Chesterfield mom leading fight against polio-like illness that killed her son

Melissa Hipolit will have more on this story on CBS 6 News at 11 p.m. CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Eight-year-old Macy Roberts said she has special permission to sit here at a desk in a room that is not her own. “I know Carter is around me,” Macy said. On the desk, a little chest filled with memories of the boy who used to live there. “Whenever I’m in here, and I start feeling sad or down about him, I can get a slip of paper back here, and I…

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CDC escalates response to polio-like illness AFM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has escalated its response to the polio-like illness that’s struck children in 29 states, increasing the number of disease detectives in its Atlanta headquarters from two to 16, according to a CDC official close to the investigation. The job of the detectives — formally known as Epidemic Intelligence Service officers — is to collect data on acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM, and try to identify the cause of the outbreak. Currently, the cause is unknown, and there’s no treatment and no…

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CDC advises US consumers not to eat romaine lettuce because of E. coli concerns

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned US consumers on Tuesday to not eat romaine lettuce as it may be contaminated with E. coli. A total of 32 people, including 13 who have been hospitalized, have been infected with the outbreak strain in 11 states, according to the CDC. One of the hospitalized developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified an additional 18 people who have become sick with the same strain of of E.…

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Recreational marijuana now for sale on East Coast

LEICESTER, Mass.  — Recreational marijuana is now for sale on the East Coast. Massachusetts became the first state east of the Mississippi to legally sell recreational weed Tuesday as two marijuana dispensaries opened to the public more than two years after voters approved its use. The two dispensaries are Cultivate Holdings in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton, located in the central and western parts of the state, respectively. “To get here, licensees underwent thorough background checks, passed multiple inspections, and had their products tested, all to ensure…

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More US children confirmed with paralyzing polio-like illness AFM

Watch Video More children have been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like paralyzing illness, according to numbers released Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have now been 106 confirmed cases of AFM in 29 states this year, according to the CDC, an increase of 16 since last week. There are also 167 possible cases of the illness, an increase of five from the previous week. Since 2014, there have been 430 confirmed cases of the rare disease, and 90% have been children, according to the…

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One-third of U.S. parents plan to skip flu shots for their kids this season

Thirty-four percent of US parents said their child was unlikely to get the flu vaccine this year, according to a report published Monday by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The online poll, which was administered in October, looked at 1,977 parents who had at least one child, whether parents would get their children the flu vaccine and their reasoning, among other things. Of parents polled, 48% said they usually followed the recommendations of their child’s health care provider when making choices about the flu vaccine. However, 21% of those surveyed did…

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Experimental treatment helps 2 out of 3 peanut allergy sufferers, study finds

Sometimes, Ellis Glover would be forced to leave her friends and sit at a lunch table where no one was eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. “I wanted to sit with my good, good friends, but I couldn’t,” the 10-year-old said. “If you’re a kid and you have a food allergy, it’s harder on you. You’re missing out on a lot of stuff other children can have. I always want to try peanut stuff.” Mom Monica Glover said the family discovered Ellis’ peanut allergy when she was about 3. The…

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School with high rate of vaccine exemptions faces state’s biggest chickenpox outbreak in over 20 years

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A North Carolina school is facing the biggest chickenpox outbreak since the vaccine came out more than 20 years ago, according to the Asheville Citizen Times. With 36 infected students by Friday, the varicella virus, more commonly known as chickenpox, is quickly spreading through the Asheville Waldorf School. The school, which  teaches Kindergarten up through 6th grade, is also among North Carolina’s top 3 schools for the state’s highest rates of religious exemptions to vaccinations. Out of 152 students, 110 have never gotten the chickenpox vaccine. That’s about…

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Pfizer will raise prices on 41 drugs

Pfizer is planning to raise prices on 41 drugs in January, a few months after the company agreed to defer hikes under heavy pressure from President Donald Trump. The manufacturer said Friday it would raise the list price of all but four of the drugs by 5%, effective January 15. Three drugs will increase 3%, while one will go up by 9%. The medications represent 10% of Pfizer’s drug portfolio. The drugmaker surprised many in July with its decision to walk back hikes after Trump tweeted that the company should…

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