NPR — How air pollution may be as harmful to your lungs as smoking cigarettes, study finds
Emphysema is considered a smoker’s disease. But it turns out, exposure to air pollution may lead to the same changes in the lung that give rise to emphysema.

Los Angeles Times — With opioid abuse surging, expert panel recommends drug screening for all U.S. adults
A draft report issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all U.S. adults be screened for illicit drug use as long as their doctors can do so accurately and, when abuse is detected, offer their patients effective treatment or refer them to someone who can.

Houston Chronicle — Doctors unaware of where their patients live impacts care
Family physicians have little idea where their patients actually live, according to a new study, and that’s a major shortcoming given recent evidence showing the health impact of a person’s environment.

Vox — Why police violence needs to be treated as a public health issue
Researchers argue that policing has become an urgent public health concern with real impacts on communities.

Boston Globe — Study shows LGBT disparity in health care
A new study, led by a Boston University researcher, has found that women who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual have less access to healthcare after cancer treatment than heterosexual women.

Texas Tribune — Texas almost mandated an HPV vaccine before politics got in the way. Now, the state has one of the country’s highest rates of cervical cancer.
The state’s approach stands in stark contrast to that of Australia, where leaders have successfully pushed a nationwide program that has made a sizable dent in cervical cancer rates.