NBC News — National Domestic Violence Hotline had its busiest year ever, with more than half a million calls in 2018
The 573,670 calls and other communications were a 36 percent increase from 2017, according to the hotline, which has provided 24-hour, year-round support since 1996 for individuals affected by relationship abuse.

The Hill —Trump administration defends controversial changes to family planning program on Capitol Hill
The Trump administration faced fierce backlash from Democrats Wednesday when it defended its controversial decision to ban abortion providers from participating in a federally funded family planning program

AP News — UN health agency to remove controversial opioid guidelines
The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that it will discontinue two publications on prescribing opioid painkillers in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports.

CNN — The US suicide rate is up 33% since 1999, research says
According to annual research published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics on Thursday, America’s suicide rates are at the highest level since World War II.

The Wall Street Journal — New study links toxic Sept. 11 dust to prostate cancer
In a new study out Thursday, researchers from Mount Sinai found that World Trade Center responders with prostate cancer showed signs that inflammation was activated in the prostate after exposure to the toxic dust.