Reuters – Hospital privacy curtains laden with germs: study
The privacy curtains that separate care spaces in hospitals and clinics are frequently contaminated with potentially dangerous bacteria, according to a U.S. study.

Associated Foreign Press – US study casts doubt chronic fatigue virus link
A new US study heaps further doubt on the theory that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is linked to the XMRV retrovirus by questioning the results of a well-known October 2009 report.

Politico – Consumer groups get health grants
A portion of federal grants to help states monitor rate hikes will be going to consumer advocacy groups that regularly pick fights with insurers — and the insurance industry is calling foul.

NPR – Silence From Rep. Bachmann As Vaccine Challenge Expires
The high noon deadline for bioethicist Arthur Caplan’s $10,000 challenge to Rep. Michele Bachmann has come and gone without a peep from the Republican presidential hopeful. But damage from her statement linking the HPV vaccine with mental retardation has already been done, Caplan says.

Wall Street Journal – Long-Term Care Program in Doubt
The Obama administration said it may not enact a long-term-care insurance program included in last year’s legislation that overhauled health care.

Los Angeles Times – Report: U.S. spending billions of dollars to subsidize junk food
A new report released this week has found that, among the billions of dollars spent each year in federal subsidies for commodity crops, a steady flow of these taxpayer dollars are going to support high fructose corn syrup and three other common food additives used in junk food.

San Francisco Chronicle – EPA chief warns GOP moves may risk public health
The chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that Republican-sponsored proposals moving in the House would threaten the agency’s ability to regulate toxic air emissions.