Huffington Post – Liberia releases last Ebola patient
Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old English teacher, from a treatment center in the capital on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free.
“I am one of the happiest human beings today on earth because it was not easy going through this situation and coming out alive,” Beatrice Yardolo told The Associated Press after her release. She kept thanking God and the health workers at the center.

Reuters – U.S. heroin-overdose deaths nearly triple 2010 to ’13 –study
Heroin overdose deaths in the United States nearly tripled from 2010 to 2013, according to a federal study released on Wednesday.
Although the study, conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, did not look at the reason for the sharp increase, earlier work hinted at a link to prescription painkillers: in a study released last fall, the CDC found that 75 percent of people who started using heroin after 2000 said they first abused prescription opioids.

CTV news – Study finds SoCal kids breathing easier from cleaner air, have stronger lungs
Smog-covered mountains, gritty sidewalks, smelly fumes from traffic-choked freeways. The Los Angeles area was a tough place to breathe several decades ago. Now a study shows how much that has changed, especially for the region’s youngest residents.
Children in recent years breathed cleaner air and had stronger lungs compared to those who were studied two decades earlier, researchers found. The improved health coincided with drastic reductions in pollution in the Los Angeles basin and surrounding areas as air quality regulators cracked down on emissions from tailpipes and smokestacks.

FOX News – Flu winds down as FDA aims for better vaccine next winter
The miserable flu season is winding down but not quite over yet, health officials said Wednesday, even as the government picked what it hoped would be a better vaccine recipe for next fall and winter. 
If it seems early to worry about the next flu season, well, producing 140 million doses of vaccine requires starting months in advance.
It’s a process that’s part science, as researchers track what flu strains are spreading in different parts of the world to predict what may come here. And it’s part luck, as this year showed when a surprise new version of an aggressive flu strain – one that arose too late to be added to the vaccine – swamped the country.