Modern Healthcare – Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare for 2016
GEORGES BENJAMIN – Executive Director | American Public Health Association
Benjamin, 63, has led the American Public Health Association since 2002. As executive director of the public health professionals’ advocacy group, some of the issues Benjamin has addressed are healthcare access, climate change and prescription drug costs. Before joining the APHA, he was Maryland’s secretary of health. Benjamin is board-certified in internal medicine and served as chief of emergency medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. After leaving there, he took on various healthcare leadership roles including a stint as acting commissioner for public health for the District of Columbia. This is the third time Benjamin has been named as one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.

USA Today – To treat or not? Question looms for elderly and sick
When Augusta Thomas was diagnosed with leukemia at age 82, doctors presented a life-or-death choice: chemotherapy or comfort measures.
She chose chemo, reasoning that she still travels, works as a national vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees and “enjoys life to the fullest.” But she adds that “everybody is different,” and the option of forgoing curative treatment is just as valid.

Kaiser Health News – Selling The Health Benefits Of Tap Water, In An Age Of Flint
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is making some public health messages harder to get across — namely, in most communities, the tap water is perfectly safe. And it is so much healthier than sugary drinks.
It’s a message Dr. Patty Braun, a pediatrician and oral health specialist at Denver Health, spends a lot of time on in Denver, even before lead was found in the water system of Flint.

Medscape – Police Shootings of Black Males: A Public Health Problem?
Last year, 1134 people were killed by police in the United States. Of these, a disproportionate number were black: 7.13 deaths per 1 million people, compared with 2.91 for white persons, 3.48 for Hispanic persons, 1.34 for Asian persons, and 3.4 for Native Americans.
For young black men, the numbers are even worse. Black men aged 15-34 years, who comprise only 2% of the US population, accounted for 15% of all police-involved deaths—a rate five times higher than that among white men of the same age.

ABC News – Study Claims Adderall Abuse Increasing in Young Adults
Adderall abuse is on the rise in young adults, according to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Adderall is a stimulant drug often used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.