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It's been a very eventful few weeks when it comes to the conversation on vaccines. California enacted one of the nation's toughest vaccination laws, and a new national survey out this week suggests the past year's measles and pertussis outbreaks have changed many parents' attitudes towards vaccines.

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A leading researcher on the ways in which doctors talk to parents about vaccines has a new suggestion for how we might boost immunization rates. Drawing on the theory of nudges, Dr. Douglas Opel suggests parents should have to "opt-out" of vaccinating their kids rather than "opt-in."

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Raj Kumari lost vision in her right eye due to measles. She was never vaccinated for the disease.

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A Bakersfield congressman says he has helped to launch an upcoming CDC awareness campaign on valley fever and seeks to spur work on a vaccine.

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The quest for a valley fever vaccine is losing ground as its leading scientists near retirement and funding remains scarce.

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The soaring nationwide figures for valley fever don’t tell the whole story. Problems with screening for the disease and tracking it over time mean that thousands of cases go undetected and untreated every year, leading experts to believe the second epidemic is likely worse than documented.

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Boutique winery owner, Todd Schaefer, was diagnosed with pneumonia twice before doctors were able to see that he was infected with Valley Fever. As his condition worsens, the disease puts a strain on his health, and his business.

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The Chinese call it the hundred day cough. In Spanish it is tosferina or “Bark of the Dog.” Pertussis, a.k.a. whooping cough, is a disease that many thought to be a thing of the past, but has been making a comeback for several decades now. In some cases, it has been deadly.

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Whooping cough resurgence, a better way of assessing body fat, the counterfeit Avastin saga and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Meaning as medicine, infant formula, Medicare fraud, osteoporosis and more from our Daily Briefing.

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