Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Report: Nation better prepared to manage health emergencies than five years ago

An annual assessment of the nation’s day-to-day readiness for managing health emergencies improved significantly over the past five years, though deep regional differences remain.

The Guardian – More than 95% of world’s population breathe dangerous air, major study finds

More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising rapidly, a comprehensive study of global air pollution has found.

The Washington Post – Teenagers and college-age people drink less while this group pours another round

Experts on alcohol abuse have found one demographic group that’s drinking at an alarming rate. Not teenagers. Not college-age people. It’s baby boomers.

Consumer Reports – Smoking even one cigarette a day raises risk for coronary heart disease

The common assumption that cutting back on cigarettes is nearly as good for your health as quitting just went up in smoke. The medical journal BMJ recently published a review of research that shows smoking even one cigarette a day carries a surprisingly high risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke.

The Washington Post – Flesh-eating ulcer ‘epidemic’ hits parts of Australia. Scientists don’t have answers.

The spread of a flesh-eating ulcer in parts of Australia is being described as a “rapidly worsening epidemic” and, to make matters worse, researchers say they don’t know exactly where it comes from or how it is transmitted.

Longreads – The strike: Chemicals, cancer, and the fight for health care

Workers at Momentive Performance Materials had given their lives to the chemical plant. The strike was supposed to save what little they had left.