STAT – A severe flu season is stretching hospitals thin. That is a very bad omen

A tsunami of sick people has swamped hospitals in many parts of the country in recent weeks as a severe flu season has taken hold. But if something as foreseeable as a flu season — albeit one that is pretty severe — is stretching health care to its limits, what does that tell us about the ability of hospitals to handle the next flu pandemic?

Los Angeles Times – Number of Americans without health insurance grows in Trump’s first year, new figures show

The number of Americans without health coverage, which declined for years after passage of the Affordable Care Act, shot up in President Trump’s first year in office, according to data from a new national survey.

ABC News – Measles alert issued for Chicago O’Hare air travelers

A measles alert was issued Monday, four days after an air passenger who was diagnosed with the highly contagious virus passed through two terminals at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Scientific American – We need a universal flu vaccine before the next pandemic strikes

Over the past century we have made substantial advances in all these areas. But we are still unprepared for the inevitable appearance of a virus like the one that struck a century ago.

NPR – Mapping how the opioid epidemic sparked an HIV outbreak

When people started to show up to Dr. William Cooke’s primary care office in Austin, Ind., in 2014 with HIV, Cooke knew it was probably related to the region’s opioid epidemic. But what he and the rest of the public health community didn’t know was who they were missing or how long the HIV outbreak had been going on.