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Vaccinations Plummet During Pandemic

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Routine vaccinations for children plummeted earlier this year, say researchers. Compared with the first four months of 2019, there were 2.5 million fewer doses of childhood vaccines ordered for prevention of diseases like rubella, diphtheria and whooping cough, and 250,000 fewer vaccines ordered for highly infectious measles.

Pediatricians are urging families to maintain well-child appointments and stay on schedule with necessary vaccinations.

Disney Detox

A small study reports that cancer patients who watched Disney movies during rounds of chemotherapy reported fewer symptoms of fatigue and improved social functioning scores. The study involved 50 women undergoing treatment for a gynecologic cancer, half of whom were assigned to watch Disney movies.

Those who viewed classics like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Lady and the Tramp," "Frozen" and "Frozen II" reported feeling less tense and worried; experiencing reduced symptoms of frustration and helplessness; and experiencing fewer feelings of encroaching on their families' social lives.

However, the study did not examine the effect of other movie categories, so the therapeutical effects of Adam Sander's filmography remain unknown.

 

Body of Knowledge

The average man has about 30,000 whiskers on his face and will spend about 3,350 hours in his lifetime shaving them.

Get Me That, Stat!

A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis estimates nearly 27 million people will lose health insurance as a result of being laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, reports STAT.

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