The Washington Post — HPV test is better than Pap smear at detecting precancerous cervical changes, study says

A test for HPV detects precancerous changes of the cervix earlier and more accurately than the Pap smear, according to a large clinical trial published Tuesday.

The New York Times — Americans are having fewer babies. They told us why.

Americans are having fewer babies. At first, researchers thought the declining fertility rate was because of the recession, but it kept falling even as the economy recovered. Now it has reached a record low for the second consecutive year.

The Wire — Rapid spread of polio in the Congo threatens global eradication efforts

Despite months-long efforts of public health experts to contain the damage, the virus has continued to spread. So far, 29 children have been paralyzed.

Newsweek — Five healthy habits for mothers that could cut their child’s risk of becoming obese: Harvard study

Mothers can significantly cut the risk of their children becoming obese if they themselves follow five healthy habits, according to a study.

CNN — Indonesia’s crackdown on LGBT people fuels HIV crisis, report says

A crackdown against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Indonesia is leading to a rise in HIV infections and causing a public health crisis, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch.