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Laura Kelly

Laura Kelly

Laura Kelly is a general assignment and health reporter for The Washington Times. Before moving to DC, Laura was the editor of The Jerusalem Post Magazine, reporting from Israel and the Middle East from 2012 to 2016. She is a graduate of Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. Email Laura at [email protected].

Articles by Laura Kelly

In this May 8, 2016 photo, Colleen Lowe, 17, right, a friend of a 17-year-old girl who committed suicide in April, prepares to release her butterfly in remembrance of her friend at Walk for Hope in Cranberry Township, Pa. Another friend, Lexie Simonds, 17, looks on. (Sean Hamill/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) **FILE**

Self-harm among girls on the rise: CDC

Self-inflicted injuries among young girls are on the rise, with emergency department visits having increased by nearly 20 percent each year between 2009 and 2015, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Published November 22, 2017

Dr. Abdoul Aziz Kasse looks at a mammogram that shows signs of cancer in his office at the Clinique des Mamelles in Dakar, Senegal, Thursday, July 13, 2017. The word cancer is rarely spoken in Senegal, synonymous with death in a country where many are only diagnosed in the later stages of disease and radiation therapy can be difficult to access. Cancer has become an emerging public health problem in West Africa, and the lack of strong prevention, good screening and treatment often leaves outcomes grim. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)

Many cancer survivors living with PTSD: Study

About one-third of cancer survivors exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder years into remission, according to a new study shining a light on the psychological toll of the disease. Published November 22, 2017

This Sept. 7, 2016, file photo shows a display of preserved liver fluke parasites at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Parasite from Vietnam could be killing war veterans

Vietnam War veterans could be slowly dying from a parasite they contracted in the southeast Asian nation almost 50 years ago, according to new research, The Associated Press reported. Published November 22, 2017

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen speaks to reporters outside the federal courthouse Wednesday March 30, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Funding not there for opioid treatment

Unfair distribution of funds and a shortage of cash is preventing established legislation for curbing the opioid epidemic to take effect, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Tuesday at an event addressing prevention strategies, held in Washington, D.C. Published November 8, 2017

In this Thursday, July 24, 2008, file photo, obese patients wash their plates after lunch at the Aimin Fat Reduction Hospital in Tianjin, China. The hospital uses a combination of diet, exercise and traditional Chinese acupuncture to treat rising obesity rates. Research released Monday, June 12, 2017, found the obesity epidemic is getting worse in most parts of the world, according to data between 1980 and 2015. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Doctors fear obesity diagnosis will embarrass patients

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. physicians say they don't discuss weight loss with their obese patients for fear of embarrassing them, according to a survey examining barriers to treatment in the obesity epidemic. Published November 7, 2017

This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

Non-opioid medication effective in treating acute pain: Study

Treating patients with non-opioid medications was seen as effective as prescribing opioids to emergency-room patients for pain associated with sprains, strains or fractures, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Published November 7, 2017

In this May 18, 2017, file photo, the Healthcare.gov website is seen on a laptop computer in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Pediatric patient visits increased after Obamacare, study shows

The number of pediatric patients visiting their doctors increased after passage of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, particularly among minority and low-income adolescents, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Published November 6, 2017

In this Oct. 31, 2017 file photo, paramedics lift an individual into an ambulance near New York City's World Trade Center in New York.  A terrorist truck attack on a Manhattan bike path that killed eight people, five of them friends visiting from Argentina, also took a devastating toll on another group of foreign tourists. Three members of a family from Belgium were among a dozen people hospitalized, including the most severely wounded of all, Marion Van Reeth, a mother whose legs were so badly mangled they had to be amputated. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Report: D.C. area hospitals are failing the public

A medical watchdog nonprofit group has given high marks for patient safety to hospitals in Northern Virginia but poor or failing grades for those in the District and the Maryland suburbs. Published November 5, 2017

Participants walk onto the field for a Breast Cancer Awareness Month program during halftime of an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Cancer, diabetes medication shown to melt away fat

A new medication meant for the treatment of breast cancer and diabetes is found to have the side effect of clearing potentially fatal fat that blocks arteries, researchers at the University of Aberdeen announced on Thursday, following pre-clinical mice testing. Published November 3, 2017