NBC News – Cheerleaders warned about mumps exposure after national competition

Thousands of cheerleaders may have been exposed to mumps last month at a national competition in Dallas, Texas health officials said Wednesday.

AP – Kentucky restaurant worker diagnosed with Hepatitis A

Health officials say a restaurant worker in northeastern Kentucky has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A. Media cited a public health advisory from the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department that said the agency was notified Tuesday of the diagnosis and is investigating the case.

MedicalXpress – Report: Big tobacco is targeting the world’s most vulnerable to increase profits

The sixth edition of The Tobacco Atlas and its companion website TobaccoAtlas.org finds the tobacco industry is increasingly targeting vulnerable populations in emerging markets, such as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, where people are not protected by strong tobacco control regulations.

Kaiser Health News – When wildfire smoke invades, who should pay to clean indoor air?

As dense smoke from wildfires spread through communities across western Montana last summer, public health agencies faced an indoor problem, too: Residents suddenly needed filters to clean the air inside homes and public spaces, but there was no obvious funding source to pay for it.

USA Today – VA knew for years about dangerous conditions at Washington, D.C., hospital

Department of Veterans Affairs officials at nearly every level knew for years about sterilization lapses and equipment shortfalls at the Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center, but they were either unwilling or unable to fix the problems, an inspector general’s investigation found.