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Kimberly Leonard
Works at U.S. News & World Report, L.P.
Attended University of Richmond
Lives in Washington, D.C.
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Rubella has been declared eliminated in North and South America. It is prevented by the MMR vaccine, the same that also prevents from mumps and measles.
Effective vaccination programs mean German measles are no longer considered a threat in the Americas.
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Tobacco use among middle and high schoolers remained about the same when looked at over all. Cigarette smoking is at a record low, but e-cigarette use has surged. 
The CDC chief blames aggressive marketing for the devices' growing use among young people.
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A new study shows that administering the HPV vaccine to boys may be cost effective in preventing throat cancer. Typically the virus is associated with cervical cancer, but the rate of oropharyngeal cancer is growing.
A new study shows that giving men ;Gardasil is cost-effective and prevents throat cancer.
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President Barack Obama's health care law made historic headway in boosting health insurance coverage, but a new report finds that families still face racial and socioeconomic disparities – even if they are insured.
Financial, technological and cultural barriers to coverage still exist.
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Fewer teens are getting pregnant, but many are not aware that if they choose to have sex an IUD is the safest way to avoid an unintended pregnancy. The method does not protect against STDs, so the CDC recommends condom use as well. 
The agency recommends long-acting reversible contraception to further reduce historically low teen pregnancy rates.
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CDC warns travelers of a bacteria that has become immune to antibiotics. These drug-resistant diseases are a major part of the national conversation and how we're going to improve care in hospitals. 
Travelers are infecting Americans when they return home.
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Regardless of what we learn from Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer tonight, it's important to keep the conversation going about transgender rights. Here's what I learned about how the health care law impacts the community. 
Specific rules about civil rights in health care are not yet written, so gender-transition therapy and surgery is still not covered.
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Americans' spending on medicine last year increased at its highest rate in 13 years as new drugs were introduced to the market and others were shifted into generic offerings, and as key elements of President Barack Obama's health care law took effect. 
Innovation was a primary driver while Obamacare played a smaller role than you think, a new report says.
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Rumors of measles parties were false -- but not entirely. There are several families who are looking to expose their children to measles. Also, some parents are choosing to allow their kids to get chickenpox rather than get the vaccine. 
The practice of skipping vaccines in favor of natural infection is still happening.
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The Commonwealth Fund found significant differences among Florida, Texas, New York and California when looking at rates of health insurance coverage, delays in care because of cost, and problems paying medical bills – much of which the authors attribute to states' decisions to expand Medicaid.
Survey finds people in Florida and Texas have difficulty paying off medical bills.
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The U.S. has tons of these stomach bug cases (Shigella) every year -- but the danger now is that it has become resistant to antibiotics. 
Travelers are infecting Americans when they return home.
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Parents think that giving their kids a sip of alcohol to drink will help them have a healthy attitude toward alcohol. Newest findings, however, show that this approach sends mixed messages about drinking. 
Moms and dads may be giving their children confusing messages about drinking.
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  • U.S. News & World Report, L.P.
    Health Care Reporter, 2014 - present
    I write daily, breaking and long-form stories for our news desk about public health, medical studies, health care reform and the health industry.
  • U.S. News & World Report, L.P.
    Health Producer, 2012 - present
    I write consumer, health-related stories for USNews.com. My stories focus on senior care, hospital trends, Medicare and other health insurance, and pediatric care. I also assist with our rankings projects, including Best Hospitals, Best Children's Hospitals and Best Nursing Homes. Early this year I introduced U.S. News's first regular Twitter chats on health topics, resulting in higher numbers of audience members, reporting material for stories, and opportunities for connecting with hospitals and health care associations.
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  • University of Richmond
    2009
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