TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 -- Less than 20 years ago, health experts thought it was only a matter of time before measles was completely eradicated in the United States. But over the past 15 years, the disease has gained a new foothold in the United States, likely due to parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, a new study suggests.
From 2001 to 2015 measles cases in the United States remained very low (less than 1 case per million people), but there's still been a signficant rise, the study found.
THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Thursday recommended approval of a gene therapy that could grant the gift of sight to young people with a rare type of inherited vision loss.
The panel members' vote was unanimous. The FDA is not required to follow the advice of its panels, but it usually does.
FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 -- Seasonal flu immunization rates among children appear to have dropped slightly after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against the nasal spray version of the vaccine, researchers report.
But it's not just shot-avoidance that prevents people from getting the recommended vaccine. Researchers found that up to half of all Americans are fickle about the flu shot and change their minds about getting vaccinated from one year to the next.
FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 -- Kids are driven mostly by food preferences -- not healthy eating -- in choosing their snacks. But some can be swayed by food brands and their own allowance, according to new research.
"The single most important factor in why a child chose a snack is that they are going to buy what they like to eat," said study author Sean Cash. He is a professor at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, in Boston.
MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 -- When a child has a serious reaction to a vaccine, the chances of it happening again are slim, a new analysis suggests.
The review, of 29 studies, found that severe vaccine reactions recurred rarely, if ever, when a child received the same vaccine again, or one with similar ingredients. Those reactions included seizures and a potentially dangerous allergic response called anaphylaxis.