Los Angeles TimesWHO declares Ebola outbreak a global health emergency
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is an international public health emergency that needs an extraordinary response to stop the disease from spreading further, the World Health Organization declared Friday.
Margaret Chan, head of the WHO, said the often-fatal disease was spreading in nations that did not have the resources to deal with it and called for “international solidarity,” though she acknowledged that many countries would probably not be hit by the outbreak.

Bloomberg – Tobacco Foes Push Oversight of Luxury Cigars by U.S. FDA
Anti-smoking advocates want U.S. health authorities to regulate more than 3,500 types of luxury cigars that cost $10 or more each, expanding oversight of the tobacco industry.
The products, known as premium cigars, should be subject to warning labels and pre-marketing review, the groups told the Food and Drug Administration in comments on the agency’s April proposal to oversee cigars and electronic cigarettes for the first time. The groups also want the FDA to ban flavors such as cherry and vanilla in small cigars and e-cigarettes that are proving popular with teenagers.

Associated Press – A bite from this tick can make you allergic to red meat
A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick.
This bizarre problem was only discovered a few years ago but is growing as the ticks spread from the Southwest and the East to more parts of the United States. In some cases, eating a burger or a steak has landed people in the hospital with severe allergic reactions.

NPR – House Calls Keep People Out Of Nursing Homes And Save Money
When it comes to reining in medical costs, delivering more health care and bringing it right to the patient’s home can, for a select group of patients, save money. These particular patients are elders struggling with multiple chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes or dementia. They make up just 5 percent of the people on Medicare, but they account for about half of all Medicare spending.
In a study conducted by MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., 722 such patients were provided with home-based health care delivered by a team: a physician, a nurse practitioner, licensed practical nurses and social workers. The visits were frequent, and there was someone on call for urgent situations 24/7.

The New York TimesJesse L. Steinfeld, Surgeon General and Tobacco Foe, Dies at 87
Dr. Jesse L. Steinfeld, who as surgeon general in the Nixon administration spoke out against cigarette smoking, bringing new attention to the risks it posed to women and to people exposed to secondhand smoke, died on Tuesday in Pomona, Calif. He was 87.