TIME – American babies are less likely to survive their first year than babies in other rich countries

Babies born in America are less likely to reach their first birthday than babies born in other wealthy countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a new study found.

CNN – Deadly flu season hits California particularly hard

A deadly flu season has hit hard in the Golden State. More patients are being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, some stores have had spot shortages of flu medications, and there have been 27 flu-related deaths reported among patients younger than 65.

Bloomberg – Bill Gates says private sector can profit from public health

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants corporations to join its efforts in advancing public health, not just because it’s the right thing to do — but because it can be lucrative too.

Washington Examiner – EPA set to reduce staff 50% in Trump’s first term

The Environmental Protection Agency, seen by President Trump as a bloated bureaucratic whale, is on schedule to fulfill his promise to reduce its staff nearly in half by the end of his first term mostly through retirements, not cuts, according to officials.

BBC – Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

At least two-thirds of those who try cigarettes go on to become daily smokers, even if only temporarily, research suggests. Data from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand found 60.3% of people had tried smoking and an estimated 68.9% of those progressed to a daily habit.