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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

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

Placing a sensitive fentanyl test strip into a mixing container for heroin can check for contamination, giving the user a choice of whether to take a potentially deadly risk. (Associated Press/File)

Fentanyl test strips help drug users detect deadly doses

Health care advocates want to put a cheap drug test in the hands of users to combat soaring rates of overdose deaths from the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is contaminating nearly every illegal drug on the street. Published December 26, 2018

Methadone is the oldest and most effective of approved medications used to treat opioid addiction and one of the most stigmatized. It is dispensed in government-licensed centers. (Associated Press/File)

How medication treats opioid addiction

Only 17.5 percent of those with addictions use one of the three medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration that help stop cravings and prevent opioids from working during relapses. Published December 26, 2018

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

States report uptick in patients with flu symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that the flu season is well underway, with several states recording a high number of cases and at least seven child deaths across the country. Published December 26, 2018