CNN – New Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo claims more lives

Two more people have died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s latest outbreak in North Kivu province, the country’s Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Huffington Post – Opioids have sparked an HIV outbreak in Massachusetts

For many public health experts, Massachusetts’ near-universal health insurance coverage makes it the gold standard for access to care. It’s the last place in the country where you’d expect to find a spike in HIV cases alarming enough to pique the interest of the federal government.

USA Today – Women more likely to die of heart attack if treated by male doctor, study finds

If you’re a woman rushed to an emergency room during a heart attack, the gender of the physician treating you, could make a life-or-death difference. Female heart attack patients are more likely to die when treated by a male ER doctor, a new study finds.

NBC News – Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste

Dental health experts worry that more people are using toothpaste that skips the most important ingredient — fluoride — and leaves them at a greater risk of cavities.

Financial Times – Italy senate overturns mandatory vaccination law

Italy’s upper house of parliament has voted through legislation from the ruling anti-establishment government to remove the legal obligation to vaccinate schoolchildren.