New Jersey's vaccination loophole

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There was a time when parents lived in fear of contagious disease. Polio, measles, German measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, smallpox... Read more

How are our kids doing?

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Every year the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its Kids Count Data Book, giving us a picture of how America’s children are doing... Read more

Smoking and the Oscars: A Scary Movie

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Something to ponder on Academy Awards night: 57 percent of Oscar-nominated movies include tobacco imagery. That’s actually the lowest... Read more

Life, liberty, and the right to infect others with measles: Rand Paul on vaccination

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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky confirmed his membership in the “doctors who shouldn’t have gone into politics” club with his comments... Read more

Set aside 'Little Orphan Annie.' How do we really deal with unwanted kids?

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Americans prefer stories about our most vulnerable youngsters to have a happy ending, like the comic book character “Little Orphan Annie... Read more

Should teens get to say ‘no’ to life-saving medical treatment?

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Two weeks ago, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hartford Hospital forcing chemotherapy on Cassandra C., a 17-year-old girl with... Read more

Facing the concussion risks of youth football

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After years of denying the link between football and brain disease, this month the National Football League’s own experts calculated... Read more

Blaming moms for vaccine trends

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Across the country, worries about children’s vaccination rates have accelerated in light of outbreaks of measles and pertussis and the... Read more