The Washington Post — Tick towns: Researchers target neighborhoods in Lyme effort
Maybe it will take a village to fight Lyme disease. Or a bunch of them. With a bumper crop of blacklegged ticks possible this season, researchers in a Lyme disease-plagued part of New York’s Hudson Valley are tackling tick problems across entire neighborhoods with fungal sprays and bait boxes. The $8.8 million, five-year project aims to find out if treating 24 neighborhoods in Dutchess County for ticks, also known as deer ticks, can significantly reduce cases of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

The Hill — Court rejects Trump’s delay of EPA drilling pollution rule
The Trump administration cannot delay an Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting methane pollution from oil and natural gas drilling, a federal court ruled Monday. In an early court loss for President Trump’s aggressive agenda of environmental deregulation, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the EPA didn’t meet the requirements for a 90-day stay of the Obama administration’s methane rule. The decision means the EPA must immediately start enforcing the standards.

New York Daily News — Eating your placenta could harm your baby, CDC warns
Back off, Brooklyn doulas and Kourtney Kardashian — eating your placenta could harm your baby. Moms who eat their placenta could pass along life threatening diseases they carry thanks to eating the organ, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned. That’s because there are currently no standards for placenta consumption. And the organ may not be heated up enough to kill off harmful bacteria before it’s eaten.

The Hill — Pressure on McConnell to deliver Obamacare repeal
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is in the pressure cooker as Republicans seek to deliver on the health care reforms they’ve been promising voters for years. The majority leader has drawn high marks in recent years for his ability to keep the Senate GOP conference unified, but that discipline has been shattered by the divisive healthcare debate. Conservatives have at times challenged McConnell’s leadership over the years, but now those complaints are spreading to different corners of the conference. Last week, McConnell got into a heated exchange with moderate Sen. Rob Portman, a close ally who has major concerns about Medicaid cuts in the legislation.