SCOTUSBlog — Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole
In its coverage of Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, a Supreme Court case about restricting abortion access, SCOTUSBlog referenced APHA’s friend of the court brief in support of abortion providers:  Whether, when applying the “undue burden” standard of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a court errs by refusing to consider whether and to what extent laws that restrict abortion for the stated purpose of promoting health actually serve the government’s interest in promoting health; and (2) whether the Fifth Circuit erred in concluding that this standard permits Texas to enforce, in nearly all circumstances, laws that would cause a significant reduction in the availability of abortion services while failing to advance the State’s interest in promoting health – or any other valid interest. A Brief amicus curiae of American Public Health Association filed in support of petitioners.

WHO WHO multi-country survey reveals widespread public misunderstanding about antibiotic resistance

As WHO ramps up its fight against antibiotic resistance, a new multi-country survey shows people are confused about this major threat to public health and do not understand how to prevent it from growing. An`tibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change and become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause. Over-use and misuse of antibiotics increase the development of resistant bacteria, and this survey points out some of the practices, gaps in understanding and misconceptions which contribute to this phenomenon. Almost two thirds of some 10,000 people who were surveyed across 12 countries say they know antibiotic resistance is an issue that could affect them and their families, but how it affects them and what they can do to address it are not well understood.

NPR — More Women Than Men Are Obese In America, And Gap Is Widening
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has crunched new numbers on America’s obesity epidemic. What do they tell us? As a nation, we seem to be stuck. The overall prevalence of obesity in the three-year period ending 2014 was just over 36 percent. This means that about 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. is obese. But if you’re a silver-linings kind of person, there’s this: After decades of increases, obesity rates do seem to be flattening out. The CDC says the changes in the prevalence of adult obesity were so slight between 2011 and 2014 that they were not statistically significant.

Ebony — Can Food Deserts Be Reversed in Black Communities?
What are food deserts and why do they exist? Is it because the foods are deserting the neighborhoods? That is exactly what is happening in Chicago, according to Dr. Terry Mason, chief operating officer at the Cook County Department of Public Health. He made the point at a session on health disparities in the food environment at the American Public Health Association conference in Chicago last week. “You do not have disease in a local place, having it anywhere means you have it everywhere,” said Mason. Many people who live in urban areas are more than 10 miles away from the nearest big chain grocery store.  Scientists and researchers who have been studying this issue discussed the problems and possible solutions with the diverse audience in the session.