FOX News – Annual decline in heart disease death rates in US flat since 2011
After four decades of dramatic progress, the public-health battle in the U.S. against the ravages of heart disease may have hit a wall. Since 2011, the annual decline in heart-disease death rates among Americans has essentially remained flat at less than 1%, researchers said Wednesday, a contrast to some 40 years of continuous and generally much steeper annual reductions. In the decade ending in 2010, the average annual decline in heart-disease mortality was 3.7%.

The Washington Post – Americans were more worried about Ebola than they are about Zika
The global spread of the Zika virus and its links to severe birth defects have yet to worry most Americans, and few are taking measures to limit their exposure to the mosquito-borne disease, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Two-thirds of Americans say they are “not too” or “not at all” worried about Zika infecting them or a family member, while one-third are at least “somewhat worried.” Fewer Americans are concerned about Zika infections today than were worried about the deadly Ebola epidemic at its height.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Pittsburgh oncologists to take part in cancer initiative
Oncologists from Pittsburgh’s two giant health care networks have joined a national, five-year initiative designed to improve cancer treatment while tamping down the high cost of care. Doctors at Allegheny Health Network and UPMC are among nearly 200 physician groups and 17 payers nationwide participating in the new Medicare program, which will offer financial incentives for meeting quality care metrics. While only people with Medicare fee-for-service coverage will be affected now, the tool will eventually become a Medicare staple, according to Virginia Calega, vice president of strategic clinical services at AHN parent Highmark.

CNN – Canned foods linked to BPA risk in new study
There has been an ongoing debate about just how much of the industrial chemical Bisphenol A (or BPA) lurks in canned foods and whether it poses a health risk. For more than 40 years, BPA has been widely used in consumer products, such as the inside lining of cans, to prevent metal corrosion and breakages, preserving the food inside. Now, a study published in the journal Environmental Research on Wednesday not only reveals that consuming canned foods can expose our bodies to BPA, it pinpoints the worst offenders.