Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Are we prepared for a public health emergency?
The 2017 National Health Security Preparedness Index analyzes over 130 health measures—from hazard planning in public schools to food and water safety monitoring—and provides the most comprehensive picture of health security and preparedness available.

Reuters – Rape victims in U.S. made to pay part of the medical bill (featuring AJPH research)
Women who have been sexually assaulted in the U.S. often bear some costs for testing and other medical treatment when they report the rape to authorities, according to a new study.
Victims with private insurance pay on average $950, or 14 percent, of the cost of medical services, and the insurance providers pay about $5,789, researchers found.

The Trace – A Majority Of Americans Oppose Carrying Guns In Public (featuring AJPH research)
Two-thirds of Americans believe that guns should be restricted in many public places, according to a study published Thursday.
The study, by a group of leading public health researchers, found that at least 64 percent of those surveyed do not support carrying guns at college campuses, in places of worship, government buildings, schools, bars, or sports stadiums. Even among gun owners, a majority did not approve of guns in bars or in schools. The survey, published in the American Journal of Public Health, comes as a number of states have passed laws to expand where guns can be carried in public.

MLive – College students trying marijuana at three-decade high, UM study shows (featuring AJPH research)
College students are more likely to try marijuana today than at any point in the last three decades, according to a new University of Michigan study.
The study, which appears in the American Journal of Public Health, claims that the levels of first-time use have increased sharply in the past three years, with approximately one-in-five college students becoming a first-time user.

The New York Times – F.D.A. Strengthens Warnings for Painkillers in Children
The Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that any child younger than 12 should not take the opioid codeine and that those 18 and younger should not take tramadol, another painkiller, after certain types of surgery. In addition, nursing mothers should avoid both opioids because they pose dangers to breast-feeding babies, the agency said.
Drug manufacturers will be required to update their package inserts to reflect the new contraindications, the strongest kind of warning, to alert doctors and parents that children can have trouble breathing or die after taking these drugs. Some over-the-counter cough or cold remedies contain codeine, so parents should read all labels to avoid accidentally giving it to their child.