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3 Years Later

Three years ago Monday, James Holmes shot dozens of people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Holmes last week was found guilty of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others, and jurors will return the courtroom this week to begin the sentencing phase. In the years since Holmes’ crime, 78 additional mass killings have occurred, the most recent being the shooting and resulting deaths of four Marines and one Navy sailor in Chattanooga, Tenn. USA TODAY has kept a tally of mass killings with data going back to 2006. Analysis shows there is a mass killing every two weeks; so far this year, there have been 15 mass killings, claiming 75 lives.

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Source: USA Today

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Historic day in the United States. Supreme Court rules gay marriage is a right. The majority opinion in the 5-4 decision was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were," Kennedy wrote. "As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death."

"It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves," Kennedy said. "Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

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Maternal obesity is linked to several adverse health outcomes for the infant that can persist into adulthood. But when does the immune system of babies born to obese mothers get compromised? Very early in the baby’s life, according to a study. The research team analyzed umbilical cord blood samples of infants born to lean, overweight and obese mothers, and found that pre-pregnancy maternal weight has a significant impact on the neonate’s immune system.

via Maternal obesity compromises babies’ immune system at time of birth — ScienceDaily.

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California parents who do not vaccinate their children would have to home-school them under a bill passed Thursday by the state Senate, the latest move in a battle between public health officials and “anti-vaxxers” who fear vaccines are dangerous.

via California Senate votes to end beliefs waiver for school vaccinations | Reuters.

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measlesNew research suggests that children who survive a measles infection remain vulnerable to other potentially deadly infections for as long as two or three years after the measles infection.

 

probioticsThe so-called “friendly bacteria” known as probiotics may help take some of the misery out of hay fever, or seasonal allergies, according to a new review of studies. But the doctors who did the review say more research is needed before they’d be able to recommend probiotics as a treatment option.

Millennials-HappyMillennials aren’t pairing off with as many sex partners as Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, but they’re more accepting of premarital sex and same-sex relationships.

babyboomersA new study finds mixed results for the health of America’s aging "Baby Boom" generation, with nearly half of people ages 55 to 64 taking a prescription heart drug and about 1 in 5 dealing with diabetes.

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Yet another report that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism.

The MMR vaccine is not associated with increased risk of autism spectrum disorder, even among children at high risk for the condition. This is the finding of a new study published in the child health-themed issue of JAMA.

Continue reading at Medical News Today

References:
Autism occurrence by MMR vaccine status among US children with older siblings with and without autism, Anjali Jain, et al., JAMA, doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3077, published online 21 April 2015, abstract.

Promising forecast for autism spectrum disorders, Brian H. King, et al., JAMA, doi:10.1001/jama.2015.2628, published online 21 April 2015, editorial.

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Women On 20’s

To my readers please make sure you vote for Women on 20’s.  It’s down to 4 finalists, who do you want as the first woman on the American $20 bill?

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http://www.womenon20s.org/vote2

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