The Wall Street Journal – California Governor Signs Bill Raising Tobacco-Purchase Age to 21 
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill raising the legal purchase age for cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21 years from 18.
The new law, which takes effect June 9, is a big boost to a movement that is turning into the next major challenge to the $100 billion tobacco industry.

CNN – Hepatitis C deaths hit all-time high in United States
Hepatitis C-related deaths reached an all-time high in 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday, surpassing total combined deaths from 60 other infectious diseases including HIV, pneumococcal disease and tuberculosis. The increase occurred despite recent advances in medications that can cure most infections within three months.
“Not everyone is getting tested and diagnosed, people don’t get referred to care as fully as they should, and then they are not being placed on treatment,” said Dr. John Ward, director of CDC’s division of viral hepatitis.

MLive – 10 Michigan health centers get $1M each in federal grants
Ten Michigan health centers are getting $1 million each in federal grant money for facility renovation, expansion, or construction, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.
The announcement comes on the same day that President Obama is visiting Flint to discuss the Flint water crisis. The HHS press release notes that Genesee Health System in Flint, which works with families impacted by the lead contamination in Flint, is among the grant recipients.

The Washington Post – Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States
Nightmare stories of nurses giving potent drugs meant for one patient to another and surgeons removing the wrong body parts have dominated recent headlines about medical care. Lest you assume those cases are the exceptions, a new study by patient safety researchers provides some context.
Their analysis, published in the BMJ on Tuesday, shows that “medical errors” in hospitals and other health care facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third leading cause of death in the United States — claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.

Los Angeles Times – Your kid might be ‘addicted’ to tech. Is that a problem?
Quick, how many times an hour do you check your phone? Can you resist the siren call of your device?
Sure, these tools have rewired our culture in some productive ways. But the pervasive integration of technology has led many to wonder whether we might be on track to become more slave than master to these devices. Is it all really that bad?