Time – (Featuring APHA) Sharp Rise in Drug Withdrawal Symptoms in Rural-Born Babies
The number of babies born in rural areas with opioid withdrawal symptoms has grown much faster in rural America than in urban America, according to a new study. A 2014 study by the American Public Health Association found addiction to prescription painkillers was particularly prevalent in Kentucky, West Virginia…

350.org – (Featuring APHA) Global Fossil Fuel Divestment and Clean Energy Investment Movement
The global movement to divest from fossil fuels has doubled in size since September 2015, according to the third annual Global Fossil Fuel Divestment and Clean Energy Investment Movement report from Arabella Advisors. Notable announcements include… American Public Health Association…

Fox News – Fight against malaria hampered by flatlining funds: WHO
Funding shortfalls and fragile health systems are undermining progress against malaria and could jeopardize efforts to reach globally agreed targets on the way to eventual elimination, the WHO said on Tuesday. While deaths from the disease have fallen dramatically in the past 15 years, there are big gaps in progress, with the poorest countries faring the worst.

Reuters – Drinking, drug use largely down among U.S. teens in 2016
The use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications and illicit substances declined among U.S. teens again in 2016, continuing a long-term trend, according to a study released on Tuesday by the NIH.But the research found that high school seniors were still using cannabis at nearly the same levels as in 2015.

CNN – Socially isolated breast cancer patients fare worse, study says
Women with fewer social ties — to friends, family, community and religious groups, as well as spouses or romantic partners — were 43 percent more likely to see their breast cancer return, 64 percent more likely to die from breast cancer and 69 percent more likely to die from any cause, according to a study published Monday in Cancer.

Modern Healthcare – Patient safety efforts saved $28 billion over five years
Efforts to make hospitals safer for patients are paying off, preventing 3.1 million harmful hospital-acquired conditions and the deaths of some 125,000 people, according to an HHS report released Monday. Those improvements saved close to $28 billion in healthcare costs from 2010 through 2015.