Medpage Today – Infectious disease death rates mostly down across U.S.

Mortality rates from infectious diseases in the U.S. declined almost 19% in the last 35 years, although large differences were observed across counties, researchers found.

The Hill – Public health groups sue FDA

Public health groups are suing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for allowing candy flavored cigars, electronic cigarettes and other products to remain on the market for years without being reviewed and approved by the FDA.

CBC – Doctors hope new U.S. spending bill will end NRA’s ‘corrosive effect’ on gun research

The executive director of the American Public Health Association is welcoming a new amendment that grants the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.”

CNN – Parents of young children have reason to be watchful as flu season ends

Parents might want to continue their vigilance with regard to younger children, CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund suggested. “We know that illness associated with influenza B can be just as severe as illness associated with influenza A,” Nordlund said. “We also know that influenza B tends to be more severe for younger children.”

CNN – Health agency warns UK parents as scarlet fever cases soar

England’s health agency is warning parents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of scarlet fever as infections continue to soar nationwide. Between mid-September and the week ending March 18, more than 15,370 cases of the age-old killer were reported to Public Health England.