USA Today – 100 years ago, influenza killed as many as 50 million people. Could it happen again today?

“A global influenza pandemic is number 1, 2, 3 and 4 on our list of the most feared public health crises,” according to Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

The New York Times – E.P.A. to eliminate office that advises agency chief on science

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to dissolve its Office of the Science Advisor, a senior post that was created to counsel the E.P.A. administrator on the scientific research underpinning health and environmental regulations, according to a person familiar with the agency’s plans.

The Washington Examiner – Bipartisan opioid bill would boost treatment, without the funding advocacy groups wanted

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill hope to combat the opioid epidemic in part by expanding access to addiction treatment, a key part of the major legislative package unveiled late Tuesday.

The Telegraph – Breast cancer deaths set to rise as unhealthy lifestyles roll back decades of progress

The number of women dying from breast cancer will begin rising for the first time in decades due to unhealthy living, a new report predicts.

Newsweek – Vitamin D: supplement linked to weight loss in overweight and obese children

Vitamin D is most commonly associated with the development and maintenance of strong bones as the body needs it to absorb calcium. But recently emerging research suggests vitamin D deficiency could also be a contributing factor of obesity.

STAT – Experimental TB vaccine shows promise in clinical trials

As world leaders pledged support for the fight against tuberculosis at the United Nations this week, some good news in the effort to develop weapons to combat the bacterium nearly slipped under the radar.