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The Truth About Vaccines: A Conversation with Nina L. Shapiro

The Truth About Vaccines: A Conversation with Nina L. Shapiro

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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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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Why are  the rich most likely to not vaccinate their children in the US?

Why are the rich most likely to not vaccinate their children in the US?

In 2014 in the US 644 cases of measles occurred, the most in more than two decades. Already more than 100 people affected by measles outbreak that began in mid-December at the Disneyland theme park in California, and whose severity has made the president of the United States, Barack Obama, asked publicly parents to vaccinate […]

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A hug a day may keep the sniffles away, new study suggests

A hug a day may keep the sniffles away, new study suggests

If you’re worried about catching a cold, there’s a simple act that may protect you against the virus and help you feel better right away: hug someone. Hugging can help prevent a cold virus or lessen symptoms in people who are already sick, according to a recent study published in Psychological Science. We’re told to […]

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Preventing Choking on Food in Young Children

Preventing Choking on Food in Young Children

Every five days, a child in the United States dies from choking on food, and each year 10,000-to-20,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for food-choking accidents. Nina Shapiro, MD, a UCLA pediatric otolaryngologist, explains which foods should be avoided for children under 5.  

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Health or Hype? Don’t Fall for the Hype in Health Fads. Harvard MD Gives You the Facts.

Health or Hype? Don’t Fall for the Hype in Health Fads. Harvard MD Gives You the Facts.

As a Harvard Medical School graduate, Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA, and bestselling author, I see and hear countless stories about how health advice gets manipulated with scare tactics, veiled promises, and inaccurate presentation of new data. Information here is unique, up-to-date, and exclusive. I’m here to help you dig through the […]

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How can I prevent my child from choking?

How can I prevent my child from choking?

Choking is a serious hazard for young children In fact, one child dies every five days as the result of a food-choking accident — it is the fourth leading cause of accidental death among children under age 5 — and more than 10,000 children visit emergency rooms each year due to choking on food.  

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Ear infections and how to tell if your child has one

Ear infections and how to tell if your child has one

Ear infections are the most common reason that children go to the doctor. So ear infections are going to be very common with your baby. Almost all children by the first or the second year of life have had at least one or two ear infections. It’s often times not easy to tell if your […]

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