NPR — Disability advocates fear impact of GOP health plan
People like Evan Nodvin, who has Downes Syndrome, can live independently because of services that are covered in Georgia under Medicaid, the government health insurance for people with disabilities and the poor. According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, the state spends about 6 percent of its Medicaid budget on services for people with developmental disabilities. Under the House-passed health care bill, cuts will jeopardize services for this vulnerable population.

Washington Post — Puerto Rico declares Zika epidemic to be over
Puerto Rico’s Zika epidemic has ended, officials said Monday, noting substantially fewer new cases this spring. Only 10 cases have been reported in each four-week period since April, a dramatic decrease from the more than 8,000 cases reported in a four-week period at the peak of the epidemic last August, according to a health ministry statement. The island has been the part of the United States hardest hit by the mosquito-borne virus, and CDC acting director Anne Schuchat said officials “cannot let our guard down.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer — Salmonella outbreaks tied to backyard chickens reported in Ohio
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Is investigating outbreaks of Salmonella in 47 states, including Ohio, connected to backyard flocks. As of May 25, 372 people had been infected since Jan. 4. In Ohio, 32 cases were reported to the Ohio Department of Health between Jan. 4 and June 2, said Melanie Amato, public information officer for the department. Ohio topped the list of states that reported illnesses, followed by Kentucky, Tennessee and California.

New York Times — A dilemma for diabetes patients: How low to push blood sugar, and how to do it?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people with Type 2 diabetes. Surely, then, the way to dodge this bullet is to treat the disease and lower blood sugar. Well, maybe. Growing evidence suggests that the method by which blood sugar is lowered may make a big difference in heart risk. That has raised a medical dilemma affecting tens of millions of people with Type 2 diabetes — and for the doctors who treat them.

Newburyport News — Mumps outbreak prompts public health warnings in Massachusetts
Public health officials have issued a statewide advisory following an outbreak of mumps in Greater Boston, urging people to get vaccinated and take precautions against the disease. At least 12 confirmed cases of mumps were reported in Boston, Chelsea and Revere in March, according to the state Department of Public Health. The outbreak brings the total number of confirmed cases to 35 since January, with hundreds of others suspected. Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said the outbreak may show a change in the epidemiology of the infectious disease, which is spread from person to person and was nearly eradicated following the introduction of a vaccine in the late 1960s.