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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

Articles by Laura Kelly

In this file photo dated Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, a child receives a measles vaccination in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The World Health Organization (WTO) said Monday Aug. 20, 2018, the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 with at least 37 people dead from the disease, and called for increased immunization rates to prevent an endemic.  (AP Photo/Leo Correa, FILE)

Researchers sound alarm on measles hot spots

Health researchers are sounding the alarm about measles hot spots around the country where viral outbreaks are most likely because large percentages of residents have refused vaccinations based on religious or philosophical beliefs. Published January 24, 2019

A child cries while receiving a shot of measles vaccine at a health station. (Chinatopix via AP)

Measles comeback blamed on anti-vaccination movement

Decades of progress in eliminating measles are slowly being erased as vaccination rates against the disease decline across the country, threatening communities with potentially deadly outbreaks of cases from the highly infectious virus, health officials say. Published January 22, 2019

FILE - In this April 11, 2018 file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. Though education surveys show vaping use is down among Idaho high school students, health officials are concerned about vaping's rising popularity among teens nationwide. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, vaporized nicotine saw a dramatic uptick from 2017 to 2018 nationwide. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

FDA considers drug therapy to fight teen vaping problem

The Food and Drug Administration is considering drug therapy to combat teen vaping, but doctors, parents and teens themselves are pressing the FDA to make it more difficult for young people to get vaping products. Published January 21, 2019

People sleep as they wait to buy train tickets for their hometown visits during Lunar New Year holidays at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. South Koreans will visit their hometowns during a five-day holiday of the Lunar New Year which falls on Feb. 5 this year. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) ** FILE **

Less than six hours of sleep increases risk for heart disease: Study

It's been said that very successful people don't waste time with sleep, only closing their eyes for maybe four to five hours. But new research says that routinely cutting your REM cycle short -- less than six hours -- is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Published January 15, 2019

This photo taken Aug. 31, 2017, file shows students pausing to reflect at a memorial at Powell Middle School set up for a student who recently took their own life in Littleton, Colo. The young student took his own life at Twain Elementary School. Two young students from Littleton Public Schools have taken their own lives over a two-day period concerning parents, students and schools. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP) ** FILE **

Half of parents don’t realize teens are thinking of suicide: Study

About half of parents are unaware that their teenagers have suicidal thoughts and more than 75 percent didn't know their children had recurrent thoughts of death, according to research published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Published January 14, 2019

This March 23, 2017, file photo provided by the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre shows brain scans of patient Rick Karr as staff members treat him at the facility in Toronto, Canada. Karr was the first Alzheimer's patient treated with focused ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier. Scientists are using ultrasound waves to temporarily jiggle an opening in the brain’s protective shield, in hopes the technique one day might help drugs for Alzheimer’s, brain tumors and other diseases better reach their target. (Kevin Van Paassen/Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre via AP) ** FILE **

Alzheimer’s diagnoses differ between blacks, whites: Report

Blacks are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than whites, but there's little research on the difference because most patients in studies are white, according to an article published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology. Published January 8, 2019

Brianna Boyce and Zach Moote, both of White River Junction, Vt., look over some of the vaping flavors available at Un-Dun in West Lebanon, N.H. Both are not cigarette smokers but do vape. (Jennifer Hauck/The Valley News via AP)

Juul using teens blindsided by nicotine addiction

Scrambling to reduce the numbers of teens who vape, health officials are struggling with how to treat a new group of young people addicted to nicotine, with no clear path to help them break it. Published January 7, 2019

This undated microscope image from USC via the NIH shows pancreatic cancer cells, nuclei in blue, growing as a sphere encased in membranes, red. In a rare triumph for tough-to-beat pancreatic cancer, patients who had surgery lived substantially longer on a four-drug combo than on a standard cancer drug, according to research released on Monday, June 4, 2018. (Min Yu/Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center)

First in human trials started for breathalyzer cancer test

Have a funny taste in your mouth? Are you turning people away with bad breath? What seems like poor hygiene actually could be signs of cancer, according to researchers in England who are launching the first breathalyzer test to detect disease. Published January 3, 2019