The Verge – Weight gain in rural areas is responsible for a lot of the global rise in obesity

Rates of obesity worldwide have nearly tripled since 1975, and the prevailing belief is that city living is to blame. But a major study that covers 112 million adults suggests that weight gain in rural areas is responsible for much of this increase.

The New York Times – Walmart raises minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21

Starting in July, people under the age of 21 will no longer be able to buy tobacco products from Walmart or Sam’s Club stores in the United States.

NPR – Opioid addiction drug going mostly to whites, even as black death rate rises

White drug users addicted to heroin, fentanyl and other opioids have had near exclusive access to buprenorphine, a drug that curbs the craving for opioids and reduces the chance of a fatal overdose.

STAT – FDA takes new steps to bolster research on pregnant and lactating women

Federal health officials on Wednesday rolled out two new draft guidances about how to study drug safety and efficacy in pregnant and lactating women, the latest in a series of steps to make sure women have the information they need to make medical decisions.

CIDRAP – More states confront environmental threats to public health

From California’s wildfires to emerging measles outbreaks in New York and New Jersey, the United States saw economic damages exceeding $91 billion for health security events in 2018.