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Brazil’s Deadly Yellow Fever Outbreak Could Spread To U.S., Experts Say

In other public health news, the FDA issues another warning about an experimental vein opening procedure. And local governments and the health industry feel the financial cost of the nation's obesity epidemic.

The Associated Press: FDA Issues Warning About Risky Vein Opening Procedure
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday again warned patients and doctors to avoid a risky, experimental procedure promoted as a treatment for several nervous system disorders, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. The procedure involves inflating a tiny balloon in narrowed veins, usually in the neck, to widen them and improve blood flow. (Johnson, 3/8)

Politico: Obesity's Hefty Price Tag
Memphis may be the heaviest city in the country, but it isn’t much of an outlier. From the trimmest state, Colorado, to the most obese, Mississippi, the entire nation has been on a perilous—and costly—upward track when it comes to extreme weight gain. Severe obesity (a BMI of 40 or more)—the kind most harmful to individual well-being and expensive to society—is rising at an alarming rate and may affect 11 percent of U.S. adults by 2030. (Baker, 3/8)

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