The New York Times – Ticks: Summer’s unwanted guests
At a recent dinner party in Greenwich, Conn., Topic A was not stock futures or boarding school, but something decidedly less tony: ticks.
Jill Kargman, the author, actress and creator of the Bravo show “Odd Mom Out” who was there, said the anxious conversation reflected a growingphobia of diseases borne by the arachnid among her set, with invasive nightly checks of spouses and children — limbs spread, hair frantically raked — now as routine as brushing teeth.

Medical News Today – Studies fall short on identifying best cleaning methods for preventing hospital infections
In the era of “superbugs,” cleanliness in hospitals is more important than ever. However, a systematic overview of studies investigating cleaning methods in hospitals has revealed a worrying lack of evidence on the best ways to protect patients’ health.
The study – published in Annals of Internal Medicine – saw researchers from Penn University, PA, investigate what knowledge we have on cleaning methods in hospitals.

The Washington Post – Picture of mother dual breastfeeding her son, friend’s son goes viral. Why some feminists believe ‘cross-nursing’ should be the future.
In a photo posted on Facebook, 26-year-old Jessica Anne Colletti is smiling. She’s breast feeding two babies at the same time and cheerfully writes: “My son on the right is 16 months and my friend’s son is 18 months. I watch her son while she works and have been feeding them both for a year! So much love between these milk siblings, it’s a special bond between us all.”

U.S. News and World Report – Vaccine sharply curbs chickenpox cases in U.S.
Chickenpox cases in the United States have dropped sharply since a vaccine against the disease became available in 1995, a new study shows.
Also, hospitalizations and outpatient visits for chickenpox have continued to fall since 2006, when a second dose of the vaccine was recommended to boost protection against the disease, the researchers found.
Before 1995, about 4 million people in the United States got chickenpox each year, nearly 11,000 were hospitalized, and up to 150 died of the disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.