The Wall Street Journal – Study Supports Raising Tobacco-Purchase Age to 21
A government-commissioned study supports increasing the tobacco purchase age to 21 from 18, saying it would decrease early deaths, cut low birth weights and “substantially” reduce the number of 15- to 17-year-olds who begin smoking.
Only Congress, which required that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration commission the report, has the power to increase the tobacco purchase age nationally. States and cities can raise the age in their jurisdictions.

The Washington Post – Why measles could be worse for West Africa than Ebola
As the unprecedented Ebola outbreak slowly fades in West Africa, it has left plenty of other public health worries in its wake.
One of the biggest threats: measles.
The massive disruptions Ebola caused to the health-care systems in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone led to a significant drop in the number of children getting vaccinated for a range of diseases, including whooping cough and polio. In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, a group of researchers has calculated the potential fallout in the region if there was a measles outbreak. The measles virus is highly contagious and has surfaced in the wake of other humanitarian crises.

Reuters – U.S. healthcare worker with Ebola arrives at NIH for treatment
An American healthcare worker who tested positive for the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone arrived in the United States for treatment on Friday, U.S. health officials said.
The patient, who was transported in isolation by chartered aircraft, was admitted to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s high-security containment facility in Maryland, NIH said in a statement.

USA Today – Policing mentally ill overshadowed by race debate
Deep in a White House examination of policing tactics is a recommendation that left unaddressed, officials say, will contribute to continued fractures in law enforcement’s relationship with the public, similar to the racial divide.
The report by the Task Force on 21st Century Policing urged authorities to offer training to deal with a disturbing number of violent encounters between police and the mentally ill. And, the panel concluded, Congress should pay for it.