CNN — Guns kill nearly 1,300 US children each year, study says
CNN — Rambunctious third-graders filled a classroom in Seattle on a crisp autumn day. One of the students dropped his backpack, and horror ensued. That student had brought a parent’s gun to school and was carrying it in his backpack. When the bag fell to the floor, the impact caused the gun to fire, sending a bullet straight into another student’s abdomen, said Dr. Thomas Weiser, a trauma surgeon at Stanford University Medical Center. Weiser treated that third-grader’s gunshot wound while completing a fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Washington in 2011.
NBC News — 6 experts resign from president’s HIV/AIDS advisory panel in protest
Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned in protest of the Trump administration, which they allege “has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic.” Scott Schoettes, counsel and HIV project director at Lambda Legal, explained in a Newsweek op-ed Friday that he and five colleagues decided to leave their posts on the council for a number of reasons. But their largest expressed gripe was that the Trump administration has not sought input from the council when formulating HIV policy.
Chicago Tribune — Dangerous unproven treatments for ‘chronic Lyme disease’ are on the rise
An increasing number of Americans with medically ambiguous symptoms are being misdiagnosed with “chronic Lyme disease” and prescribed dangerous and often expensive treatments that do not work, according to a new report. In some instances, patients have died after receiving intensive, long-term and inappropriate courses of intravenous antibiotics that led to septic shock. In other cases, misdiagnosis caused dangerous delays in treatment of a patient’s actual underlying condition. These incorrect diagnoses have existed for years. But public health officials and clinicians say they are alarmed because of the increasing severity and scope of some treatments in recent years, said Christina Nelson, a medical epidemiologist and author of a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Newsweek — Heroin addiction costs US more than $50 billion per year
The heroin problem in the United States continues to worsen, with the number of reported users doubling from 2000 to 2013, and climbing since. Heroin overdose deaths have more than tripled in the last 15 years. But how much does the heroin epidemic cost the United States? A lot. Researchers seeking to put a number on it have come up with a new figure: more than $51 billion. That’s a vast sum, equivalent to the gross domestic product of countries like Lebanon and Croatia. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago calculated the cost of heroin use to society in a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. To come up with a figure, they looked at all the ways that the drug impacts the estimated 1 million active users nationwide and those with whom they interact and effect.