Life expectancy decline, meth and pregnancy, blight and gun violence prevention, child health insurance, tick diseases

Associated Press – CDC says life expectancy down as more Americans die younger due to suicide and drug overdose

Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.

NPR -Another drug crisis: methamphetamine use by pregnant women

A study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health confirms the rise in meth use among pregnant women and provides new data illustrating the scope of the problem.

HuffPost – How mowing overgrown lots reduced shootings in Philadelphia neighborhoods

Fixing up overgrown, vacant and blighted lots in Philadelphia did more than beautify neglected areas of the city. Those improvements reduced firearm shootings ending in serious injury or death, according to new research.

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