ABC News – Oregon House OKs health care as a right, funding questioned

Oregon’s Legislature took a step Tuesday toward enshrining the right to health care in the state Constitution, a move that would be unprecedented in the United States but raises serious funding questions.

Vox – The global crackdown on parents who refuse vaccines for their kids has begun

Australia and a number of countries in Europe are fed up enough with vaccine-refusing parents that they’re experimenting with punitive measures. Moms and dads in these countries may face fines if they fail to give their kids the recommended shots.

The Washington Post – CDC warns about salmonella infections traced to kratom

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and several states are investigating an outbreak of salmonella illness linked to kratom, an unregulated herbal supplement that is sometimes used for pain, anxiety and opioid-withdrawal symptoms, the CDC said Tuesday.

NY Daily News – New Yorkers are giving up cigarettes in record numbers

The state’s adult smoking rate dropped to 14.2% in 2016, the lowest level in state history and a 22% decline since 2011, according to survey data prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Hill – New HHS office that enforces health workers’ religious rights received 300 complaints in a month

More than 300 health workers have complained to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department over the last month, saying that their religious or conscience rights have been violated by their employer.