The Pump Handle – State, local public health loses critical funding because Congress fails to act on Zika: ‘Yes, we should be scared’
“In my darker hours when I’m sleeping at night, that’s where I go.” Those are words from Eric Blank, senior director for public health systems at the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), talking about the enormous difficulties that public health labs faced in confronting the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic. Now he fears that without emergency federal funds and in the face of new funding cuts, Zika virus will force the nation’s critical public health lab network into that same scenario — or into something even worse.

ABC News – How Researchers Are Using Google to Find Chickenpox Seasons
Researchers have found that the chickenpox virus may actually be a seasonal disease, with more cases reported in the spring, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
To identify chickenpox rates, the researchers turned to an unconventional source: Google Trends. The search engine has actually successfully been used by researchers before to estimate and examine influenza rates. For this study, researchers wanted to see if chickenpox was a seasonal disease in the same way the common cold or the flu is.

NPR – Hidden Heart Disease Is The Top Health Threat For U.S. Women
Tracy Solomon Clark is outgoing and energetic — a former fundraiser for big companies and big causes. As she charged through her 40s she had “no clue,” she says, that there might be a problem with her heart.
It was about six years ago — when she was 44 — that she first suffered severe shortness of breath, along with dizziness. She figured she was overweight and overworked, but never considered heart disease.

Kaiser Health News – California’s Glaring Shortage Of School Nurses
California falls significantly short of a new recommendation by an influential group of pediatricians calling for every school in the United States to have at least one nurse on site.
Fifty-seven percent of California’s public school districts, with 1.2 million students, do not employ nurses, according to research from Sacramento State University’s School of Nursing.