ABC News – Racial gap in heart health down due to declining health of white Americans: Study

A new study out of UCLA has shown that health disparities between black and white Americans have decreased because overall heart health for white Americans has declined.

NPR – Nigeria faces mystifying spike in deadly Lassa fever

It’s the worst Lassa fever outbreak ever recorded in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.

Christian Science Monitor – How treating gun violence as public-health issue could help children

Among high-income countries, the US accounts for 91 percent of firearms deaths for children up to age 14, according to a new Pediatrics report.

Reuters – Supreme Court mulls California law on anti-abortion facilities

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday tackles a dispute over whether a California law requiring Christian-based facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech.

New York Post – Will low-nicotine cigarettes actually help smokers quit?

Last week, the FDA announced an initiative to lower nicotine in cigarettes to “minimally or non-addictive levels,” in an effort to keep new smokers from getting hooked and wean current addicts from the unhealthy habit.