The Washington Post – Officials in anti-vaccination ‘hotspot’ near Portland declare an emergency over measles outbreak

A quickly escalating measles outbreak around Portland, Ore., has led health officials in nearby Clark County, Wash., to declare a public health emergency as they warn that people infected with the highly contagious virus have visited schools and churches, a dentist’s office, a Costco, an Ikea and an Amazon locker pickup station.

Kaiser Health News – Alcohol-linked disease overtakes Hep C as top reason for liver transplant

An estimated 17,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a liver transplant, and there’s a strong chance that many of them have alcohol-associated liver disease. ALD now edges out hepatitis C as the No. 1 reason for liver transplants in the United States, according to research published Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

National Institutes of Health Dengue immunity may be protective against symptomatic Zika, study finds

Children with a history of prior dengue virus infection had a significantly lower risk of being symptomatic when infected by Zika virus, according to a study in Nicaragua of more than 3,000 children aged 2 to 14 years.

The New York Times – Allergic to penicillin? You may not be

Millions of Americans who believe they are allergic to penicillin are not actually allergic. But they are steered away from using some of the safest, most effective antibiotics, relying instead on substitutes that are often pricier, less effective, and more likely to cause complications such as antibiotic-resistant infections.

U.S. News and World Report Insulin costs doubled from 2012 to 2016: report

The cost of insulin used to treat Type 1 diabetes nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016, accenting growing public outrage over the cost of prescription drugs in the U.S. In 2016, Type I diabetics  paid, on average, $ 5,705 for insulin the U.S., almost double the $2,864 diabetics spent in 2012, according to an analysis out Tuesday from the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute.