Associated Press — Trump budget would force tough choices in disease research (featuring APHA)
What goes on the chopping block: Research into cancer or Alzheimer’s? A Zika vaccine or a treatment for superbugs? Health groups say President Donald Trump’s proposal to slash funds for the nation’s engine of biomedical research would be devastating for patients with all kinds of diseases — and for jobs. “It is possible that the next cure for some cancer is sitting there waiting to be discovered, and it won’t get to the table,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Los Angeles Times — 20% cut to NIH budget would leave Americans more vulnerable to cancer and other diseases, experts warn (featuring APHA)
A future in which cancers are cured, heart disease prevented and devastating brain disorders reversed may just have gotten a bit more distant, leaders of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations said Thursday. Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, who leads the American Public Health Association, questioned whether Trump’s budget blueprint actually does put “America first.”

Kaiser Health News — GOP’s 3-bucket strategy to repeal and replace health law is springing leaks
Republicans in Washington working to overhaul the Affordable Care Act say their strategy consists of “three buckets.” But it appears that all three may be leaking.

The New York Times — Some gun laws tied to lower suicide rates (featuring AJPH)
Background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases are associated with lower suicide rates, a new study from the American Journal of Public Health reports.

STAT — Here’s the prescription that Ben Carson needs to write for HUD
As a physician, Dr. Ben Carson knew the right prescriptions to give to his neurosurgery patients. But as the newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will he be able to provide the right prescription for HUD? The wrong one is cutting HUD’s budget by a staggering $6 billion (down 13.2 percent from last year), as proposed by the new budget from the Trump administration.

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