STAT – CDC expresses concern over mysterious surge in polio-like paralysis cases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed frustration and concern Tuesday about a puzzling surge in cases of polio-like paralysis, mostly in children, being reported across the country this year.

NBC News – Science says fluoride in water is good for kids. So why are these towns banning it?

But fluoride — the naturally occurring compound that prevents cavities and tooth decay — is still sparking heated debates, seven decades after it was first added to America’s water supply.

The New York Times – Canada makes marijuana legal, and a national experiment begins

Canada on Wednesday became the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana use, beginning a national experiment that will alter the country’s social, cultural and economic fabric, and present the nation with its biggest public policy challenge in decades.

NPR – Poll: Rural Americans rattled by opioid epidemic; many want government help

Rural Americans are profoundly worried about the opioid crisis and their local economies and many are hoping government can help, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

U.S. News & World Report – As fertility rates fall in US, gap widens between rural and urban counties

A new CDC report also shows the average age at which women become mothers has risen in communities across the country.