When Schools Tell Kids They Can’t Use the Bathroom

By imposing harsh restrictions on when students can use the restroom, educators are teaching kids to ignore their bladder.

The States With the Best and Worst Levels of Well-Being

Gallup releases its latest index on the topic, based on over 100,000 survey responses.

More Babies Are Being Born With Syphilis. Blame Meth and Opioids.

Syphilis among newborns can cause deformities, severe anemia, an enlarged liver and spleen, jaundice or brain and nerve problems such as blindness or deafness.

A Netflix Model for Hepatitis C: One Price, Unlimited Meds

Louisiana and Washington state are both trying to eliminate the infectious disease in their states.

The Soaring Cost of Child Care In 5 Charts

The cost of raising children has gotten so overwhelming for so many families that policymakers on both the federal and state levels are floating proposals.

Fed Up With High Health Care Costs, A Community Asks for A Better Deal

A Colorado county where residents are dealing with hospital and medical costs much higher than in other parts of the state is now turning to a new model to negotiate on behalf of some of the largest employers in the region.

Health Department’s Dog Crackdown Brings No Joy to Brewery Taproom

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Austin’s measles risk … former Little Rock mayor’s unused paid time off … and a Florida county’s understaffed 911 dispatch center.

The Coming Care Crisis as Kids With Autism Grow Up

The number of adults with autism diagnoses is soaring, but there aren’t enough programs and services to meet the demand.

Foster Parents Have Become Professionals in Some States

The idea of hiring professional foster parents to take care of children is controversial, but is being tested as a solution to the shortage of families in these state systems.

Two Crises In One: As Drug Use Rises, So Does Syphilis

Syphilis rates jumped by 73 percent overall and 156 percent for women from 2013 to 2017.

How Urban Agriculture Can Improve Food Security in Cities

Cities could learn lessons from Cuba and Argentina about this kind of farming.

How a Health Department Is Working to Contain a Measles Outbreak

When a case is suspected, public health employees launch an exhaustive investigative process that one official called "real gumshoe work."

Pay Attention to This Little-Noticed State Opioid Lawsuit

A case brought by the Oklahoma attorney general is expected to be the first against a drug company making prescription opioids to go to trial. A judge has ruled it can be televised.

Drug-Price Debate Targets Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Legislators in several states want pharmacy benefit managers to disclose more information about their practices, particularly rebates.

Utah Lawmakers Move to Restrict Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Denver teachers go on strike … Kansas’ low meningitis vaccination rate … and New Jersey’s 94-year-old mayor.

The CBD Crackdown Has Begun

In New York City and beyond, health departments are stopping restaurants from dosing customers with cannabidiol.

Survey Technique Shows Way to Better Understand Scope of Local Opioid Abuse

In one West Virginia county, 1,857 people are estimated to have injected drugs in the last six months.

How a Ballot Initiative to Expand Medicaid in Utah May Be Denied

Republican lawmakers don’t want to fully implement a ballot initiative passed in November. One health-care advocate called it “trampling on … representative democracy.”

Opioid Money Has Helped, But States Want More

States are eyeing lawsuits against drug manufacturers or assessments against the companies as possible ways to provide more money.