CNBC – David Shulkin, fired by Trump, warns that privatizing the Veterans Affairs Department will hurt veterans

“Privatization leading to the dismantling of the department’s extensive health care system is a terrible idea,” Shulkin wrote. “The department’s understanding of service-related health problems, its groundbreaking research and its special ability to work with military veterans cannot be easily replicated in the private sector.”

STAT – House lawmakers hope to bring opioid legislation to vote before Memorial Day

A key House committee will hold the last of three major hearings to address the opioid crisis on April 11, and hopes to bring a legislative package to the floor before the House breaks for Memorial Day on May 24, according to GOP aides on Capitol Hill.

The Washington Post – EPA staffers get talking points playing down human role in climate change

Environmental Protection Agency staffers received a list of “talking points” this week instructing them to underscore the uncertainties about how human activity contributes to climate change.

Kaiser Health News – How many opioid overdoses are suicides?

Massachusetts began formally recognizing in May 2017 that some opioid overdose deaths are suicides. The state confirmed only about 2 percent of all overdose deaths as suicides, but Dr. Monica Bharel, head of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, said it’s difficult to determine a person’s true intent.

CNN – Sudden infant death syndrome may have genetic basis, study suggests

Sudden infant death syndrome — long regarded as an unexplained phenomenon affecting apparently healthy children under 1 — may have a genetic basis in some cases, a new study suggests.