NPR – For the second week, the flu epidemic has eased

Flu is still rampant across the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the epidemic has peaked. It eased a bit last week, for the second week in a row.

HealthDay – Kids who vape face toxin dangers, study finds

Teenagers who use e-cigarettes expose themselves to cancer-causing toxins, particularly if they choose fruit-flavored products, a new study reports.

The Philadelphia Inquirer – Study: More kids are ending up in ICUs because of opioids

With pediatric opioid hospitalizations and intensive-care admissions sharply rising, young children have increasingly become collateral victims of the opioid epidemic, according to a new national study.

The Washington Post – People who don’t buckle up in the back seat are running real risks

A recent survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, found that 28 percent of respondents don’t always click a seat belt when they’re in the back of a car.

The Baltimore Sun – African-Americans face higher rates of kidney disease as experts look at diet, stress, socioeconomic factors

African-Americans are three times more likely than whites to have the disease. While they make up 13.2 percent of the U.S. population, they account for more than 35 percent of those on dialysis for kidney failure.