USA Today — More than 2 billion are overweight or obese globally, new study says
Worldwide, 2.2 billion adults and children suffer from health problems related to being overweight or obese, according to a new study. In all, about 30% of the world’s population is affected by weight problems, with 10% listed as obese. People were classified as overweight if their body mass index was in the 25 to 29 range, while obesity is defined as anyone with a BMI of 30 or more. The findings represent “a growing and disturbing global public health crisis,” said the authors of the paper, which was published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Kaiser Health News — Zika in America: One woman’s saga
LACEY, Wash. — When her daughter was born at Providence St. Peter Hospital in January, the first thing Maria Rios checked was the baby’s head. She’d seen the terrifying photos on the internet — infants in Brazil and in Puerto Rico whose skulls were misshapen, even collapsed, ravaged by the Zika virus that has engulfed Latin America. Days earlier, U.S. doctors had told Rios — a 20-year-old, first-time mother — that she was infected with Zika, likely spread by a mosquito bite at her parents’ home in Colima, Mexico, last summer.

The Hill — Senate GOP considers adding opioid funding to ObamaCare repeal bill
Senate Republicans are considering adding funding for opioid abuse treatment to their ObamaCare repeal bill, according to senators and aides. The move would be meant to ease concerns about the effect on opioid addiction treatment from rolling back ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid, which currently plays a major role in providing coverage for that treatment. But it’s unclear how much funding would be included and whether that could meaningfully fill the gap.

The Hill — EPA delays chemical safety rule until 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will delay implementation of an Obama-era chemical safety rule for nearly two years while it reassesses the necessity of the regulation. The EPA announced on Monday that Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a directive last Friday delaying the chemical plant safety standards until at least Feb. 20, 2019. The move comes after the EPA delayed the regulation in March amid discussions over the rule’s impact on businesses.