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Avowed Anti-Vaxxer Mom Has Change Of Heart As All 7 Kids Develop Whooping Cough

A Canadian woman refused to vaccinate her children and resisted the urging of relatives to reconsider her anti-vax stance has now charged her tune after all seven of her unvaccinated children developed whooping cough.

04/15/2015

Pertussis Vaccine

California Mandatory School Vaccination Bill Stalls Amid Angry Debate

A California vaccination bill that has generated intense debates pitting personal rights against public health stalled in the state Senate Wednesday, with lawmakers saying it could unconstitutionally deprive unvaccinated children of an adequate education by barring them from schools.

04/15/2015

A couple looks over the railing on the Golden Gate Bridge. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

More Oldsters Than Hipsters – Marin Has More Old People Than Any Other Bay Area County

A new study says residents in Marin County are some of the oldest in the Bay Area. In fact, almost one in five is 65 and older.

03/21/2015

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Your Favorite Wine Might Contain High Levels Of Deadly Arsenic, According To Lawsuit

There may be a reason to think twice before you sip – a lawsuit filed in California Thursday contends some top selling wines contain high levels of arsenic.

03/19/2015

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Blue Shield, With $4.2 Billion In Surplus, Loses California Tax-Exempt Status

State officials have stripped Blue Shield of California of its tax-exempt status, an exemption the nonprofit health insurer has held since its founding in 1939.

03/18/2015

Hepatitis A virus

Hepatitis Virus Outbreak In Napa Prompts Warning To Diners At 5-Star Resort Hotel

Two employees at La Toque restaurant and BANK Cafe and Bar in the Westin Verasa Hotel in Napa contracted the Hepatitis A virus. People who at at these locations should monitor their health for 50 days.

03/13/2015

This funduscopic image reveals the effects of late neuro-ocular syphilis on the optic disk and retina. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Cases Of Ocular Syphilis In San Francisco And Other West Coast Cities Increasing

Health officials in California are warning primary care and eye doctors to be on the lookout for ocular syphilis, as clusters of the disease hit San Francisco and other West Coast cities.

03/11/2015

Rabies, rabid, bat

Rabid Dead Bat Found At Fremont Community Center

A bat found at a Fremont community center last week tested positive for rabies, Alameda County Public Health Department officials announced Wednesday.

03/11/2015

93% of Pediatricians Say Parents Ask for Alternative Vaccination Schedules

The ‘Other’ Vaccination Debate – Alternative Vaccine Schedules

As a #NewsMom, you better bet I bought the book and even took classes on Alternative Vaccine Schedules. I wanted to be as educated as possible about every option and risk. Apparently, I’m not alone.

03/05/2015