Laura’s Recent Stories
Health Sep 21For kids in Puerto Rico, ‘we don’t know all the damage they have endured’ from Hurricane Maria
There were no lights, air conditioning or working toilets when Natalia Merced returned to her dorm room at the University of Puerto Rico in late October, a month after Hurricane Maria struck the island. Classes had resumed at the university’s…
Politics Sep 14Read the new charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort
Federal prosecutors filed new charges against former Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort for conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to new court documents released Friday.
Nation Sep 119/11 to today: Ways we have changed
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, set in motion events that would change the course of life in the U.S. and around the world. Below is a short list illustrating how much the world has and hasn’t changed since…
Health Sep 10Nearly 30 percent of patients prescribed opioids had no recorded pain diagnoses
The research team behind a new letter published in the Annals of Internal Medicine did not make a conclusion that these prescriptions were inappropriate.
Health Sep 05What’s happened since California let fewer families reject vaccines
All 50 states require vaccinations for students entering public school. But the vast majority also give families the ability to opt out of those vaccinations for personal or religious reasons.
Health Aug 28There’s a new global ranking of gun deaths. Here’s where the U.S. stands
Half of all gun-related deaths in 2016 occurred in six nations -- Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala.
Health Aug 17What will it take to reverse childhood obesity? More than a single solution
A recent study highlights how complicated childhood obesity continues to be, as the United States scrambles to address one of the greatest risk factors for chronic illness, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease, later in life.
Health Aug 16FDA approves first generic rival to EpiPen
In a released statement, the FDA said Teva Pharmaceuticals USA could market their version of the auto-injectors to deliver cheaper versions of life-saving epinephine after an allergic reaction.
Health Aug 13Promoting the HPV vaccine doesn’t lead to more teen sex, study shows
Half of U.S. states have not implemented policies to promote the vaccine, which scientific research shows can effectively prevent cancers caused by HPV infection, according to the CDC.
Health Aug 10Why is so little global funding devoted to adolescent health?
Adolescents make up a quarter of the population in developing countries, but on average receive less than 2 percent of all global health funding, according to a new report.