Top of the Morning: Measles Infections in USA Reach Record High

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Measles Infections in USA Reach Record High… Parents are opting out of vaccines and threatening children everywhere. “The USA now has the most measles cases in 20 years and the most since homegrown outbreaks were eliminated in 2000, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. The confirmed case count for 2014, as of May 23, was 288 and growing, the CDC says. That number includes 138 cases from Ohio, where the biggest outbreak is ongoing – and where the actual count is 166 as of Thursday, according to the state health department.” (USA Today

New Study issues Big Warning Global Obesity Rates...The Lancet study also finds that obesity in children has risen by 47% since 1980. “Today, 2.1 billion people – nearly 30% of the world’s population – are either obese or overweight, according to a new, first-of-its kind analysis of trend data from 188 countries. The rise in global obesity rates over the last three decades has been substantial and widespread, presenting a major public health epidemic in both the developed and the developing world.” (IHME

The investigative report that brought down Somaly Mam and forced her resignation from the anti-trafficking organization she founded. (NewsWeek

From Mark’s Podcast: What Obama Left Out of his Big Foreign Policy Speech (Global Dispatches Podcast

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