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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Singer Toni Braxton is grappling with guilt from an abortion she had years ago. In her newly-published memoir, "Unbreak My Heart," Braxton writes that she wonders if her younger son's autism could be a punishment from God because she had an abortion.  Braxton grew up an extremely religious family in Severn.  She wasn't allowed to wear pants -- only skirts and dresses -- and was forbidden from going to the movies, the NY Daily News reports.  " Homework was usually neglected because children at the church where her parents worshiped were obliged to memorize 26 scriptures a week," according to the NY Daily News.  After the singer got engaged to her now-ex husband, she became pregnant while taking the anti-acne drug Accutane, which poses serious health risks to fetuses.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Singer Toni Braxton is grappling with guilt from an abortion she had years ago. In her newly-published memoir, "Unbreak My Heart," Braxton writes that she wonders if her younger son's autism could be a punishment from God because she had an abortion.  Braxton grew up an extremely religious family in Severn.  She wasn't allowed to wear pants -- only skirts and dresses -- and was forbidden from going to the movies, the NY Daily News reports.  " Homework was usually neglected because children at the church where her parents worshiped were obliged to memorize 26 scriptures a week," according to the NY Daily News.  After the singer got engaged to her now-ex husband, she became pregnant while taking the anti-acne drug Accutane, which poses serious health risks to fetuses.
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By Sandeep Rao | July 11, 2011
Last month, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported the first case of measles in the state since 2009. This development demonstrates that even Maryland, which has one of the highest vaccination rates in the U.S., is not immune to a larger trend facing the nation. This past year, the U.S. has seen the largest increase in measles cases in almost two decades, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rise in measles cases over the first half of this year is double the rate typically seen compared with previous years.
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By Sandeep Rao | July 11, 2011
Last month, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported the first case of measles in the state since 2009. This development demonstrates that even Maryland, which has one of the highest vaccination rates in the U.S., is not immune to a larger trend facing the nation. This past year, the U.S. has seen the largest increase in measles cases in almost two decades, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rise in measles cases over the first half of this year is double the rate typically seen compared with previous years.
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By Adil E. Shamoo and Bonnie Bricker | January 10, 2011
No parent wants to make his or her own child sick. So when Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study indicated that the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) could cause children to develop autism, an entire industry developed to prevent the vaccine from being given. Along with scares that Thimerosal — a mercury preservative previously used in childhood vaccines — was a culprit in autism rates, anti-vaccine fury spread throughout the country. Media coverage was widespread.
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June 28, 2011
In an effort to increase the immunization rates for school-age children, the Harford County Health Department will be holding early Back-to School Immunization Clinics for uninsured and underinsured students. Each year, the Harford County Health Department holds Back-to School Immunization Clinics to help students become up-to-date with their vaccinations. This year, clinics will be on Tuesdays throughout July and August at the Edgewood office, 1321 Woodbridge Station Way. Morning and evening times are available and the public is invited to call 410-612-1774 to schedule an appointment.
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October 8, 1991
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Anne Arundel County schools, is making second-dose measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)vaccine available free to middle school students countywide.During October, the county Department of Health will sponsor free MMR immunization clinics in middle and junior high schoolsaround the county. Currently, all students must have had at leastone dose of MMR before entering school.
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By Jia-Rui Chong and Jia-Rui Chong,Los Angeles Times | February 13, 2009
In a major setback for the fight to link autism to vaccines, a special federal court ruled yesterday that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and vaccines that contained a mercury-based preservative were not connected to autism that developed in three children. The cases of the Cedillo, Hazlehurst and Snyder families could sink the claims of several hundred other families who believe the MMR vaccine alone or in combination with vaccines containing the preservative thimerosal caused their children's autism, said Curtis Webb, a lawyer for the Hazlehurst family.
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William Chin | August 27, 2014
This month more than 50 million American children will report to our public and elementary school systems to begin another school year, bringing with them not only new books, laptops, smartphones and iPads, but also their parents' hopes and dreams for a bright and healthy future. Unfortunately - and often all too tragically - a growing percentage of students enter or return to school without the most important back to school requirement: vaccinations. These students are part of a new generation vulnerable to childhood diseases that have long since been under control but are now making a comeback due to parental misinformation and bad science.
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By Kelly Brewington and Meredith Cohn and Kelly Brewington and Meredith Cohn,kelly.brewington@baltsun.com and Meredith.Cohn@baltsun.com | February 3, 2010
A prestigious British medical journal has retracted a controversial 12-year-old article that first linked autism to childhood vaccines and set off global fears about immunization and the causes of the developmental disorder that persist today. Medical experts and some advocates for people with autism said the move was long overdue, but few expected the retraction to change the minds of vaccine skeptics. In the years since the Lancet published Dr. Andrew Wakefield's study, numerous review articles have rebutted his claims that the combination measles, mumps and rubella vaccine causes autism.
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June 28, 2011
In an effort to increase the immunization rates for school-age children, the Harford County Health Department will be holding early Back-to School Immunization Clinics for uninsured and underinsured students. Each year, the Harford County Health Department holds Back-to School Immunization Clinics to help students become up-to-date with their vaccinations. This year, clinics will be on Tuesdays throughout July and August at the Edgewood office, 1321 Woodbridge Station Way. Morning and evening times are available and the public is invited to call 410-612-1774 to schedule an appointment.
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By Adil E. Shamoo and Bonnie Bricker | January 10, 2011
No parent wants to make his or her own child sick. So when Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study indicated that the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) could cause children to develop autism, an entire industry developed to prevent the vaccine from being given. Along with scares that Thimerosal — a mercury preservative previously used in childhood vaccines — was a culprit in autism rates, anti-vaccine fury spread throughout the country. Media coverage was widespread.
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October 8, 1991
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Anne Arundel County schools, is making second-dose measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)vaccine available free to middle school students countywide.During October, the county Department of Health will sponsor free MMR immunization clinics in middle and junior high schoolsaround the county. Currently, all students must have had at leastone dose of MMR before entering school.
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By Lourdes Sullivan and Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 1, 1997
THE BEST thing about being a children's librarian is that you get to be a kid again.At 10: 30 a.m. Aug. 13, the staff of Savage Library will present "On the Ocean Floor," a program based on the wonderful world of the Magic School Bus series.The 90-minute program involves readings and crafts with a scientific bent for ages 4 and older.No registration is required -- just show up prepared for a good time. For details and directions, call the library at 410-880-5978.Early shoppingIt is way too hot and early to be thinking about the holiday season.
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