Last year, 187 Americans contracted the measles, and in 2014 there have already been over 70 cases confirmed across the country. This is a disease which can be easily prevented through immunizations; which was thought to be eradicated in the U.S. in 2000.
As a mother-to-be, I was nervous to learn that children are not able to receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine until age one – thus making babies and toddlers particularly susceptible to the disease during an outbreak. Of the twenty current measles cases in New York, about half have been identified in children – seven …read more
Hospital (Photo credit: morrissey)
Earlier this year, in her New Life Support Debate blog post, Julia shared the plight of a pregnant woman who was forced to stay on life support in order to keep her baby alive, a decision that would cost the family additional pain, and rendered her baby so unhealthy that he eventually died. The story that I will comment on does by no means depict the same circumstances, but it mirrors similar concerns of those outlined in post: The New Life Support Debate.
This month, 15-year-old Justina will be returning to the care of Tufts …read more
Raise the Minimum Wage (Photo credit: CT Senate Democrats)
There’s a lot of talk about increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016 – including its impact:
Approximately 16.5 million low-wage workers would directly benefit from the proposed increase Roughly 900,000 people living below the poverty line would move above the poverty threshold Both low-and-middle-income families’ incomes are projected to rise, 2.8% for the poorest families to .4% for middle-income families Employment would be reduced by about 500,000, or .3% of total employment Wealthy families with an average income of $180,000 can expect a .4%, or …read more