The Nation’s Health – Why ending police violence is a public health issue: A Q&A with APHA’s Georges Benjamin

In 2017, police shot and killed almost 1,000 people in the U.S., according to a tracking project from The Washington Post. Julia Haskins, reporter for The Nation’s Health newspaper, interviews Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA, about the problem of police violence in the U.S., and how it affects the health of the public.

Kaiser Health News – Drug overdose deaths soar nationally but plateau in some western states

The opioid crisis on the East Coast and in the Midwest has fueled a national surge in drug deaths, even as fatal overdoses have decreased or remained stable in parts of the West, new federal data show.

STAT – ‘The problem child of seasonal flu’: Beware this winter’s virus

People in public health hate H3N2 flu seasons, like the one gripping most of North America right now. So do folks who work in hospitals and in the care facilities that look after the elderly.

Newsweek – Trump’s immigration crackdown creating a public health crisis among children, analysts say

President Donald Trump’s threats of mass deportations of migrants and refugees and his generally aggressive stance on immigration have been characterized by opponents as cruel and inhumane. Some policy analysts and physicians go even further, saying they have created a public health crisis for potentially millions of children in the United States.

The Washington Post – Nationwide, police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in 2017

For the third year in a row, police nationwide shot and killed nearly 1,000 people, a grim annual tally that has persisted despite widespread public scrutiny of officers’ use of fatal force.