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Pregnant Pause

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The Centers for Disease Control reports that a large number of pregnant women are not getting two critically important vaccines: the Tdap vaccine (to prevent pertussis, also known as whooping cough) and the annual flu shot.

Survey data found that only 55% of pregnant women reported getting a Tdap vaccination and 54% receiving a flu shot last year. Only one-third of women said they got both.

The Tdap vaccine helps protect babies from pertussis, which can be deadly in infants. Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to getting the flu. Between 2010 and 2018, according to the CDC, pregnant women comprised 25% to 33% of all flu-related hospitalizations among women of childbearing age.

What's in a Name?

There's a new name for vaping-related illness: EVALI, which stands for "e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury." At last count, at least 1,300 persons across 49 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands had become ill with the still largely mysterious ailment. Twenty-six people have died from it.

Get Me That, Stat!


The birthrate of twins in the United States is declining. From 1980 to 2014, the rate increased slowly, but in the years since, it has declined approximately 1% per year, according to the CDC. Part of the decline may be due to the age of mothers. Twins are less common with older mothers, and more women are having children later in life.


82,000: Estimated number of jobs created by stem cell research launched through California's stem cell agency, the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (57,000 of those jobs in-state)

11: Estimated sales revenue, in billions of dollars, related to stem cell research in California since voters approved CIRM in 2004


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