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State Highlights: In Ill., Requirements Put More Pressure On Anti-Vax Parents; Federal Judge Blocks Ark. From Enforcing New Abortion Restrictions

Media outlets report on news from Illinois, Arkansas, Massachusetts, California, Texas, Florida, Washington, Vermont, Maryland and Ohio.

Chicago Tribune: New Measures Add Pressure To Anti-Vaccine Parents In Illinois And Across U.S.
Parents with clear-cut religious objections can still opt to send their kids to school without vaccines, as long as they’re willing to meet with a health care provider and receive information about vaccine benefits. But parents who oppose vaccines as unnecessary or dangerous are on shaky ground under a 2015 law that does not recognize philosophical objections. (Schoenberg, 7/30)

Boston Globe: Maternal Deaths In Massachusetts Prompt State Probes
In 2015, the state public health department and the Board of Registration in Medicine, which licenses doctors, issued a statewide advisory on how to identify high-risk obstetrical patients and manage emergencies. They cited 20 deaths over the previous four years, including nine women who were low-risk. (Kowalczyk, 7/29)

Dallas Morning News: How Dallas Dealt Polio A Massive Blow By Vaccinating 900,000 People In Two Days
As temperatures soared into the mid-90s, a steady stream of young and old, rich and poor, families of every race and ethnicity joined the lines. It was probably the largest peacetime mobilization ever undertaken in North Texas, and one that required a mutual trust among government officials, the public and the medical community that seems unfathomable in today’s polarized environment. (Tarrant, 7/30)

Los Angeles Times: Despite Complaints, Judge Says Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Facility Can Reopen
A state appeals court judge ruled Saturday that Southern California Gas Co. can resume operations at its Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, the source of the biggest methane leak in the country’s history. On Friday, L.A. County had been granted a temporary restraining order that would have halted the reopening. But a judge ordered the stay lifted on Saturday after the gas company filed a motion opposing the stay. (Karlamangla, 7/29)

Seattle Times: UW Students Create Innovative Devices To Solve Vexing Medical Problems
Last year, there was a national outcry after the price skyrocketed for a medical-injection device that counteracts the life-threatening symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. But for a team of students at the University of Washington, the price jumps for the EpiPen signaled an opportunity — a chance to invent a cheaper device that could do the same thing, only better. (Long, 7/29)

The Washington Post: Medical School Without The ‘Sage On A Stage’
When the University of Vermont's medical school opens for the year in the summer of 2019, it will be missing something that all but one of its peer institutions have: lectures. The Larner College of Medicine is scheduled to become the first U.S. medical school to eliminate lectures from its curriculum two years from now, putting it at the leading edge of a trend that could change the way the next generation of physicians learn their profession. (The medical school at Case Western Reserve University also has a no-lecture curriculum, established when the school opened in 2004.) (Bernstein, 7/29)

Houston Chronicle: Physician Opens Pearland Clinic To Help Uninsured
On a recent Thursday night, a crowd gathered at the new Seva Clinic, a nonprofit facility in Pearland offering free medical care from physicians. "It was crowded," said Hita Dickson who, along with her husband, Jim, serves on the clinic's board. "They had people lined up all the way down the hall and around the corner and even waiting outside. "I think they had 30 people show up and they serviced them all," she said. (Lamkahouan, 7/30)

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Lake Erie An "Outstanding" Drinking Water Source, But Toxins Remain, Report Finds
The Environmental Working Group determined that, in 2015, virtually every large water system in Ohio produced tap water with detectable levels of the same seven or eight contaminants that exceeded health guidelines, but not federal standards. EWG obtained its health guidelines from the latest state and federal scientific research, as well as from health and environmental agencies and EWG's own research, said David Andrews, a senior scientist at EWG. (McCarthy, 7/29)

Los Angeles Times: Pasadena-Based Mental Health Agency To Provide More Direct On-Site Support For Magnolia Park Students
Pasadena-based mental health agency will provide more direct on-site educational support services for special-needs students enrolled at Magnolia Park School for the upcoming school year. The Burbank Unified School District contracted with Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services during a board meeting last week to provide services at Magnolia Park, which offers enrollment for elementary through high school students with significant behavioral and emotional challenges. (Vega, 7/28)

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