CBS Local – Flu continues to spread across state, country
Almost every state in the country reports high flu numbers. So far, influenza’s killed 21 children this season alone.
CBS 2’s Marissa Bailey breaks down the latest CDC numbers nationwide, and here at home.
Across the country: 43 states now show widespread flu numbers. That’s up from 36 states just last week.
And according to the state department of health, every county in Illinois reports widespread influenza numbers.
“It’s a bad strain out there,” said Doctor Paul Casey, an ER doctor at Rush University Medical Center.

FOX News – Stricter controls needed after surge in marijuana-related ills, US anti-pot group says
The number of children treated annually for accidental pot consumption in Colorado has reached double-digits and a drug treatment chain has seen a surge of teens treated for cannabis abuse, a leading U.S. anti-marijuana group said on Monday.
In a report, marijuana legalization foe Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) also pointed to higher-than-average use in the first states to sanction recreational cannabis, Colorado and Washington state, and an increase in burns from butane hash oil production.

Huffington Post – Ebola survivors share stories via mobile app to help fight stigma
Ebola survivors in the three West African countries worst hit by the epidemic will share their stories through a mobile application to be launched on Monday, in a UNICEF-backed campaign to inform and fight stigma around the disease.
The Ebola outbreak, the worst on record of the highly infectious haemorrhagic fever, has killed over 7,900 people with more than 20,000 cases recorded mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Although many people have survived the disease, they still face rejection and stigma from their communities, while the virus continues to spread due to lack of information and denial, according to the WHO and other health organizations.

USA Today – Early intervention could change nature of schizophrenia
Tiffany Martinez was in a freshman history class at the University of Southern Maine when she was startled by a female voice.
She whipped around to see who it was.
No one was there.
Martinez was just 17 and away from home for the first time. And while she didn’t understand what was happening to her, she knew it was far more serious than homesickness.
Martinez, whose father suffers from schizophrenia, was experiencing the first signs of psychosis, a condition in which sufferers lose touch with reality. Most young people with psychosis spiral downward into delusion and disability, even as their families desperately try to find help.