HealthDay – Opioid crisis hitting boomers, millennials hardest

The U.S. opioid epidemic seems to be taking its biggest toll on the baby boomer and millennial generations, a new study suggests. Researchers found that since 2010, boomers — born between 1946 and 1964 — have had heightened rates of death from prescription opioids and heroin. Meanwhile, millennials — people in their 20s and 30s — also have been hard hit by heroin overdoses.

ABC News – Nearly half of all cancer deaths linked to preventable risk factors: study

A new study suggests that nearly half of the country’s cancers may be preventable through decisions we make every day. Researchers with the American Cancer Society looked at data on cancer incidence and deaths, finding that 42 percent of all cancer cases in the United States -– and nearly half of all cancer deaths – are linked to preventable risk factors like cigarette smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, excess body weight, alcohol intake and dietary choices.

NPR – What the industry knew about sugar’s health effects, but didn’t tell us

Now, what’s come to light in an investigation published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology is that the sugar industry funded its own research project, but never disclosed the findings.

The Washington Post – More middle-school girls are inflicting self-pain. Experts say it might be because of smartphones

A 15-year study of emergency room visits reveals new signs of emotional suffering among the nation’s young women and girls — particularly those in their middle-school years. Emergency room visits for girls 10 to 14 who inflicted self-pain were relatively stable before 2008 but escalated in the years since, according to new data. It is unclear why the rate of self-injury among younger teens has climbed, though some experts say it could be because of the girls’ access to smartphones and Internet bullying.