NBC News – New York is fighting its worst outbreak of measles in decades

Local, state and federal health officials are battling to fight the outbreaks, which they believe have been fueled by a combination of anti-vaccine propaganda, lax enforcement of school requirements to vaccinate, and a growing trend among some families to turn away from standard medical care.

Los Angeles Times – Smoking is at a record low in the U.S., but the benefits aren’t shared equally

Cigarette smoking is at an all-time low in the United States, but the benefits of this public health achievement are not being shared equally by all Americans.

CBS News – Fluctuating personal income is also bad for your health

Fluctuations in personal income will likely harm your financial well-being, but more surprisingly, unpredictable changes in income are also bad for your physical health, a new study shows.

The New Yorker – Is marijuana as safe as we think?

When it comes to cannabis, the best-case scenario is that we will muddle through, learning more about its true effects as we go along and adapting as needed—the way, say, the once extraordinarily lethal innovation of the automobile has been gradually tamed in the course of its history.

Yahoo – Flu season is picking up across the U.S. — and it’s widespread in 24 states, says CDC

Over the course of one week, states reporting high flu activity went from nine to 19, along with New York City, health officials said on Friday.