Voice of America – UNICEF: Mother’s Milk Best For Newborn Babies
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns that 77 million babies deprived of mother’s milk within the first crucial hours after birth are at great risk of dying within a month.  To mark World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 to 7), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) are calling for newborns to be breastfed exclusively for six months.  UNICEF says newborns should be breastfed within the first hour of life.  This provides them with the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protects them from disease and death.

NPR – For Stopping A Pandemic Of Gun Violence, Let’s Look To The Flu
t’s still summer and school’s still out for most people, so it’s understandable if you’re not thinking about the flu. But we all will be soon. Your pharmacist, your doctor, your boss, maybe even your colleagues — they’ll all be pushing you to get that annual flu shot, as well they should. Flu is serious business; it causes thousands of hospitalizations each year. There is no exact number of how many people die from the flu every year. It comes in different strains, and people don’t always recognize that flu is the cause. But there are estimates: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says between 3,000 and 49,000 people die every year from the flu.

FOX News – More bug spray, less dining al fresco planned in Zika zone
As word spread that Miami’s hippest neighborhood was now considered ground zero for the first mosquito-transmitted infections of the Zika virus in the U.S. mainland, many residents vowed to take precautions, local officials urged tourists not to change travel plans and mosquito-control workers geared up for war against the pests. “Zika is now here,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday. Some Miami residents said Friday that they were stocking up on mosquito repellent and planning to bring lunches to work instead of sitting at outdoor cafe tables under the Wynwood neighborhood’s bright murals. The gentrifying neighborhood is known for bold graffiti-style murals spray-painted across warehouses, art galleries, restaurants and boutiques.

U.S. News – Injuries Soar as Trampoline Parks Expand
As trampoline parks spring up across the United States, injuries to kids have jumped, too, a new study finds. Indoor trampoline parks, a relatively new phenomenon, are growing in popularity, said Dr. Kathryn Kasmire, the lead researcher on the study. In 2011, there were only around 35 such parks in existence, according to the International Association of Trampoline Parks. By 2014, that number had risen to 280.