STAT — What’s in the White House’s opioid emergency declaration — and what’s not
President Trump will instruct the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, the administration said Thursday. It is a major step in combating the drug epidemic and a major follow-through on a longstanding presidential promise. But White House officials were quick to caution that the administration’s response won’t end with the declaration, with a number of new rules and actions expected to be issued in the coming weeks.

The Washington Post — Rise in mumps outbreaks prompts U.S. panel to endorse 3rd vaccine dose
A federal expert panel on Wednesday recommended a third dose of the mumps vaccine when an outbreak occurs. The move was in response to the rise in mumps outbreaks since 2006, especially among highly vaccinated college students. More than 6,000 cases of the contagious viral illness were reported last year in the United States, the most in a decade.

The Washington Post — Gottlieb calls for greater use of medication-assisted treatment to fight opioid epidemic
Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, called Wednesday for the expanded use of medication-assisted treatments for opioid addiction, saying they could reduce overdoses and deaths. During a House hearing on the federal response to the opioid epidemic, Gottlieb said the agency will issue new guidance to manufacturers to promote the development of novel therapies, including ones that treat a wider range of symptoms. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines drugs and counseling to combat addiction.

The Hill — This administration has contempt for public health
The Trump White House is calling for the nation’s premier public health agency to shortchange the main risks to our health, and, in so doing, to drive up the health care costs it professes to be concerned about. Not to mention, these health care costs are already making it difficult for government at the federal, state and local levels to address other needs such as education, worker training, roads, bridges, clean water and clean air.

NPR — Scientists Work To Overcome Legacy Of Tuskegee Study, Henrietta Lacks
A new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that about a third of African-Americans say they have experienced discrimination at a doctor’s office or health clinic. The poll also found that 1 in 5 African-Americans avoids medical care because of concern about discrimination.