The Guardian – No evidence of sugar substitutes’ health benefits, finds study

Low-calorie and artificial sweeteners, increasingly added to drinks and food as the industry responds to pressure to cut sugar, may not help people lose weight and there is not enough evidence on their safety, according to a major new review.

CNN – Ebola outbreak in Congo surpasses 600 cases amid more violence

The Democratic Republic of Congo has reached a grim new milestone in the Ebola outbreak that began August 1: The total number of probable patients is 608 as of Wednesday, with 368 deaths, the Ministry of Health said.

NY Times – In screening for suicide risk, Facebook takes on tricky public health role

“In the last year, we’ve helped first responders quickly reach around 3,500 people globally who needed help,” Mr. Zuckerberg wrote in a November post about the efforts.

STAT – With Senate votes, Trump gets a permanent drug czar — and his first science adviser

In the final hours of a lame-duck Congress, lawmakers on Wednesday confirmed the Trump administration’s nominees for science adviser and “drug czar,” following nearly two years in which those White House posts sat vacant.

Miami Herald – It seems like the flu, but it’s more dangerous. The CDC has issued a warning to parents

That cold or flu could actually be Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).