The Hill — Trump threatens to end Obamacare payments unless repeal passes
President Trump on Saturday threatened to end key payments to insurance companies made under Obamacare if a repeal-and-replace bill is not passed. “After seven years of ‘talking’ Repeal & Replace, the people of our great country are still being forced to live with imploding Obamacare!” the president wrote in a tweet. “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” he added. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer fired back Saturday, saying Trump should “stop playing politics with people’s lives and health care, start leading, and finally begin acting presidential.”

The New York Times — Binge drinking drops among teenagers
American adolescents are binge drinking less than they used to, according to a new report. “It’s good news,” said Bohyun Joy Jang, a researcher at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and the first author of a study that appeared in the May issue of the journal Pediatrics. The bad news, Dr. Jang said, is that frequent binge drinking is not decreasing as rapidly among members of lower socioeconomic groups, African-Americans and girls. The study showed that “frequent binge drinking” — at least two occasions of drinking five or more drinks in a row over the past two weeks — decreased among American adolescents over the period from 1991 to 2015. The study found, however, that drinking rates are decreasing faster among the economically better-off, and among boys.

STAT News — A ‘perfect storm’ superbug: How an invasive fungus got health officials’ attention
Try as they might, the infection control specialists at Royal Brompton Hospital could not eradicate the invasive fungus that was attacking already gravely ill patients in the intensive care unit. Enhanced cleaning didn’t stop the dangerous bug from spreading from one patient to the next in the 296-bed hospital. Neither did segregating infected patients, to keep them from spreading the fungus. Eventually, officials who run the Royal Brompton, located a couple of miles from Buckingham Palace in London’s tony Chelsea neighborhood, resorted to a last-ditch move no hospital ever wants to have to take. They temporarily shut their ICU. That appears to have put a stop to the more than year-long outbreak, which ended last year and which involved at least 50 patients.

Modern Healthcare — Researchers boost cancer screening rates visiting New York City barbershops
Hospitals have found success engaging patients within such community institutions as libraries and farmers markets, and now a team of outreach specialists have taken it a hair further by hanging out at barbershops. A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health examined the effectiveness of performing patient navigation services in local barber shops, and found there to be an increase in the cancer screening rate studied. Community health workers visited more than 100 barbershops in New York City between 2009 and 2013 to provide patient navigation to more than 700 black men.

NPR — Sperm counts plummet in western men, study finds
Sperm counts appear to be plummeting throughout the Western world, according to a large study of men around the world. An international team of scientists analyzed data from nearly 43,000 men in dozens of industrialized countries and found that sperm counts dropped by more than half over nearly four decades. “I think that we should take this very seriously,” says Shanna Swan, a reproductive epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She helped conduct the study published in the journal Human Reproduction Update. “I think it’s a wake-up call,” Swan says. Previous studies have suggested that sperm counts may be falling around the world. This study is the largest and most comprehensive to date. It was designed to resolve doubts about the earlier findings, Swan says.