University of MinnesotaCDC funding helps states boost disease detection
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced $75.8 million in funding for states and communities to strengthen their ability to quickly respond to infectious disease threats. Money from the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement (ELC) goes to all 50 state health departments, six of the country’s biggest local health departments, and eight territories and US affiliates.

The Times of Northwest IndianaWomen can work to minimize breast cancer risk
When Angelina Jolie underwent her preventative double mastectomy earlier this year, she made women all around the country wonder if they should be tested to see if they were carriers of the BRCA gene. But local experts say only a small percentage of women need to worry about getting tested. Also, there are things women can do to minimize their cancer risks, whether they test positive for the genes or not. Dr. Mary Nicholson, medical director for the Women’s Diagnostic Center and section head for breast imaging in the Community Healthcare System, says women can do a few small things that will make a great deal of difference.

NPR — Brushing and flossing could cut risk of oral HPV infection
The human papillomavirus is a big cause of mouth and throat cancers, and those cancers have been getting more and more common. So researchers asked: Could brushing and flossing make a difference? It looks like the answer is yes, at least when it comes to being infected with oral HPV.

Los Angeles TimesYoung white women still embrace indoor tanning despite cancer risks
Indoor tanning is a great way to get skin cancer – especially if you start young. People who use tanning beds, sunlamps or tanning booths before age 35 are up to 75% more likely to develop melanoma, and those who begin before 25 may double their risk of other types of skin cancer.

BBC Mers: Deadly coronavirus found in tomb bat
The deadly Mers coronavirus has been isolated in a bat in Saudi Arabia, scientists report. The virus was detected in a faecal sample taken from an Egyptian tomb bat, collected close to the home of the first known Mers victim.

Huffington Post — When engineering met public health
Having studied engineering in college, I’m often asked what led me to a career in public health or, more pointedly, how public health and engineering might even be related. To most, the word ‘engineering’ brings thoughts of ‘high tech’ futures: robotics, satellites, iPhones, and computers. For the medically inclined, one might think of biomedical technology like new drugs and medical implants.