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Public health vs. parent choice: The vaccination debate in Arizona

Health officials warn that vaccination rates are deteriorating across Arizona, risking public health as parents continue to opt out of immunizations.... Read more»

Analysis

Measles: Why it’s so deadly, and why vaccination is so vital

Some people believe measles is a benign, childhood disease that causes a bit of a rash. But the disease is one nasty "little bag of destruction" that will thrive in naive populations — and it's back with a vengeance. ... Read more»

Debunking false 'vaccines cause autism' claim

Q: Has the FDA announced that vaccines cause autism? A: No. FDA statements are grounded in scientific evidence. There is no evidence that vaccination is linked to autism.... Read more»

FactCheck: Has autism prevalence increased?

President Trump said there has been a “tremendous” increase in autism in U.S. children. There has been a large increase in the reported cases of autism, but scientists don’t know if this is due to a broadening of the disorder’s definition and greater efforts in diagnosis or an actual increase in the number of individuals who have autism.... Read more»

New law limits when Arizona schools can use restraint, seclusion

Melissa Van Hook, a mother of two children with autism and co-founder of the East Valley Autism Network, said too many parents of students with disabilities have called her to report children being secluded and restrained at school. A 2014 report found that students covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act were disproportionately restrained and secluded and that Arizona schools are above the national average when it comes to restraining students.... Read more»

Dog bacteria might benefit human health

Fido’s licks and tummy rubs just might be good for your health. UA researchers are studying the biological connection between humans and dogs to find out how they influence each other.... Read more»

FactCheck

Rand Paul repeats baseless vaccine claims, back-peddles

SciCheck: Sen. Rand Paul gave false and misleading statements about vaccine safety in two separate interviews, including a claim that “many” children have developed “profound mental disorders” after vaccinations.... Read more»

Shocking ways school kids are being restrained, isolated

Carson Luke, a young boy with autism, shattered bones in his hand and foot after educators grabbed him and tried to shut him into a “scream room.” Kids across the country risked similar harm at least 267,000 times in just one school year. ... Read more»

Study puts a price tag on autism

Autism exacts a heavy toll on families across the country, but what is the financial cost of the disorder? ... Read more»

Lawmaker: Make schools get parental consent to use isolation rooms

Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, wants a law requiring schools to obtain parental consent before using isolation or seclusion rooms to control student behavior. Arizona is among states without laws regulating the use of restraints and seclusion practices in schools. ... Read more»

How safe are childhood vaccinations? UA docs have answers

Parents who may have concerns about childhood vaccinations can get answers Saturday when doctors from the University of Arizona address questions about the benefits and safety of immunizations.... Read more»

Australian autistic students put in fenced pen

A primary school in Australia defended putting their autistic students in a pen, saying they wanted to keep them safe.... Read more»1

DNA deception

Infant blood in Texas given to feds without parental OK

When Texas health officials were sued last year for storing infant blood samples without consent, they said it was for medical research. They never said they were turning over samples to the federal government to help build a vast DNA database. ... Read more»1

Health

Medical journal retracts study linking autism, vaccines

The Lancet has formally retracted a controversial paper published 12 years ago that purported the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine causes autism. ... Read more»