Gizmodo – Why small towns have more intense surges of flu

In the wake of the most devastating flu season seen in decades this past winter, a new study seems to show how and why the influenza virus hits some areas of the country harder than others.

Mother Jones – The EPA’s bold new idea has massive implications for public health

With a few sentences buried in the seven-page Federal Register text, the EPA is opening the door to a new scientific approach that—in a worst-case scenario—could further relax regulations because of the assumption that a little pollution is actually beneficial.

Independent – Scientists call for ‘Noah’s Ark’ of human microbes to prevent ‘growing global health crisis’

As animals and plants across the globe are wiped out, there could be another extinction crisis under way in the guts and skin of people everywhere.

CNN – Vitamin D supplements don’t improve bone health, major study finds

Vitamin D supplements do not improve bone mineral density or prevent fractures or falls in adults, finds a large study that advises health professionals to stop recommending the supplements to most patients.

Kaiser Health News – Without safety net of kids or spouse, ‘elder orphans’ need fearless fallback plan

About 22 percent of older adults in the U.S. fall into this category or are at risk of doing so in the future, according to a 2016 study.