Reuters – Forecast predicts over half of U.S. children will be obese by age 35

Nearly three in five children in the U.S. today are destined to be obese when they reach their 35th birthday, according to a new projection. Computer modeling, using current national data, estimated that 57% of children ages 2 to 19 in 2016 will be obese by the time they are 35 years old.

ABC News – Why the flu shot this year may not protect you

The upcoming flu season may be a particularly severe one in the U.S., some medical experts warned today, citing preliminary data from the Southern Hemisphere’s waning flu season. The flu vaccine used this year in Australia — which has the same composition as the vaccine used in the U.S. — was only 10 percent effective, according to a preliminary estimate.

Associated Press – New dengue vaccine could worsen disease in some people

Drug maker Sanofi says that its dengue vaccine, the world’s first, should only be given to people who have previously been sickened by the virus, according to new long-term data. Scientists concluded that while the vaccine protects people against further infection if they’ve already been infected with dengue, that’s not the case for people who haven’t previously been sickened by the disease.

ABC News – Thousands of kids could lose health insurance next month if Congress doesn’t act fast

Despite bipartisan backing, on Sept. 30, Congress missed the deadline to reauthorize funding for the CHIP program. At the time, lawmakers in Washington told states not to worry — the program would quickly be reauthorized. But now, almost two months later, states are facing a situation where they may not be able to afford to cover health insurance for millions of children and pregnant women.