U.S. News & World Report – Who still smokes in the U.S. – and why?

Smoking rates have plummeted in recent decades thanks to mass media campaigns, cigarette taxes and public bans, yet nearly 38 million Americans still light up regularly.

Mother Jones – Newly released prisoners are 40 times more likely to overdose than the general population

In the first two weeks after their release, former inmates are 40 times more likely to overdose on opioids than the general population. That’s according to a recent study in the American Journal of Public Health.

Newsweek – U.S. the most dangerous developed country to give birth in: Report

About 50,000 women are “severely injured” during childbirth, and about 700 women die. Half of these deaths could have been prevented, as could the injuries, if correct safety procedures had been followed, according to an investigation by USA Today.

The Washington Post – Fentanyl-related deaths continue ‘staggering’ rise in Maryland

The number of fentanyl-related deaths in Maryland reached an all-time high in 2017 and is on track to continue increasing in 2018, officials said, part of a nationwide overdose epidemic being driven by the powerful synthetic drug.

Chicago Tribune – CDC: Backyard chickens are spreading salmonella to people

There is currently a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections linked to people touching backyard poultry, the CDC said on Monday.