CNN – Singapore, Nordic countries outrank US in achieving UN health goals

Are nations around the globe on track to meet health-related sustainable development goals for the year 2030? A new analysis finds outstanding achievements — but a great deal of work still needed — before the goals can be reached.

NPR – For many women, cervical cancer screening may get a lot simpler

Women ages 30 to 65 may decide how often they want to get screened for cervical cancer depending on the test they choose, according new draft recommendations for cervical cancer screening from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Testing every three years requires a Pap smear, and testing every five years requires a test for human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes nearly all cervical cancers.

STAT – Former CDC director Tom Frieden to launch new global health initiative

Dr. Tom Frieden is tired of the lack of progress in reducing the global burden of cardiovascular disease and of infectious disease outbreaks. So Frieden, who resigned as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after eight years at the end of the Obama administration, says he wants to do something about it.

Business Insider – Bill Gates says we’re on track for a record HIV epidemic

The world has made enormous leaps in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to the extent that someone HIV-positive, with the right treatment, can expect to live as long as their healthy neighbor. But as billionaire Bill Gates recently noted, without the proper funding, the virus could make a dangerous resurgence.

The Wall Street Journal – The government’s role in combating loneliness

Loneliness is hazardous to your health—and more psychologists and doctors are calling for a public-health campaign to fight it. “Early identification of patients in their practice and screening for loneliness or depression is a good first step,” says Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. Then it’s about “identifying programs to refer their patients to and a strong follow-up with patients and family members to ensure that engagement is occurring.”