California lawmakers are considering a ban on child vaccine exemptions

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This week, the California state Senate health committee voted to push forward a bill that would ban parents from citing personal beliefs as the reason for opting out of vaccinations for their school aged children. According to Democrat Richard Pan, the bill’s co-author and a pediatrician, the proposed bill would continue to protect medical exemptions. Parents who would like to avoid vaccinating their children for other reasons, however, would be unable to do so if the law passes. Lawmakers supporting the bill seek to prevent “the suffering caused by vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Pan. In the state Senate, the issue is being debated as intensely as it is in other forums, and the bill still has a long way to travel before it would become law. From here, the bill will be heard by the Senate Education Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Appropriations Committee before the Assembly considers it. If it passes through those steps, Governor Jerry Brown would have to decide whether to sign or veto the controversial bill.

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"Strong is the New Pretty:" A mother captures her daughters' strength in compelling snapshots

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Wool felted honey bee mobile will make quite a buzz in the nursery

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While this sweet mobile may be a little unnerving if you’ve got a bumblebee phobia, it’s so cute that you may not want it to buzz off. Perfectly adorable hanging above a baby crib, this mobile would also look charming in your home as a wall hanger or kitchen accent. Handmade by SewnNatural, the airborne art is needle felted with 100% wool attached to a real birch branch using cotton embroidery floss. It includes 6 busy bees, a cozy hive, three apple blossoms and leaves. Each mobile is one-of-a-kind so design may vary. Available with pink or blue flower accents.

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Buyer beware: Study finds breast milk purchased online may be mixed with cow's milk

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You really can buy just about anything on the Internet these days, but parents considering purchasing breast milk online should be more than a little hesitant: there’s a high likelihood you’ll be giving baby a heavy side of cow’s milk. A new study published in Pediatrics found that 10% of breast milk samples purchased online are mixed with cow’s milk. The samples are not just showing trace amounts of the milk either; some of the samples were found to be an almost half and half mix of breast milk with cow’s milk or infant formula. As the researchers stressed, it can be difficult from looks alone to determine whether or not online breast milk really comes from a human or cows, and well-meaning parents could be unknowingly exposing their babies to cow’s milk, a common allergen. Add this info to a 2013 study about the rampant bacterial growth and contamination in milk purchased online and to the fact that the online breast milk market is unregulated and rife for the sale of products that have been adulterated or tampered with, and most of us should become a whole lot more buyer-beware.

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