137 acute trusts in England by Veronica Toffolutti (Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene…

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