TIME – Americas region becomes world’s first to eliminate rubella
The Americas region has become the first to successfully eliminate rubella, a contagious viral infection with similar symptoms to measles, health officials announced on Wednesday.
Medical experts are calling the milestone against the endemic transmission of the infection a “historic achievement.” Rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) are now the third and fourth vaccine-preventable diseases to be eliminated in the Americas, following small pox in 1971 and polio in 1994, and experts say it also speaks to the success of a 15-year initiative to provide widespread vaccination against mumps and rubella (MMR) in the area.

The Huffington Post – Every breath you take: State of the air 2015
Think about this: more than 4 in 10 people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Now think about this: in the time it took to read that, you probably took 4-5 breaths. Makes you want to know what was in that air, doesn’t it?
We strongly believe that everyone has the right to breathe healthy air, and that begins with knowing the quality of your air. So for the past 16 years, the American Lung Association has undertaken the “State of the Air” report, which examines air pollution levels across the U.S. This year’s report shows encouraging progress, evidence of the success of our long fight for cleaner, healthier air for all Americans. Paired with that progress, however, is evidence of troubling challenges. Both underscore the urgent need to continue to defend the Clean Air Act, which protects the air we all breathe.

The Washington Post – Doctors may be missing many cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia in women
Doctors may be failing to detect large numbers of gonorrhea and chlamydia infections in women if they don’t test patients’ throats and rectums for the sexually transmitted diseases, researchers at Johns Hopkins University report.
Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call for rectal and pharyngeal screening for the two infections only in HIV-infected men (and men at risk for HIV) who have sex with other men. But when the researchers looked at the health records of 4,402 women at two Baltimore clinics for sexually-transmitted diseases, they found that large numbers of cases would have been missed if “extragenital testing” had not been conducted.

Los Angeles Times – Bullying does more long-term mental health harm than abuse, study says
The long-term effects of being bullied by other kids are worse than being abused by an adult, new research shows.
Among a large group of children in England, those who were bullied were 60% more likely to have mental health problems as adults than were those who suffered physical, emotional or sexual abuse. And among a large group of children in the United States, the risk of mental health problems was nearly four times greater for victims of bullying than for victims of child abuse.
The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, underscore the need to take bullying more seriously as a public health problem.