CNN – Study: 3 federal laws could reduce gun deaths by more than 90%
Passing federal laws that require universal background checks for firearm purchases, background checks on ammunition purchases and firearm identification could reduce the rate of U.S. gun deaths by more than 90%, according to a new study. “We wanted to see which restrictive gun laws really work, as opposed to saying ‘restrictive laws work,’ and figure out if we are pushing for a law which might not work,” said Bindu Kalesan, assistant professor of medicine at Boston University and lead author of the study, which was published on Thursday in The Lancet. Researchers arrived at the projection by looking at the number of gun-related deaths in every state in 2010 and the types of laws that existed in those states in 2009, including restrictive laws, such as background checks and child access prevention laws, and permissive laws, such as stand-your-ground laws.

Reuters – Obama renews call for U.S. public health insurance option
President Barack Obama on Monday urged Congress to reconsider offering a government-run health insurance option alongside private plans on the exchanges created as part of his national healthcare law. In an article published in the online edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Obama said the Affordable Care Act had made much progress toward improving access to healthcare and the quality and affordability of care. Many Republicans fiercely oppose the law saying it has raised health coverage costs for Americans and have tried repeatedly to repeal it in Congress.

Hanford Sentinel – Insurance Mandates Boost U.S. Autism Diagnoses
More U.S. children are getting diagnosed and treated for autism in states that require commercial health insurers to cover these services, a new study finds. But countless more kids with undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder still aren’t receiving needed medical attention, said researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. “These are encouraging findings,” said study leader David Mandell, a professor in the department of psychiatry. “We now know that more children are being served, but we are also acutely aware that these numbers are well below the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in our society, indicating that the mandates have not had the full effect that advocates desired,” he explained.

WTNH – Yale study links cooler temperatures to the common cold
It turns out that covering up your face in cold weather could be what your body needs to avoid catching that miserable cold. “Our research has really shown that the temperature can impact the immune response to the virus,” says Akiko Iwasaki, Professor of Immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine. She is the lead investigator of the latest study linking cool weather conditions to the common cold. It happens particularly in the nose, where the rhinovirus is better able to replicate.