The Washington Post — More than 1 in 5 U.S. adults were infected by a type of high-risk HPV, CDC report shows
During a recent two-year period, almost 23 percent of U.S. adults ages 18 to 59 had a type of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) that put them at high risk of certain cancers, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published Thursday. That percentage jumped to more than 42 percent during 2013 to 2014 if any type of genital HPV was included, the CDC found.

The New York Times — The campaign to lead the World Health Organization
In May, the World Health Organization will select a new director general, a choice that will affect the health of hundreds of millions in the developing world — perhaps even more if a global pandemic were to emerge. For the first time, the selection will be made by a vote of the W.H.O.’s member nations for candidates who have campaigned openly for the post.

CNN — Stem cells offer hope for autism
A first-of-its-kind study at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina tested children to see whether a transfusion of their own umbilical cord blood containing rare stem cells could help treat their autism. The results were impressive: More than two-thirds of the children showed reported improvements. A larger second trial is underway, one its researchers hope will lead to long-term treatment for children with autism.

STAT  —  FDA nominee says agency must strike right balance between risk, regulation
Dr. Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday made his 19th appearance before Congress, this time testifying on his own behalf. The 44-year-old doctor, investor, and conservative policy wonk, nominated to run the Food and Drug Administration, appeared before a Senate panel for a confirmation hearing, telling lawmakers that he would be an “impartial and passionate advocate for public health.”