The Washington Post – New HHS civil rights division to shield health workers with moral or religious objections

The Trump administration will create a new conscience and religious freedom division within the Health and Human Services Department to ease the way for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to opt out of providing services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.

STAT – How a government shutdown could affect drug safety, flu response, and more

Unless Republicans coalesce this week around a short-term spending deal, the federal government will shut down — a scenario that will likely have widespread and long-lasting consequences for public health.

HealthDay – Reduce legal blood-alcohol limit to cut drunk driving deaths: report

Lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers are needed to eliminate drunk driving deaths in the United States, according to a new report. All states should lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reported.

Chicago Tribune – Health department reports 2nd case of measles in 2 days at O’Hare

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that a second case of measles has been reported at O’Hare International Airport.

The Washington Post – A popular school fundraiser is just ‘junk-food marketing to kids,’ experts say

Just this month, as Labels for Education wound down public health advocates cheered the end of a program widely beloved by teachers, schools and parents. It included snack foods, such as cookies and crackers, which many health advocates say should be discouraged.