City Councilors Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) and Annissa Essaibi-George (at large) will lead an effort to curb what they said was a growing epidemic of teens using nicotine inhalers known as e-cigarettes. Read more.
A new study by the BPDA tries to calculate the costs of proposed federal immigration rules that would bar anybody who ever applies for any taxpayer-funded programs - including early-childhood nutrition programs and state-subsidized health insurance - and concludes Boston could lose a significant part of its workforce and risk increases in communicable diseases as immigrants drop out of health-care programs to try to stay here. Read more.
Sailors working out at Commonwealth Pier during the Great War. Source.
In August, 1918, Commonwealth Pier - today's World Trade Center - was a bustling place, with hundreds of sailors arriving there to await their permanent assignments for the "Great War" that the US had entered the year before.
Sometime on Aug. 27 or 28, two sailors reported, yes, flu-like symptoms. Read more.
The Boston Public Health Commission reports anybody who might have visited the Tasty Burger on Boylston Street between 7 and 11 p.m. on July 19 or Terminal B at Logan Airport between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m on July 20 should check themselves for possible measles symptoms. Read more.
Mayor Walsh said today he's picked a South Carolina-based lawfirm to file suit against the makers of opioids to try to recover some of the costs he says the city has incurred treating and dealing with users of their products. Read more.
A city analysis of public-health data from 2016 and 2017 shows Bostonians are having healthier babies and are less likely to grow up smoking, or do lots of binge drinking or have unsafe sex than in years past. But the numbers also show a rapid rise in opioid deaths and too many of us are anxious and torpid - fewer Bostonians are exercising and rates of certain chronic diseases remain unchanged. Read more.
BU Today reports the Boston Public Health Commission has given the go-ahead to BU's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories on Albany Street to begin research on the world's deadliest pathogens, including Ebola virus and the related Marburg virus.
The Herald analyzes reports to the city's 311 system, finds discarded needles are showing up all across the city, including playgrounds, keeping parents wary and the city's four full-time needle removers busy.
CommonHealth introduces us to a Spaulding Hospital clinic for people who problems caused by tick bites - and the bitter war between doctors who believe chronic Lyme Disease is a thing and doctors who think that's nuts.