disease http://ripr.org en Should Flu & HPV Shots Be Required For School Kids? http://ripr.org/post/should-flu-hpv-shots-be-required-school-kids <p>The state’s health department is considering updates to its immunization policy for school kids from preschool through college. The proposals would require flu shots for kids up to age five and the HPV vaccine for kids entering ninth grade.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:33:16 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28277 at http://ripr.org Is Obesity a Disease? http://ripr.org/post/obesity-disease <p><strong>UPDATE: The AMA <a href="http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/news/news/2013/2013-06-18-new-ama-policies-annual-meeting.page">voted yes</a> on calling obesity a disease, despite a committee's recommendations against it.</strong></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:22:23 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 16796 at http://ripr.org Is Obesity a Disease? Violence as contagious disease http://ripr.org/post/violence-contagious-disease <p>Sometimes it’s a new way of thinking, a new model, an idea out of left field, or, as I like to think of it, using the map of one universe to navigate another – that helps solve some of our most intractable problems. I like to highlight that kind of new thinking from time to time, so here’s a recent example.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8282 at http://ripr.org