The Chronicle of Philanthropy – Robert Wood Johnson Pledges $500-Million More to Fight Childhood Obesity
Convinced a half-billion dollar effort to reduce childhood obesity started eight years ago is beginning to work, especially with school-age kids, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today announced it would commit another $500-million to help America’s children maintain a healthy weight.
Over the next 10 years, the nation’s third-largest private grant maker will place a greater priority on children under the age of 5. To reach preschoolers, the foundation will support parental and prenatal education on the advantages of a healthy diet and focus on fighting obesity among poor and minority kids, who tend to face more challenges keeping their weight down. The foundation will seek grantees and partners that promote daily exercise to ensure that children enter kindergarten at a healthy weight.

The New York Times – Among New York Subway’s Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes
Have you ever been on the subway and seen something that you did not quite recognize, something mysteriously unidentifiable?Well, there is a good chance scientists do not know what it is either.
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College released a study on Thursday that mapped DNA found in New York’s subway system — a crowded, largely subterranean behemoth that carries 5.5 million riders in an average week, and is filled with hundreds of species of bacteria (mostly harmless), the occasional spot of bubonic plague, and a universe of enigmas. Almost half of the DNA found on the system’s surfaces did not match any known organism and just 0.2 percent matched the human genome.

The Associated Press – Gap in Death Rate Narrows for Blacks, Whites With HIV
For many years, black Americans infected with the AIDS virus have died at much higher rates than whites. But the gap appears to be closing.
A new report says the death rate for blacks with HIV dropped 28 percent over five years. The rate also fell, though not as dramatically, for whites and for people who identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino.

CBS News – Measles cluster at daycare center the latest cause for concern
Public health officials investigating the recent measles outbreak are trying to determine whether a New Jersey one-year-old has the disease. An Ohio high school student is also being tested. Each could be the first case in their respective states this year.
As it stands now, there are at least 150 cases across 14 states, including Illinois, where five babies from a daycare center in suburban Chicago have the disease, reports CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds.