STAT – New opioid bill would impose sweeping limits on some prescriptions, boost funding

A group of eight senators on Tuesday unveiled bipartisan legislation that would increase funding for addiction treatment and prevention by roughly $1 billion and impose a sweeping three-day limit on opioid prescriptions for initial pain treatment.

The New York Times – Sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. Please.

There are plenty of people who haven’t yet heard the consensus guidance of health officials: If no tissue is available, you should aim into your elbow, not your hand. Even if that means breaking a long-held habit.

CNN – 1 in 14 women still smokes while pregnant, CDC says

About one in 14 pregnant women who gave birth in the United States in 2016 smoked cigarettes during her pregnancy, according to a report released Wednesday.

Associated Press – Nigeria reports record high Lassa fever cases with 317

Health authorities say a Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has reached a record high and there are suspected cases in neighboring Benin as well. Nigeria has reported 317 confirmed cases in two months, more than the total for all of last year.

Bloomberg – U.S. Prescription drug costs are a crime

The White House has proposed tweaks to government health-care programs. The underlying problem is drug prices that are indeed murderous: Americans and their insurers often pay many times what people in other developed countries pay for the same medicines.