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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 Jan. 12, 2018, photo, a medical assistant at a community health center gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) ** FILE **

One-third of parents won't vaccinate child against flu: Report

The flu vaccine is recommended for any child age six months or older yet one-third of parents say they likely won't have their children get the flu shot, according to a nationally representative poll published Monday. Published November 19, 2018

A study found that 65 percent of health care providers said they don't address weight management with their patients for fear of embarrassing them, but only 15 percent of patients said they are embarrassed to talk about weight management. (Associated Press/File) **FILE**

Weight-loss surgery underused in states with highest obesity rates: Study

The states with the highest number of adults with obesity have the lowest rates of bariatric weight-loss surgery, according to research announced Thursday that also found a poor economy and lack of insurance coverage are major obstacles to increase rates of such procedures. Published November 15, 2018

Western lifestyle, not age, a greater risk for high blood pressure: Study

While doctors attribute high blood pressure to risk factors of age and family history, research published Wednesday argues that the Western lifestyle is more directly responsible for the silent yet deadly condition of heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death globally. Published November 14, 2018

This Tuesday, March 13, 2018, photo released by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office shows a dog "Vader," a north-central Arizona specially trained police dog, who helped them find a load of cocaine and marijuana inside a BMW sedan driven by a 20-year-old Texas man they arrested during a traffic stop. (Yavapai County Sheriff's Office via AP) ** FILE **

Exercise lessens drug cravings in mice, report finds

Exercise is known to have countless health benefits, both physical and mental, but new research shows it can also be an effective tool in helping people prevent relapse of drug use. Published November 14, 2018

This April 6, 2018, file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Rise in use of marijuana by pregnant women alarming

Pregnant women are increasingly using marijuana, especially during the first trimester, even as rates of alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking decrease, according to research published Monday. Published November 5, 2018

In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot from a vaccine vial at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) **FILE**

At least two children dead from seasonal flu: CDC

At least two children have died from complications of this year's seasonal influenza, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, starting a new mortality count as health officials continue to tally ongoing deaths from last year's deadly flu season. Published November 5, 2018