Tomorrow’s Health: vaccine exemptions, cancer blood test & psychiatrist shortage

Tomorrow's Health for November 5, 2019

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the number of kindergartners not getting vaccinated for what parents describe as "religious reasons" appears to be on the rise.

Religious exemptions claimed by families jumped when "personal belief" exemptions were eliminated. Forty-five states permit religious exemptions to school vaccination laws.

Doctors strongly support vaccinations for children.

Breast cancer blood test

New research presented in the U.K. indicates a simple blood test may be able to detect breast cancer up to five years before there are any clinical signs of disease.

The test screens immune responses to tumor cell substances.

Researchers say a blood test could provide non-invasive and cost-effective early detection and would be an easier screening method than mammograms.

Child psychiatrist shortage

A new study in the journal Pediatrics highlights the shortage of child psychiatrists in much of the country.

Researchers say that despite a rise in the past decade in the number of child psychiatrists overall, one in five children still live in a county without one.

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