Politico – Trump’s new health chief backs CDC research on gun violence

HHS Secretary Alex Azar today opened the door to expanding federal gun violence research, waving off concerns about congressional restrictions on studying the issue.

The New York Times – The flu vaccine is working better than expected, CDC finds

The flu vaccine is more effective than expected, federal health officials said on Thursday at a special news conference held to discuss the dangerous flu season, which is expected to kill more than 50,000 Americans.

The Atlantic – Why can’t the US treat gun violence as a public-health problem?

The American Public Health Association and the American Medical Association have both taken to calling gun violence a public-health problem. In 2016, more than 100 medical organizations signed a letter to Congress asking to lift the Dickey Amendment.

The Washington Post – 3rd new case of Legionnaires at vets home where 13 died

A third new case of Legionnaires’ disease has been reported this week in a resident at a western Illinois veterans’ home where the illness has been linked to the deaths of 13 people since 2015 and sickened dozens more, state public health and veterans’ affairs officials said Thursday.

The New York Times – making pregnancy safer for women of color

African-American women in the United States are four times more likely than their white counterparts to die during pregnancy or childbirth. Their infants are also twice as likely to die in their first year as white infants, and two to three times more likely to be born premature.