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Believe Me, Not Getting Vaccinated Sucks

Amy Parker explains her childhood of constant illness

(Newser) - Amy Parker grew up with crunchy-granola hippie parents who raised her on an "incredibly healthy" lifestyle. She ate mostly organic, homegrown vegetables (with organic, local meat once a week), had juice and raw milk instead of soda, avoided processed sugars, exercised regularly, and so on. "And yet I... More »

China Eyes Gov't Vaccine Program in Babies' Deaths

Investigators sent to Biokangtai headquarters

(Newser) - China sent health experts to investigate the drug maker Biokangtai today to see if several recent deaths of babies were related to a vaccine they received in a government immunization program. The inquiry was launched after provincial and health authorities separately reported that since November, about a half-dozen babies died... More »

Women May Get More Out of Flu Shots

Research suggests they may have stronger immune systems in general

(Newser) - Women react more strongly to flu vaccination than men, a new study has demonstrated, meaning they might be more protected against getting sick. Researchers examined the inflammatory responses of 53 women and 34 men after they got their flu shots, and found that men, particularly men with high testosterone, exhibited... More »

Narcolepsy Breakthrough: It's Autoimmune

Researchers find 'smoking gun' confirming long-held theory

(Newser) - A group of researchers has finally found evidence to confirm what many have long suspected: Narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease. The hypothesis has been swirling since 2009, when at least 900 children developed the chronic drowsiness disorder after being given a swine flu vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline, Scientific American and Reuters... More »

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