NPR – Measles Makes An Unwelcome Visit To Disneyland
A trip to Disneyland is on many families’ bucket lists, but that dream probably didn’t including catching the measles.
Nine people who visited Disneyland or Disneyland California Adventure Park during December have confirmed measles cases, state health officials said Wednesday. Seven of the patients live in California and two live in Utah.
State and county health officers are investigating an additional four suspected cases — two in Utah and two in California. All of the patients visited the parks in Orange County between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, California Department of Public Health officials said.

U.S. News and World Report – Cancer Groups Urge More Regulation of E-Cigarettes
The potential health hazards of e-cigarettes remain unclear, and more regulation on their use is needed, say two groups representing cancer researchers and specialists.
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) together issued a list of recommendations on Thursday aimed at bringing e-cigarette regulations more in line with those of traditional cigarettes.

TIME – Here’s Where to Find Out If You’re Likely to Get the Flu
With this year’s flu season nearing epidemic levels — it’s widespread in 43 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — prevention (and preparation) is certainly your best medicine.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of apps and websites that can help. Flu tracking is a popular subject, and ever since Google Flu Trends launched in 2008, it seems everyone wants to know how prevalent flu is — not just in their state and in their city, but in their neighborhood and even their office building. (Facebook can even help you figure out which of your friends might have given you the flu but tracking members’ posts about the illness and its symptoms.)

Associated Press – Cold Comfort: US Weather in 2014 Not Too Hot, Disastrous
On a day when much of the U.S. struggled with bone-chilling cold, federal meteorologists said America’s weather in 2014 wasn’t really that bad.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that the U.S. average temperature in 2014 was half a degree warmer than normal and weather was less disastrous and drought-struck than previous years. While 2014 was warmer than 2013 in the lower 48 states, it was still only the 34th warmest on record.

Medscape Medical News – HPV DNA Test Endorsed for Primary Cervical Cancer Screening
Primary screening for human papilloma virus (HPV) using a DNA test can be considered as an alternative to current US cytology-based cervical cancer screening strategies, according to new interim guidance from multiple societies published online January 7 in Gynecologic Oncology.
“HPV screening is highly sensitive, but specificity depends on subsequent evaluation strategies and screening frequencies,” write Warner K. Huh, MD, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues. “[US Food and Drug Administration] approval does not include specific recommendations for applying HPV screening in the US.”