Even as high drug prices make headlines, the challenge of getting sick children the kind of medication they can take and tolerate — often by creating liquid formulations of drugs that are already on the market — is seen by some companies as a lucrative opportunity

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Maybe it was last January’s big measles outbreak at Disneyland that scared more California parents into getting their kids vaccinated. Or maybe health campaigns have become more persuasive. Or maybe schools getting stricter about requiring shots for entry made a difference. Whatever the reasons, childhood vaccination rates last fall went up in 49 of 58 counties in California

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Sports leagues should do more to protect children from the long-term problems that stem from hits to the head

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The NFL has gotten all sorts of bad publicity about concussions lately. So an NFL doctor is reassuring everyone that the worries are overblown

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The ongoing measles outbreak linked to Disneyland has led to some harsh comments about parents who don’t vaccinate their kids. But Juniper Russo, a writer in Chattanooga, Tenn., says she understands those parents because she used to be one of them

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“This is a wake-up call to make sure that we keep measles from regaining a foothold in our country.” Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters

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Our Nancy Kass discusses ethics, public health and measles vaccinations on MSNBC’s NewsNation with Tamron Hall

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