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Washington state bill limits measles vaccine exemptions

Apr. 23, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers voted Tuesday to remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption from vaccinating their children for measles, although medical and religious exemptions will remain. The vote comes as the number of measles cases nationwide this year has...

Malawi becomes 1st nation to immunize kids against malaria

Apr. 23, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria, using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquito-spread disease. Although the vaccine only protects about one-third of children who are immunized, those who get...

Wisconsin governor will veto Republican-backed abortion bill

Apr. 23, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers promised to veto a Republican-authored bill that could send doctors to prison for life if they fail to give medical care to babies born alive after a failed abortion attempt. Republicans are sending similar bills in other states to liberal-leaning...

Children sickened in Pakistan after polio vaccinations

Apr. 22, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of school children in Pakistan were taken to hospitals Monday complaining of nausea and vomiting after being given polio vaccinations, officials said. They said angry family members responded by storming a local health facility in Peshawar and setting it ablaze. The...

North Carolina Gov. Cooper vetoes 'born-alive' legislation

Apr. 18, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a measure Thursday written by Republicans and backed by social conservatives that addresses a doctor's responsibilities if a later-term abortion results in an infant born alive. Cooper announced his decision two days after the General...

Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix 'bubble boy' disease

Apr. 17, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

They were born without a working germ-fighting system, every infection a threat to their lives. Now eight babies with "bubble boy disease" have had it fixed by a gene therapy made from one of the immune system's worst enemies — HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A study out Wednesday details how scientists...

North Carolina 'born-alive' abortion bill wins final passage

Apr. 16, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's legislature gave final passage Tuesday to a bill to require doctors and nurses to care for babies born alive during a failed late-term abortion or face big penalties, a measure opponents deemed legally unnecessary and a threat to abortion providers. House lawmakers...

Baby boy receiving treatment after he was born without skin

Apr. 16, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Doctors are working toward a diagnosis and care plan for a baby boy who has spent the first three months of his life in hospitals after he was born without skin. Ja'bari Gray has been hospitalized since his birth on Jan. 1 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, the San Antonio...

600 students in Tennessee county didn't have shot records

Apr. 16, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health says more than 600 kindergarteners enrolled in Shelby County Schools last year without records showing they were fully vaccinated. The Commercial Appeal reported Monday that the state agency says those children also didn't have either of the...

North Macedonia declares measles epidemic

Apr. 16, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's health authorities have declared a nationwide measles epidemic in the small Balkan country after more than 960 cases were registered since the beginning of this year. Vladimir Mikic, an epidemiologist at the Health Ministry commission for infectious...