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U.S. Readies for a Return of Bird Flu

(Wall Street Journal)- U.S. poultry companies and regulators are taking unprecedented steps to combat the potential return of an avian-influenza virus that roiled egg and turkey farmers earlier this year and killed more than 48 million birds.

Legionnaires’ Bacteria Regrew in Bronx Cooling Towers That Were Disinfected

(TheNewYorkTimes)- The 15 water-cooling towers that were found to be contaminated this week amid a new cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases had been disinfected less than two months ago, New York City officials said on Thursday, raising questions about how successful the city can be in containing the disease.

Millions More Need H.I.V. Treatment, W.H.O. Says

(TheNewYorkTimes)- The World Health Organization issued sweeping new guidelines on Wednesday that could put millions more people on H.I.V. drugs than are now getting them. The recommendations could go a long way toward halting the epidemic, health officials say, but would cost untold billions of dollars not yet committed.

After five years of delay, WMD plan is ‘nonsensical,’ critics say

(WASHINGTONPOST)- The Department of Homeland Security, created to help safeguard the nation from terrorism, has faced criticism for years over its approach to tackling the ultimate fear: an attack on U.S. soil with weapons of mass destruction. DHS’s efforts to stop nuclear, chemical and other mass-casualty attacks are scattershot and poorly coordinated, spread through an unwieldy department  Read More »

Senate panel approves $2 billion raise for NIH in 2016

(Science) The draft bill approved by the Senate appropriations panel that oversees NIH’s budget would give the agency twice the $1 billion proposed by the Obama administration and $900 million more than the corresponding House panel, according to a summary statement.