Los Angeles Times – Trump goes a different direction in his choice of Health and Human Services secretary
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Assn., said Price came into the department “with very, very strong ideological views” and declined to meet with his group. Azar, he said, has not been among those openly fighting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and by reputation is less partisan. “He’s smart, practical, listens to all sides,” Benjamin said, adding, “We’ve got somebody whose heart is in the right place.”

The New York Times – Under new guidelines, millions more Americans will need to lower blood pressure
The nation’s leading heart experts on Monday issued new guidelines for high blood pressure that mean tens of millions more Americans will meet the criteria for the condition, and will need to change their lifestyles or take medicines to treat it.

STAT – With cures in hand, a major city tries to eliminate hepatitis C — and build a model for others
Just a few years after the introduction of a reliable cure for hepatitis C, this city has launched a campaign built on shoe leather and shrewd epidemiology to eliminate the virus.

HealthDay  – America’s love affair with sugary sodas is fading
Consumption of sodas and other sweet drinks – a big source of sugar in Americans’ diets – has dropped in the past decade among both kids and adults, researchers find.