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NYC declares public health emergency, orders mandatory measles vaccinations

NYC declares public health emergency, orders mandatory measles vaccinations

Health
April 9 (UPI) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in response to a measles outbreak in a Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. The declaration requires people living in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to receive the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine to help curb the spread of the virus. The city's health department will check vaccination records of people suspected of making contact with infected patients. Anyone without a vaccination or proof of immunity from the virus could receive a $ 1,000 fine. Since last October, the community has seen 285 cases of measles, prompting the city to order child care centers and yeshivas in Jewish communities throughout Williamsburg to keep non-vaccinated children from attending until the outbreak...
Christchurch attacks: NZ suspect ordered to undergo mental health tests

Christchurch attacks: NZ suspect ordered to undergo mental health tests

World
The man accused of killing 50 people in last month's attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zeeland, has been ordered to undergo mental health tests. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, would be seen by experts to determine whether he was fit to stand trial or insane, said high court judge Cameron Mander.Mr Tarrant appeared in the courtroom - packed with relatives of some of his victims - via video link from prison.He faces 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges.Christchurch shootings: How the attacks unfoldedMr Tarrant made no comment during the short hearing. He is being kept in isolation at the Auckland Prison in Paremoremo, considered New Zealand's toughest. Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - World
Britney Spears checks into mental health facility after dad’s illness

Britney Spears checks into mental health facility after dad’s illness

Entertainment
The pop superstar checked herself into the unnamed facility last week.She is believed to be staying there for 30 days.A source close to the family told People: "Britney just needed to focus on herself."Her dad being sick has taken a toll on her. Related Articles “Britney just needed to focus on herself. Her dad being sick has taken a toll on her.”Source"He nearly died and actually had another surgery a few weeks ago. He’s not doing well."They’re so close and it has been a lot."The insider added that there is nothing "dramatic" going on with the music icon, simply saying she needs time to focus on herself. SUPPORT: Britney has been looking after her father (Pic: INSTAGRAM) TIME OUT: Britney has checked into a mental health facility (Pic: GETTY) CONCERN: Britney Spears father is sai
Tax on sugary drinks recommended by health organizations

Tax on sugary drinks recommended by health organizations

Health
March 24 (UPI) -- To decrease obesity among young people, major health organizations have called on communities around the United States to tax soda, fruit drinks and other sugary beverages. The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association have backed a group of measures designed to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, according to a statement released Monday. "I think it's time that pediatricians get out there and advocate for some of these policies that really keep our kid's health," Sheela Magge, associate professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University and author on the statement, told UPI. Children who consume more than 10 percent of the daily calories from added sugars have an increased risk of developing higher "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglyceri...