Washington Post – Harvey may force 30,000 people into shelters while flooding will linger, officials warn

An ever-expanding swath of cities and towns across Texas, already reeling from historic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, remained under siege Monday as forecasters warned of more pounding rain, rising rivers and floodwaters swallowing even more streets and neighborhoods. Even as the storm had been blamed for several deaths, the full toll of the storm remained unclear. Officials warned that the danger was far from over, saying that the flooding in Texas is unlikely to recede quickly and that the storm will force more than 30,000 people from their homes.

The New York Times – Houston’s hospitals treat storm victims and become victims themselves

Water poured into hospitals. Ambulances were caught up in roiling floodwaters. Medical transport helicopters were grounded by high winds. Houston’s world-renowned health care infrastructure found itself battered by Hurricane Harvey, struggling to treat storm victims while becoming a victim itself. The coming days will inevitably bring more hazards for storm-damaged hospitals and nursing homes, and their patients and staff.

The Huffington Post – Flame retardants linked to lower fertility rates in women

New research examining the link between common flame retardant chemicals and fertility rates finds that women with higher levels of the chemicals in their bodies have lower chances of fertilization, pregnancy and live birth compared with women who have low levels of the chemicals in their bodies. If this finding is confirmed in a larger number of study participants, couples struggling to get pregnant may want to take a second look at their furniture and carpet, experts say, as some of these items tend to have flame retardant components.

The Star Tribune – Measles outbreak was costly, state health officials say

Minnesota’s 2017 measles outbreak came to an end on Friday, but only after sickening 79 people, sending 22 to the hospital and triggering a major epidemiology campaign that required dozens of public health workers and community volunteers. The Minnesota Department of Health spent more than $900,000 to curb the outbreak, the state’s largest since 1990. Hennepin County, where most of the cases occurred, dispatched 89 staff members to interview affected families at a cost of about $400,000.

The Keyword – Learning more about clinical depression with the PHQ-9 questionnaire

Clinical depression is a very common condition—in fact, approximately one in five Americans experience an episode in their lifetime. However, despite its prevalence, only about 50 percent of people who suffer from depression actually receive treatment. To help raise awareness of this condition, we’ve teamed up with Google to help provide more direct access to tools and information to people who may be suffering.