Reuters Health – Soccer injuries surge as more kids play
As soccer has soared in popularity in recent decades, injury rates for youth players have also surged, a U.S. study suggests.
The injury rate for youth soccer players aged 7 to 17 more than doubled over the 25-year period ending in 2014, according to an analysis of children treated in U.S. hospitals.

Hartford Courant – State Gets $5 Million In Grants To Combat Opioid Crisis
Facing an opioid crisis that continues to claim hundreds of lives every year, officials say the state will get an infusion of more than $5 million in federal money to increase access to treatment and bolster abuse prevention efforts.
“The prescription pain medication and heroin crisis continues to grip families throughout our nation, and across our state. This funding will give us much-needed support to not only help those fighting addiction, but prevent people from becoming addicted in the first place,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement.

Kaiser Health News – Parents Often Battle To Get Their Children Mental Health Services At School
On a hot summer day last month, Sydney, 15, and Laney, 8, were enjoying their last two weeks of freedom before school started. The sisters tried to do flips over a high bar at a local playground.
“You’ve got to pull your hips into the bar, like you’ve got to kick up like that,” explained their mother, Selena.

NPR – A Good Dentist Is Hard To Find In Rural America
Jessica Stefonik is grinning. She’s got a bounce in her step. Her cheeks are a little puffy and her speech is a bit thick.
“It feels weird right now, but I’ll get used to it,” she says.
What she’s trying to get used to is the feeling of having teeth.