Soda Taxes Lead Some to Cut Down on Sugary Drinks, Fizzle With Others

But the full cost of the taxes does appear to be getting passed to consumers in at least two cities.

How a Measles Quarantine Can Lead to Eviction

Without paid sick leave, workers who are quarantined for health reasons face job loss and worse.

As Home-Cooked Cottage-Food Industry Grows, States Work to Keep Up

Some states have embraced "food freedom" laws that exempt home producers from many food-safety laws.

African-Americans Missing Out on Southern Push for Legal Pot

Advocates have raised concerns that minorities won’t have an equitable stake in the emerging business.

Americans Are Going Bankrupt From Getting Sick

Doctors’ bills play a role in 60 percent of personal-bankruptcy filings.

Mental Health Trails Metal Detectors in School Safety Dollars

Gunmen killed 56 people in U.S. school shootings in 2018. While most states have prioritized investment in physical infrastructure, like surveillance cameras, some are starting to look at mental health treatment availability as well.

The Consequences of Teen Motherhood Can Last for Generations

Declining rates of adolescent pregnancy come with a catch.

Helping Police Divert Mental Health Patients From ERs

A start-up wants to use a mobile app to allow clinicians and case workers to do remote patient evaluations when law enforcement officers respond to mental health calls.

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.

Renewable Energy is Within Reach–Just Ask Holyoke, Mass.

COMMENTARY | Here's what a city that embraced green energy gained.

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.

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 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.

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.