Scientific American – Virologist Robert Redfield named as next CDC director

The Secretary of Health and Human Services on Wednesday named Robert Redfield as his choice for director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Hill – Republicans agree to clarify that CDC can research gun violence

Republican leaders have agreed to include a provision in the government funding package clarifying that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not barred from conducting gun violence research under a 1996 amendment.

Science Magazine – Science gets a major boost in 2018 U.S. spending deal

It took an extra six months, but Congress is close to finally completing its work on a spending plan for the 2018 fiscal year, which began last October. And it appears the delay has brought good news for many federal science agencies.

CNN – Mumps outbreaks linked to waning vaccine protection, study says

This resurgence may be due to waning protection bestowed by the mumps portion of the vaccine, according to a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. A simple booster shot at age 18 could thwart future outbreaks, the Harvard researchers believe.

CIDRAP – Brazil calls for entire nation to get yellow fever vaccine

Brazil announced yesterday that all citizens should be vaccinated against yellow fever. The country is currently experiencing a spike in cases in what has shaped up to become the largest yellow fever outbreak to hit the country since the 1940s.