New Measles Outbreak

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Measles virus, photo courtesy of Sanofi Pasteur via Flickr

  • New measles outbreak: New York City is currently struggling with another measles outbreak. According to the city’s health officials, 16 cases of this highly contagious and infectious disease have  already been identified, resulting in at least six hospitalizations. Health officials are urging unvaccinated individuals and especially children to get their shots. Although in 2000 measles was virtually eliminated in the U.S., it’s making a comeback and New York isn’t the only place where measles are reoccurring right now. Within the past two months, cases have also been identified in the Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, and Dallas areas. Measles have also recently been reported in suburban areas in Connecticut and Illinois.
  • New food theme park to open in Italy: The Fico Eataly company that already has locations in 26 places around the world, including Rome, New York and has been considered the “Disneyland of Food” is about to expand their food empire. Their latest project is a food theme park that will cover about 80,000 square meters (20 acres) and will include restaurants, grocery stores, food labs and an aquarium. The project is a joint venture between Eataly and the municipality of Bologna, which is looking to boost the city economy and increase tourism. It’s scheduled to open in 2015.
  • How dangerous is telling a little lie to your child: According to a recent study conducted by the psychology department at the University of California, San Diego, the more you lie to your child, the more likely your little one might become a liar or a cheater. For their study, researchers collected 186 children between the ages of three to seven and played the same game with all of them. However, before the game began, about half of the children were told there was lots of candy in the next room. Shortly after, the adult confessed it wasn’t true, that it was simply a way to convince the child to play the game. Their findings: the older kids, those between five and seven, who had been lied to about the big bowl of candy were more likely to cheat — and then lie about cheating — compared to the children who weren’t told anything about the sweets in the other room. The psychology experts believe the children may have simply followed in the footsteps of the lying adult. “Perhaps the children did not feel the need to uphold their commitment to tell the truth to someone who they perceived as a liar,” they wrote in their study.
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