New York Times – Former surgeons general recount political pressure on the job

Serving from 1990 to 2006, the four retired officials discussed how they were muzzled for giving medical advice that was unpopular — though time proved them right.

USA Today – The flu: FDA approves fast-acting, single-dose oral medication after deadliest season in 40 years

Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, says more is better when it comes to options to fight flu.

Health Day – Dirty air tied to millions of asthma ER visits each year

Polluted air may trigger as many as 33 million asthma-related emergency room visits globally each year, a new study finds.

STAT – Vaccine shortage stalls San Diego’s effort to battle hepatitis A outbreak

San Diego County, battling a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A, is postponing an outreach campaign to provide the second of two inoculations against the contagious liver disease until a national shortage of the vaccine is resolved, the county’s chief public health officer said.

NPR – Rural Americans are ok with ‘outside’ help to beat opioid crisis and boost economy

When NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the T.H. Chan School of Public Health polled rural Americans this summer, 58 percent said they want outside help with community problems.