FOX News – US military says may have mishandled organism that causes plague
The U.S. military, stung this year for mistakenly shipping live anthrax samples, said on Thursday its labs were being investigated for possibly mishandling other organisms, including one that causes plague.
The disclosure came a week after the Army declared a moratorium on the production, handling, testing and shipment of biological agents and toxins.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement that it was trying to determine whether there were problems with record keeping and quality management or whether there were unapproved shipments.

NBC News – GirlTrek is transforming lives of black women through walking
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy unveiled a call to action Wednesday, encouraging walking and walkable communities with the Step It Up initiative.
“We are facing an explosion of chronic illnesses,” Murthy said. “Seven out of ten deaths can be prevented by lifestyle changes including physical activity such as walking.”
Surgeon General Murthy says just 22 minutes a day of brisk walking can help reduce diabetes and heart disease and it’s important to make sure that there are safe walkways available all for adults and children, in order to truly address the lack of physical activity.

The Wall Street Journal – New FDA rules tighten food safety requirements
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday finalized new rules that for the first time will require U.S. food manufacturers to develop and implement detailed plans to prevent foodborne illness.
The two long-awaited regulations move the government closer to implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act, a sweeping overhaul of food-safety oversight that Congress passed five years ago. The seven major rules that comprise the law—all due to be finalized next year—are aimed at modernizing food-manufacturing processes after a wave of deadly outbreaks in the past decade stemming from contaminated fruit, spinach, peanut butter and other products.

The Pump Handle – Worker health and safety yearbook: New science for healthier workplaces
When it comes to protecting workers, advocates often turn to science. Whether it’s research on the effectiveness of an intervention, new injury surveillance data or novel methods for pinpointing particularly vulnerable workers, science is key to advancing workplace safety. In our fourth edition of “The Year in U.S. Occupational Health & Safety,” we highlight some of the most interesting and noteworthy research of the past year.
On the topic of occupational asthma, researchers examined state-based trends and if patients talk with their doctors about whether their asthma is related to work. According to one study we highlight in the report, about 1.9 million adults across 22 states had work-related asthma as of 2012. Another study found that more than 28 percent of working adults with asthma were frequently exposed to asthma triggers such as vapors, gas, dust or fumes on the job. Also in the previous 12 months, researchers reported on the first known cases of lung disease among workers exposed to coal slag dust.

The Atlantic – Schools, birth control, and parental Consent
This year, students at 2,000 schools in the United States have access to a wide range of on-site health services, free of charge. That’s because those campuses have what are known as School-Based Health Centers, or SBHCs. The clinics, mostly in urban areas, are designed to provide universal access to quality health care, even for students who don’t have insurance. They’re typically funded by state governments, federal grants, and private foundations. School administrators manage them in conjunction with community medical organizations, hospitals, or government agencies.