NPR — U.S. suicide rates are rising faster among women than men

The number of people dying by suicide in the United States has risen by about 30 percent in the past two decades. And while the majority of suicide-related deaths today are among boys and men, a study published Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics finds that the number of girls and women taking their own lives is rising.

Chicago Tribune — Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.

USA Today — Idaho child contracts rare plague, state’s first case in two decades

A child is recovering from a plague infection, Idaho state health officials announced on Tuesday.

The Guardian — Social media firms ‘must share child mental health costs’

Social media firms must share the burden with the health service as it battles mental health issues in young people, the head of NHS England has said.

The New York Times — That huge Mediterranean diet study was flawed. But was it wrong?

The study was a landmark, one of the few attempts to rigorously evaluate a particular diet. And the results were striking: A Mediterranean diet, with abundant vegetables and fruit, can slash the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The authors retracted their original paper on Wednesday and published an unusual “re-analysis” of their data in the same journal.

STAT — Do we keep waiting for the next pandemic or try to prevent it?

News of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is an urgent reminder that we need to change the way we fight disease, and we need to do so now.