Los Angeles Times — Access to safer guns is favored by most in U.S., poll finds
Nearly 6 in 10 Americans — including 42.8% of gun owners — say that if they were to buy a new firearm, they would choose one equipped with technology that prevents it from being fired by an unauthorized user, a new national survey has found published yesterday in the American Journal of Public Health.

HealthDay — Supermarkets nearby may help kids lose some weight: Study
Maybe living close to a large supermarket can help obese children slim down, new research published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests.

MSN.com — Universal health care might actually save taxpayers money
The U.S. is one of the only developed nations without a universal health care system. And while most of the population believes this is because health care is primarily privately funded, they’re wrong. A new data analysis published in the American Journal of Public Health puts a spotlight on government spending, and illuminates a shocking imbalance between private and government health funding: Nearly two-thirds, or 64.3 percent, of health care spending in the U.S. is funded by tax revenue.

Boston Globe — Gun violence is a public health crisis
It seems that every week we are confronted with a new gun-related tragedy. Terrorism, mass shootings, street violence and gun accidents have traumatized communities throughout the country. Gun violence has evolved from a law enforcement issue into a true public health crisis.

NPR — Childhood vaccination rates climb in California
Maybe it was last January’s big measles outbreak at Disneyland that scared more California parents into getting their kids vaccinated. Or maybe health campaigns have become more persuasive. Or maybe schools getting stricter about requiring shots for entry made a difference.

Medscape — Senate HELP Committee launches draft health IT bill
Increasing the interoperability and usability of electronic health records (EHRs) and access of electronic records by patients are among the goals of draft legislation that the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) released Wednesday for public comment.