Public Health

There Are No Zombie Deer in Nevada. State Officials Want to Keep It That Way

Wildlife officials in Nevada are committed to preventing chronic wasting disease from infecting state populations of deer.

No More Tater Tots? California Schools Put Healthier Lunches To The Test

K-12 schools across California are rethinking and reformulating student meals.

Cities Are Worried About the Health Effects of Certain Herbicides

Seattle has joined Miami, Austin, and other cities in restricting the use of herbicides with glyphosate, such as Roundup.

STDs Continue to Spread Nationwide

Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis rose for the fifth consecutive year, according to federal data released this week.

Sin Taxes Not a Reliable Source of Revenue, Report Says

States collected $34 million in alcohol and tobacco taxes in 2017, but a tax increase doesn’t always equate to more money as consumer behavior changes.

People Who Live in Violent Neighborhoods Are More Likely to Be Lonely

A new study from Chicago finds that adults in places with high rates of violent crime are more likely to say they feel lonely, a consequence that can come with health repercussions.

Vapers Accuse Officials Of Overreach As Investigation Into Deadly Lung Illness Lags

Cities and states have responded to the vaping crisis with a divergent mix of warnings and bans.

It’s Easiest to Find Healthy Food in Cafeterias and Vending Machines of These Cities

City parks, hospitals, airports, and child care centers sell thousands of snacks and meals each day. A new ranking looks at how healthy city-procured food options are.

Invasive Mosquitoes Plunge Deeper Into California

While state and local vector control agencies keep a close eye on these species of Aedes mosquitoes, their biggest concerns are still West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis, which are spread by different species of mosquitoes, more common in California.

As Trump Moves to Revoke California Emissions Authority, State Leaders Poised to Challenge

President Trump announced his plan Wednesday to strip California of its ability to set vehicle emissions standards, which have become the defacto national standard.

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As Texas Cracks Down On Abortion, Austin Votes To Help Women Defray Costs

The Austin City Council is setting aside $150,000 in city funds to help local women seeking an abortion pay for related costs, such as transportation or child care.

Tightening Requirements for Vaccine Exemptions

Under a new law in California, state public health officials will have final authority over the validity of children's medical exemptions for vaccinations.

A City Looks at Wastewater for Clues in the Opioid Fight

Tempe, Arizona tests the waters to glean data about the spread of dangerous drugs.

How This State Is Using a 'Netflix Model' to Treat More People for Hepatitis C

Louisiana partnered with a pharmaceutical company to provide hepatitis C treatment to Medicaid and incarcerated patients at a fixed cost.

Obesity Rates Are Highest in These Nine States

Obesity rates continue to grow, particularly in the South and Midwest, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why Community-Owned Grocery Stores Like Co-ops are Better at Revitalizing Food Deserts

COMMENTARY | Walmart and other major retailers vowed to build hundreds of stores in food deserts. What happened?

States Should Look to Nurse Practitioners to Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

COMMENTARY | Nurse practitioners can help fill provider shortages and provide treatment to individuals addicted to opioids.

A Statewide Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

Michigan becomes the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an emergency rule, saying the products are marketed toward children.

Does Gentrification Give Children Anxiety?

Neighborhood change brings both positive and negative effects on existing residents. Among the latter: a newfound link to anxiety and depression in kids.