The Washington Times – CDC alarmed by rate of heart attack and stroke in middle-aged persons

Too many middle-aged Americans are suffering from preventable heart attacks and strokes, the government said Thursday in report that finds more than one in three hospital stays are occurring in people who haven’t reached age 65.

Reuters – Most U.S. colleges are not tobacco- and smoke-free

Most U.S. four-year colleges and universities as well as community colleges don’t have tobacco-free or smoke-free policies on campus, a new study finds.

Buzzfeed – Think the anti-vaccine movement is bad in the US? It’s nothing compared to Europe.

Europe’s record-breaking measles epidemic — more than 41,000 cases so far this year — has health experts worried that a long simmering distrust of vaccines there will spur future epidemics of this and other preventable diseases.

U.S. News & World Report – The loneliness effect

Researchers now contend that social isolation and loneliness may represent a greater public health hazard than obesity or a near pack-a-day smoking habit.

The New York Times – Kids, get your flu shot

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that everyone older than 6 months get a flu shot for the 2018-19 season as soon as it is available, preferably before the end of October.