Wall Street Journal – CDC director calls for rethinking approach to Ebola infection control
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday the agency is rethinking its approach to Ebola infection control after a Dallas nurse became infected with the disease.
The remarks underscored a shift in the outbreak response by the Obama administration. Officials initially emphasized U.S. preparedness, but have more recently acknowledged lapses in two Ebola cases at a Dallas hospital. CDC Director Tom Frieden said Monday that the U.S. needs to step up training and education to help hospitals better prepare for the disease.

Time – How family dynamics at the dinner table affect kids’ weight
“Eat together” is a mantra that doctors and nutritionists use regularly when they talk with families about eating healthy and maintaining normal weight. Children who eat regular family meals tend to have lower rates of obesity and eat more nutritiously. A new study published Monday morning in the journal Pediatrics takes a novel look at why.
A team led by Jerica Berge, in the department of family medicine and community health at University of Minnesota, asked the families of 120 children aged 6 to 12 to record eight days of meals. The families didn’t have to eat every meal together, and didn’t even have to eat dinner together every one of those nights, but did have to share at least three meals during that time. Half of the children were overweight or obese, and half were normal weight.

Bloomberg Businessweek – WHO sees up to 10,000 West Africa Ebola cases a week
The number of Ebola cases in three West African nations may jump to between 5,000 and 10,000 a week by Dec. 1 as the deadly viral infection spreads, the World Health Organization said.
The outbreak is still expanding geographically in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and the number of cases in capital cities is increasing, Bruce Aylward, the WHO’s assistant director-general in charge of the Ebola response, said in a briefing with reporters in Geneva.

Reuters – Americans have 14 million smoking-related ailments: study
About 14 million major medical conditions in the U.S. can be blamed on smoking, according to a study by health officials.
Using surveys, the researchers found that in 2009 roughly seven million Americans reported almost 11 million major medical conditions caused by smoking. Including ailments people don’t know they have or didn’t report, that number climbs to 14 million medical conditions.
“That’s obviously an immense number,” Brian Rostron told Reuters Health by phone. “It’s continuing to be a problem. Even if people are former smokers, they have lasting lung damage.”