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After Zika, critical to monitor babies’ health — but how long?

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More federal money finally is available to fight the Zika virus even as the news worsens: Babies who at first seem to have escaped its devastating hallmark defect — an abnormally small head at birth — might not be out of the woods after all. Brazilian doctors have counted a small number of babies who at birth had a normal-sized head and only later were found to have problems. They have delayed neurodevelopment. At five months, one could use one hand but…

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Patrick Murphy introduces bill to provide resources to local governments to fight the spread of Zika

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Jupiter Democratic Representative and U.S. Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy has introduced the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act that would provide resources to state and local governments to help fight the spread of the Zika virus. The bill reauthorizes a lapsed 2003 mosquito-control program and provides $130 million each year for mosquito surveillance efforts. It also reauthorizes epidemiology laboratory capacity grants to support the work of state and local health departments to treat infections diseases like Zika. The bill…

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Meme-ification of reason (and politics) — an experiment

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Part of my job at Sachs Media Group is running data experiments that nobody has asked us to run, for the simple pleasure of satisfying curiosity and the attempt to better understand what kinds of things matter to people. Our themes generally relate back to the space of communications or politics. For example: does reading news on a mobile device versus a newspaper change people’s perception of social dynamics? (Yes.) This week’s experiment took a similar approach, using a survey…

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New Florida law expands list of vaccinations available at local pharmacies

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Floridians can now get more vaccines at local pharmacies, thanks to a new state law that becomes effective today. Signed by Gov. Rick Scott on June 10, House Bill 279 makes new vaccines available to patients at pharmacies, instead of only at doctors’ offices. The new products join influenza and shingles vaccines, which were already available at all local pharmacies. The newly expanded list now includes vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as…

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