New York Times – Median U.S. household income up for 2nd straight year; tops ’07 level

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that health insurance coverage continued to expand in 2016. Only 8.8 percent of the population lacked health insurance for the full year, down from 9.1 percent in 2015.Montana and Louisiana expanded their Medicaid programs in 2016, joining 29 other states in accepting increased federal funding under the Affordable Care Act. Private coverage also increased as companies hired more workers and offered better benefits.

Los Angeles Times – Get up at least once every 30 minutes. Failure to do so may shorten your life, study finds

You can spend a lot of accumulated time on your bottom in the course of a day. Or you can sit for lengthy spells without a break. Both, it turns out, are very bad for you. Whether you’re a heavy sitter or a binge-sitter, racking up prolonged sedentary time increases your risk of early death, according to a study published in Tuesday’s edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Associated Press – San Diego will power wash streets amid hepatitis outbreak

Streets in San Diego will be power-washed every other week and hand-washing stations are being installed where homeless people congregate under a plan to combat a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A, according to the mayor’s office. San Diego County officials earlier this month declared a public health emergency because of the spread of the liver disease that has killed 15 people and hospitalized 300 more.

The New York Times – Damp, dark and disarrayed, Florida starts coping with Irma’s aftermath

Florida emerged from Hurricane Irma on Monday as a landscape of blacked-out cities, shuttered gas stations, shattered trees and flooded streets, while the now-weakened storm kept sweeping northward. Major streets remained underwater in cities from Miami to Jacksonville, with even more roads snarled by debris. As many as nine million Floridians lost electricity at some point during the storm, and the chief executive of a major utility, Florida Power & Light, said that it could take weeks to restore full service.

HealthDay – ‘Healthy’ obese still face higher heart risks

Obese people face an increased risk of heart disease, even if they are free of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a large new study suggests. Researchers said the findings, based on 3.5 million British adults, cast doubt on the notion of “healthy obesity.” In recent years, some research has suggested that obesity may not be a heart risk — as long as a person is “metabolically healthy.” That typically means being free from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. The new findings paint a different picture.