Scientific American — Improved vaccination rates would fall victim to Senate health cuts
Passage of the Senate’s health care bill, as proposed, would risk eroding national health in one little-discussed way, according to medical experts: It would eliminate cash that pays for vaccines to protect the most vulnerable among us from diseases like mumps, measles or the flu. Former Pres. Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act currently requires new health insurance plans to cover federally recommended vaccines for adults and children, without making patients share the costs through co-pays or deductibles—a “first dollar” coverage mandate meant to help Americans overcome the financial obstacle that had prevented some from obtaining important vaccinations. The bill also more broadly requires essential health services like vaccines to be covered by health insurers. Yet under the Senate proposal states could redefine what constitutes an essential benefit and can decide not to require coverage for certain preventive care — such as vaccines.

Kaiser Health News — Senate GOP bill aims to add psych beds; squeeze on Medicaid signals their undoing
A little-discussed provision in the Senate health care bill is designed to boost the number of hospital beds for psychiatric care, providing a long-sought victory for mental health advocates. The provision would amend an obscure Medicaid funding rule that has sharply limited the number of beds for those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses. Yet leading mental health groups say they see no reason to celebrate.

NPR — Women with high-risk pregnancies are more likely to develop heart disease
Women who have high-risk pregnancies or complications in childbirth are up to eight times more likely to have heart disease later in life, statistics suggest. But many mothers — and their doctors — are unaware of the danger. Emerging research shows heart disease is a long-term threat for women who develop diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy, for example. Also at higher risk: mothers whose babies were born too small or too soon.

BBC News — Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria
Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization has said. It warns that if someone contracts gonorrhea, it is now much harder to treat, and in some cases impossible. The sexually transmitted infection is rapidly developing resistance to antibiotics. Experts said the situation was “fairly grim” with few new drugs on the horizon. About 78 million people pick up the STI each year and it can cause infertility. The World Health Organization analyzed data from 77 countries which showed gonorrhea’s resistance to antibiotics was widespread.