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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

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 shows

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

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

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