The New York Times – Infant deaths fall sharply in Africa with routine antibiotics

Two doses a year of an antibiotic can sharply cut death rates among infants in poor countries, perhaps by as much as 25 percent among the very young, researchers reported on Wednesday.

The Telegraph – Third of early deaths could be prevented by everyone giving up meat, Harvard says

At least one-third of early deaths could be prevented if everyone moved to a vegetarian diet, Harvard scientists have calculated.

Morning Consult – Democrats, public health experts highlight lack of funds as opioid bills advance

Over the past two days, members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the House Energy and Commerce committees advanced legislation that would make wide-ranging changes to fight the opioid crisis.

The New York Times – Why a city at the center of the opioid crisis gave up a tool to fight it

After an H.I.V. outbreak among injection drug users in Scott County, Ind., in 2015, health officials opened many exchanges in suburbs, rural areas and small cities in more conservative parts of the country. Some of these communities have had second thoughts.

Scientific American – A nation divided: Arid/humid climate boundary in U.S. creeps eastward

This boundary is on the move, creeping east as global temperatures rise, according to new research published last month in Earth Interactions. Given the line’s historical role in shaping U.S. westward expansion, its shift could alter the agriculture that plays a crucial role in the economy of the Great Plains states.

Associated Press – Autism is becoming more common, better diagnosis of minorities may be why

The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it’s only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children.