CDC Public Health Grand Rounds — (Today at 1 p.m. EDT) Addressing health disparities in early childhood
The first years of a child’s life are some of the most important in terms of cognitive, social, and physical development. Early experiences occurring when a child’s brain and behavior are being shaped affect a child’s ability to learn, to get along with others, and to develop an overall state of well-being. Unfortunately, not all children have the same positive experiences or opportunities, which can lead to disparities. Social, economic, and environmental factors have been closely linked to health disparities. This session of Grand Rounds discusses how, together, we can address health disparities in early childhood through increased collaborations, public health partnerships, and early intervention.

Tech Times — US spending on prescription drugs rose 5.2 percent in 2015
A new report from the largest pharmacy benefit management firm in the United States revealed that spending on prescription drugs for insured Americans went up about 5.2 percent last year, pushed by both higher prices and greater medication use.

International Business Times — Unhealthy environment was a factor in nearly quarter of global deaths in 2012, WHO says
Nearly a quarter of all deaths worldwide in 2012 were caused by preventable environmental factors such as climate change, air, water and soil pollution and chemical exposures, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report released Tuesday. The latest report found that these environmental risk factors led to 12.6 million deaths out of a total of 55.6 million.

CBS Phladelphia — Study: Cold turkey is best way to quit smoking
Just the thought of quitting cold turkey is probably enough to make any smoker uneasy. But a new study adds support to the notion that people who give up cigarettes all at once are more likely to be successful than those who wean themselves off gradually. Researchers looked at nearly 700 long-term heavy smokers in England who wanted to kick the habit. They instructed half of the participants to quit abruptly — that is, pick a quit day when they would give up smoking entirely. The other half were told to scale back their cigarettes gradually for two weeks leading up to their quit day.