New York Times – Birth control pills still linked to breast cancer, study finds

Women who rely on birth control pills or contraceptive devices that release hormones face a small but significant increase in the risk for breast cancer, according to a large study published on Wednesday.

Kaiser Health News – Surgeons try prescribing fewer opioids to lower addiction risk

Surgeons should give patients fewer pills after surgery. They should also talk to patients about the proper use of opioids and the associated risks. That seemingly small intervention could lead to significant changes in how opioids are prescribed and make inroads against the current epidemic, said the researchers. Their findings were published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Surgery.

Reuters – Consistently lower cancer survival rates for black patients in US

Whether it’s colon cancer, breast cancer, or ovarian cancer, survival rates in the U.S. are lower for black people than for white people, three new studies show. All three were published in the journal Cancer.

HealthDay – Alzheimer’s cases to double by 2060: report

As the baby boomer population ages, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease will double by 2060, researchers report. The study findings, which show cases of Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment going from 6 million this year to 15 million in four decades, highlight the need to better identify people with a brain-related disease, and to slow its progression.

Public Health Accreditation Board – Public health accreditation board celebrates ten years of public health department improvement

The Public Health Accreditation Board today celebrated 10 years of improving and protecting the health of communities by advancing the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments.