CBS News – What’s behind the spike in fatal traffic accidents?
The U.S. is on a pace for what could be the deadliest year on the roads since 2007. According to the National Safety Council, between January and June, about 18,630 people died in traffic accidents across the country — that’s up 14 percent from the same period in 2014 — and more than 2.2 million were seriously injured.
One factor contributing to the uptick in fatal crashes is the improving economy, National Safety Council president former NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman said.

The New York Times – Poll Finds Most Back Healthy School Meals
A majority of Americans support providing schoolchildren with healthy meals that consist of more fruits and vegetables and fewer foods high in calories and sodium, according to a national poll released on Tuesday by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Legislation signed in 2010 by President Obama required schools to update their nutritional standards for the first time in 15 years. The law was championed by Michelle Obama, the first lady, as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign.

Reuters Health – Lack of experience with kids may lead to EMS errors
The main challenge in providing safe care to children in ambulances may be the limited experience many emergency medical service (EMS) providers have in treating kids, a U.S. survey of first responders suggests.
Though children make up almost one quarter of the U.S. population – or roughly 73 million kids – they account for just 13 percent of EMS transports and only one percent of rides requiring advanced life support, researchers report in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Newsweek – Lice are Becoming Resistant to Treatment
The very thought of head lice make most people scratch their head in psychosomatic agony. These vermin are a persistent nuisance throughout the school year but the one saving grace for families has typically been that over-the-counter treatments effectively kill these itty-bitty bugs. Lice are exceedingly common—according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the country among children 3 to 11—but also very easy to treat.
Unfortunately, nitpicking parents should brace themselves for some disheartening news (and also grab a few extra fine-toothed metal combs).

The Washington Post – Scientists are crediting the Ice Bucket Challenge for breakthroughs in research
Just one year ago, Facebook feeds were awash with videos and photos of people pouring buckets of cold water on their heads all in the name of medical research.
At the time, the Ice Bucket Challenge had become the viral campaign everyone was talking about — an online effort to raise awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The movement attracted criticism of social media “slacktivism” — a convenient way for people to act like they’re making a difference without achieving anything at all.