The Washington Post – Kids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinations

Eighteen states allow parents to opt their children out of school immunization requirements. In two-thirds of those states, a comprehensive new analysis finds a rising number of kindergartners who have not been vaccinated.

STAT – Major opioids legislation is taking shape. Can it make a dent in a national epidemic?

By the end of next week, the House will have considered more than 50 bills aimed at staunching the opioid crisis. The volume “may well be a record for legislating on a single issue,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Tuesday on the House floor.

CNN – Is polio re-emerging in Venezuela nearly 30 years after eradication?

The Venezuelan Society for Public Health, a non-governmental doctors association, is reporting information from an unofficial source that at least four children, all members of the indigenous Warao group, are suffering from paralysis in Delta Amacuro.

The New York Times – Common drugs may be contributing to depression

Over one-third of Americans take at least one prescription drug that lists depression as a potential side effect, a new study reports.

Healio – AMA declares drug shortages a public health crisis

Physicians at the AMA Annual Meeting adopted a policy to further combat national drug shortages that jeopardize patient care and safety.