The Washington Post – Despite measles outbreak, anti-vaccine activists in Minnesota refuse to back down
Minnesota’s worst measles outbreak in decades has un­expectedly energized anti-vaccine forces, who have stepped up their work in recent months to challenge efforts by public health officials and clinicians to prevent the spread of the highly infectious disease. In Facebook group discussions, local activists have asked about holding “measles parties” to expose unvaccinated children to others infected with the virus so they can contract the disease and acquire immunity. Health officials say they are aware of the message posts but haven’t seen evidence that such parties are taking place.

The New York Times – Coal mining health study is halted by interior department
The Interior Department has ordered a halt to a scientific study begun under President Obama of the public health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, which was conducting the study, said in a statement Monday that they were ordered to stop work because the Interior Department is conducting an agencywide budgetary review.

The Hill – Kasich: Bipartisan healthcare plan could come in a week
Govs. John Kasich of Ohio (R) and John Hickenlooper of Colorado (D) are working on a bipartisan proposal to stabilize ObamaCare that they say could be unveiled as soon as a week from now. Kasich and Hickenlooper, governors of opposing parties, have been doing a series of interviews calling for a bipartisan approach on healthcare to stabilize insurance markets. They hope to present their plan to the Senate Health Committee, which is hoping to finalize a stabilization bill by mid-September and will be holding hearings.

CNN – Most moms aren’t putting babies to sleep safely, study says
Despite a 23-year campaign urging that babies be put to bed on their backs, only 43.7% of US mothers report that they both intend to use this method and actually do so all the time, according to a new study. The Safe to Sleep campaign has been telling both caregivers and parents to use this position since 1994. Placing babies on their backs before they go to sleep reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, an unexplained fatal condition also known as SIDS, as well as other sleep-related infant deaths like suffocation, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The New York Times – More young people are dying of colon cancer
When researchers reported earlier this year that colorectal cancer rates were rising in adults as young as their 20s and 30s, some scientists were skeptical. The spike in figures, they suggested, might not reflect a real increase in disease incidence but earlier detection, which can be a good thing. Now a sobering new study has found that younger Americans aren’t just getting cancer diagnoses earlier. They are dying of colorectal cancer at slightly higher rates than in previous decades, and no one really knows why.