NBC News – CDC Finds Troubling Rise in Teen Suicide Method
More teens who are killing themselves are choosing suffocation and strangling, government researchers reported Thursday. And more young women are committing suicide.
It’s a troubling trend and it’s not clear what’s driving it, the team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Kaiser Health News – New Federal Rule Will Extend Medical Leave Rights To Same-Sex Couples In All States
Starting March 27, legally married same-sex couples will be able to take unpaid time off to care for a spouse or sick family members even if they live in a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage.
The final rule issued by the Department of Labor revises the definition of “spouse” in the Family and Medical Leave Act to recognize legally married same-sex couples regardless of where they live. Prior to that, only couples that lived in a state that recognized same-sex marriage could take advantage of the act’s benefits.

The Washington Post – More about that doctor shortage, er, poor distribution of physicians
I tried to point out in this post Tuesday that critics of doctor shortage projections have argued for years that the problem is actually poor distribution of physicians, with too many clustered in urban and affluent areas and too few in poor and rural areas. There were 767,000 practicing doctors in the United States in 2013, and some believe that would be plenty if we had them in the right places and in fields that matched the needs of patients.
But a couple of readers said I should do more to present this side, so here you go.
One important critic of the shortage prediction is the prestigious Institute of Medicine, the independent health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which looked at graduate medical education in a major report in 2014.

NPR – Colorado Debates Whether IUDs Are Contraception Or Abortion
A popular contraception program in Colorado is receiving criticism from conservative lawmakers who say that the program’s use of intrauterine devices, or IUDs, qualify as abortions.
More than 30,000 women in Colorado have gotten a device because of the state program, the Colorado Family Planning Initiative. An IUD normally costs between $500 and several thousand dollars. Through the program women could receive one for free.