The Hill – Five public health crises facing Houston after Harvey

Huge swaths of Houston are submerged in water — as much as 30 percent of Harris County, which includes the city and surrounding towns. In addition to the floods, which will take time to recede, the water also poses problems from contamination. Experts say all sorts of chemicals are likely to be in the water. “Pick a toxin, that’s going to be in the water,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “Oil and grease and chemicals.”

US News & World Report – Health buzz: the 11 most obese states in America

The bad news: Obesity remains a public health epidemic in this country. The good news: Adult obesity rates appear to be leveling off, though the progress won’t necessarily last forever. That’s according to The State of Obesity, an annual report from non-profit Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, out now. No state’s obesity rate was more than 25 percent as of 2000. But for 2016, the report found adult obesity rates hit more than 35 percent in five states, followed by 30 percent in 25 states and 25 percent in 46 states.

The Washington Post – Trump officials slash advertising, grants to help Americans get Affordable Care Act insurance

The Trump administration is gutting federal funds that help Americans sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, cutting grants to grass-roots groups that assist with enrollment by 40 percent and slashing an advertising budget from $100 million to $10 million.

IndyStar – What’s behind increase in road deaths? It may not be what you think

Climate change has been blamed for long, hot summers, erratic storms, and frigid winters. Now a retired Yale scientist believes the shift in our climate could lead to an unexpected consequence – more road deaths. In an article published in the journal Injury Prevention, Leon Robertson, formerly of Yale University’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, hypothesizes that the warmer weather leads more people to hit the road for longer, increasing the risk of fatal accidents.