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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 June 18, 2014, file photo Cobb County police investigate an SUV where a toddler died near Marietta, Ga., when the father forgot to drop his child off at day care and went to work. A proposed new law that would require carmakers to build alarms for backseats is being pushed by child advocates who say it will prevent kids from dying in hot cars and also streamline the criminal process against caregivers who cause the deaths, cases that can be inconsistent but often heavier-handed against mothers. The latest deaths came in Arizona on triple-digit degree days over the last weekend of July 2017. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal Constitution via AP, File) **FILE**

Experts warn against child vehicular heatstroke

Every summer, a number of children die from a completely preventable tragedy -- being left in hot cars, with an average of 37 such fatalities each year in the U.S. Published May 24, 2018

In this photo taken Sunday, May 20, 2018, a team from Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) dons protective clothing and equipment as they prepare to treat Ebola patients in an isolation ward of Mbandaka hospital in Congo. Congo's health ministry announced Tuesday, May 22, 2018, six new confirmed cases of the Ebola virus and two new suspected cases while a vaccination effort enters its second day. (Louise Annaud/Medecins Sans Frontieres via AP)

Congo battling Ebola threat as international travelers take precautions

The threat of Ebola spreading further across the Democratic Republic of Congo is keeping health officials on a "knife-edge" as they monitor the situation -- but in a country of almost 79 million people and more than half the size of Europe, life must go on. Published May 24, 2018

At least 27 states have reported salmonella cases involving kratom, an herbal powder that is popular as a stimulant and a sedative, usually consumed raw or in tea. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

FDA cracks down on kratom distributors, saying claims of opioid treatment are a scam

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday it had issued warning letters to three companies to stop the illegal sale and market of kratom powder as a treatment for opioid addiction and withdrawal. The herbal supplement is celebrated by advocates for its pain-reliving properties but cautioned by authorities as a dangerous and addictive drug. Published May 22, 2018

A pharmacist at Marquier's Pharmacy in Newark, N.J., holds a bottle of the prescription drug Ritalin on March 26, 1996. Ritalin, manufactured by Ciba Pharmaceuticals based in Summit, N.J., is prescribed for hyperactivity in children but has been abused by some adolescents who take larger quantities to get high. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

ADHD medication poisonings, abuse increasing, says study

Calls to poison control centers increased for children accidentally exposed to ADHD medication, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers raised the alarm that improper use of the therapy is a growing problem in the U.S. Published May 22, 2018

Scalp cooling is a technology to prevent hair loss for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and involves placing a large cap during treatment, which is cooled to a temperature below freezing. (DigniCap)

Scalp cooling treatment a miracle for cancer patients

A chance encounter at a local store introduced cancer patient Christie Mangier to "scalp cooling," which prevents hair loss by freezing the scalp so that chemotherapy can't affect the follicles. Published May 21, 2018

This 1975 file microscope image made available by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows chlamydia trachomatis bacteria magnified 200 times. (Dr. E. Arum, Dr. N. Jacobs/CDC via AP, File)

California marks record high STD's in 2017

California recorded record numbers of new infections of sexually transmitted diseases in 2017, with nearly 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, according to a report by the state health department and published Monday. Published May 15, 2018