NBC News – Herbal supplement kratom is tied to more U.S. deaths

U.S. health officials say overdose deaths involving the herbal supplement kratom have caused 91 deaths in 27 states.

Gizmodo – New CDC report shows autism is still on the rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new report on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), released Thursday, offers little good news.

The New York Times – New York City is requiring vaccinations against measles. Can officials do that?

Mandatory vaccination is rare, but it has been done — and upheld by the courts. While judges have allowed health officials to fine citizens for refusing, forced vaccinations are highly unusual.

The Guardian – Emergency panel meets as Congo Ebola outbreak gathers pace

Faltering national response to epidemic prompts experts to consider official announcement of public health crisis.

CNN – The most common active ingredient in hand sanitizer is still under FDA investigation

After reviewing the safety and effectiveness of hand sanitizers, the US Food and Drug Administration has ruled that dozens of active ingredients can’t be used in the antiseptic rubs, but the agency still wants answers about the most common active ingredient.