Today’s Headlines: Health Screenings at Work, Autism, and Same-Sex Marriage

CVS Employees Required to Have Weight, Body Fat and Glucose Screenings: One of the nation’s big employers, the CVS drugstore chain, is starting to require that employees learn more about their important health numbers in order to partake in their company-sponsored health insurance. The company said it would pay for employees to get the screenings for health information, which includes weight, height, body fat, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Otherwise, the employees would have to pay $600 a year in order to obtain coverage. (Boston Globe)

Report Says 1 in 50 US Schoolchildren Has a Form of Autism: This new number, mentioned in a report by the CDC, is higher than the previously reported number of 1 in 86 children. This is from study of school-aged children between the ages of 6 and 17. Many experts think this increased number of children who have been diagnosed with autism is due to better recognition among physicians. (New York Times)

American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Same-Sex Marriage: The AAP issued a 10-page report that endorses its support for same-sex marriage, arguing that it “helps guarantee rights, benefits and long-term security for children.” The national organization suggests that “allowing gay and lesbian parents to marry if they so choose is in the best interest of their children.” However, “other scientists called the evidence lackluster and said the academy’s endorsement was premature.” (New York Times)