Modern Healthcare – Dr. Karen DeSalvo to leave ONC if confirmed for new HHS post
The White House has nominated Dr. Karen DeSalvo to be assistant secretary for health at HHS. If confirmed by the Senate, DeSalvo would leave her post as head of the department’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
DeSalvo, 49, was hired to lead the ONC in 2013. Last year HHS made her acting assistant secretary for health and tasked her with helping the administration manage the department’s Ebola response.

The Huffington Post – Pennsylvania’s Fight Over Paid Sick Days Could Be The Presidential Campaign’s Next Issue
You’ve got a nasty head cold, or maybe your kid is home with the flu. If you’re a waitress and you call in sick, should the law forbid your employer from withholding your day’s wages?
A big debate over that question is taking place in Pennsylvania, pitting conservative state lawmakers in Harrisburg against liberal city officials in Philadelphia. It’s the latest in a series of such clashes that have taken place across the country. Underscoring the high stakes of the outcome, the battle is also drawing attention from high-profile Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, in what could be the early stages of an argument that will play out during the 2016 presidential campaign.

TIME – Chlamydia Outbreak Hits Texas High School With Abstinence-Only Sex-Ed Program
A West Texas high school is considering expanding its sex-education program beyond teaching abstinence after 20 cases of chlamydia were confirmed among students this week.
“We do have an abstinence curriculum, and that evidently ain’t working,” Jim Rumage, superintendent for the Crane Independent School District, told KFOR-TV about the outbreak at Crane High School.

NPR – Triage And Treatment: Untold Health Stories From Baltimore’s Unrest
Over the last week, Baltimore’s unrest has captured the nation’s attention. Images of burning cars, the sounds of angry protesters and then peace rallies have dominated the airwaves and headlines.
As the city’s health commissioner, I heard other stories. I spoke with a 62-year-old woman who had a heart attack a year ago and who had stopped taking her blood pressure and blood-thinning medications. Her pharmacy was one of the dozen that burned down, and neither she nor the other people in her senior housing building could figure out where to get their prescriptions filled. Her pills ran out two days before, and she’d planned to hold out until the pharmacy reopened.

Associated Press – UN: Lowest number of new weekly Ebola cases in West Africa
The World Health Organization says the number of Ebola cases reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone last week dropped to 18, the lowest total this year.
In an update published this week, the U.N. health agency said the situation was “encouraging” but noted officials are still unable to track exactly where the virus is spreading. In Guinea, five of the country’s nine new cases were detected only after the patients died; none had sought treatment in a hospital. In Sierra Leone, only two of the nine cases were identified as contacts of previous Ebola patients.