Associated Press – Researchers see possible link between opioids, birth defect

Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.

The New York Times – Andrew Wheeler, at E.P.A. confirmation hearing, walks a fine line on climate change

When Andrew Wheeler, president Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, testified before Senators on Wednesday at his confirmation hearing, he found himself walking a tightrope on the issue of climate change.

The Washington Post – FDA directs dwindling resources toward reviewing new drugs

The Food and Drug Administration plans to furlough more people and suspend lower-priority tasks to preserve money for drug reviews, including for new treatments for depression, diabetes and several types of cancer.

USA Today – Melinda Gates: U.S. maternal death rate is ‘incredibly disturbing’

Melinda and Bill Gates, who have been longtime proponents of child and maternal health around the world, are bothered that America has the worst maternal death rate of any developed country.

Associated Press – AP Exclusive: UN health chief orders probe into misconduct

The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal investigation into allegations the U.N. health agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption, after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top managers last year.