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A Win for Vaccines, but Worries Remain

A Win for Vaccines, but Worries Remain

Doctors who offer easy exemptions could undermine efforts to rein in the antivaccine crowd. In a growing number of states, parents can no longer refuse to immunize their children due to conflicting “personal beliefs”—at least not if they want their children to attend school. California recently joined West Virginia and Mississippi in requiring a medical […]

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Measles Hit Hollywood Amid Vaccination Battle

Measles Hit Hollywood Amid Vaccination Battle

We have entered the trenches of the vaccine wars. Last fall, the startlingly low immunization rates in our not-so-tinseled town were made public. Many people learned that schools in the most affluent Los Angeles communities had extremely low immunization rates, matching those of South Sudan, and it more than raised some eyebrows. The pro-vaxx/anti-vaxx battles […]

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Not just a tech: Everyone’s important in the OR

Not just a tech: Everyone’s important in the OR

The other day, I was operating on a little girl with a congenital ear abnormality. Not life and death stuff, but delicate surgery nonetheless. My surgical scrub technician was someone with whom I hadn’t worked before, and I asked him if he was enrolled in the operating room nurse training program, as many of the […]

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Is Maci Bookout Smart to Have Back-to-Back Babies?

Is Maci Bookout Smart to Have Back-to-Back Babies?

Just nine months after Maci Bookout welcomed daughter Jayde, the Teen Mom OG star announced that she and fiancé Taylor McKinney are expecting their second child together. “#Makingmoremoneys baby boy coming soon!” the 24-year-old captioned her February 14 post. “Happy valentine’s day!@tmon3yyy #lastbutnotleast” The tot will arrive at the end of May — the same […]

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Childhood aspiration on food is a public health issue

Childhood aspiration on food is a public health issue

Recently, new dietary guidelines were released, recommending reducing sugar intake overall, and reducing meat intake in growing boys. Last year, as we remain in the throes of a nationwide obesity epidemic, the FDA changed the nutritional labels we’ve become all-too-familiar with. The emphasis is now on calorie count of an “appropriate” serving size. So much […]

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Doctors and nurses need better support when they make errors

Doctors and nurses need better support when they make errors

In September 2010, a seasoned pediatric intensive care unit nurse administered an accidental overdose to a critically ill baby, giving ten times the amount of calcium that was prescribed. Five days later, this baby, with an already tenuous heart condition, died. The nurse recognized her mistake immediately, informed her superior, and also told the family […]

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Others can be harmed when patients lie

Others can be harmed when patients lie

The other day, the mother of a nine-week-old baby girl called my office in a panic. Her daughter was having terrible breathing trouble, with coughing and wheezing. She asked to been seen that day, and of course I said yes. I asked mom how the baby had been doing overall, and she said that she’d […]

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I Look Like a Surgeon

I Look Like a Surgeon

Published 8/6/15 The medical field is filled with diversity and inspiring surgeons. Today we’re excited to profile Dr. Nina L. Shapiro, an industry role model with deep expertise as part of our I Look Like A Surgeon series. Name: Nina Shapiro Profession: Pediatric Otolaryngologist Location: Los Angeles (UCLA) Where did you study? I went to […]

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6 Easy Mouth Exercises To Help Stop Your Snoring

6 Easy Mouth Exercises To Help Stop Your Snoring

Up till now, the best way to deal with your snoring was to find a bed partner willing to wear earplugs. But a small new study offers hope for the sighers, snorters, and whistlers among us. Of course, first you’ll want to rule out obstructive sleep apnea. OSA occurs when the muscles of the throat […]

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The Truth About Vaccines

The Truth About Vaccines

Harris: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me, Nina. There are a few background issues I should mention so that our readers understand the context of our conversation. An article in the Hollywood Reporter attracted a tremendous amount of attention because it revealed that some private schools in Los Angeles and Orange County […]

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