Incurable infection raising major public health concern; NYC Mayor Bloomberg pressing for gun research;  plus, who shrunk the kid population? Those stories and more topping public health headlines today, Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

Politico – Mayors: Do gun research right
Major gun control groups and some Democrats want Congress to undo long-standing restrictions on federal funding of gun-related research, saying they have blotted out objective information on a public health priority.

NBC Nightly News – Hospitals struggle, overburdened with flu patients
Even though it’s still early in the flu season, hospitals around the country are stretching their resources to face an onslaught of patients sick with the flu. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

NewPublicHealth – Impact of Hurricane Sandy: NewPublicHealth Q&A with Irwin Redlener
Just several weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit the New York City area, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Irwin Redlener, MD, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, to co-chair the New York State Ready Commission. The role of the Commission is to determine ways to ensure that critical systems and services are in place to respond to future natural disasters and other emergencies.

US News and World Report – First Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Cases Detected in North America
The fears of major health organizations have come true: Gonorrhea that is immune to the last remaining effective oral antibiotic has been detected in at least nine North American patients, meaning the era of “incurable” gonorrhea could be close.

LiveScience – Drinking Diet Soda Linked to Depression
Calorie-free drinks are not necessarily risk free. A new study has found a link between drinking diet soda or diet fruit drinks and an increased risk of depression.  The study researchers analyzed information from more than 263,900 U.S. adults ages 50 to 71 who answered questions about their beverage consumption between the years 1995 and 1996. About 10 years later (from 2004 to 2006), the same people were asked if a doctor had diagnosed them with depression since the year 2000.

San Francisco Chronicle – California has fewer kids, more elderly
The number of children in California is on the decline, the number of elderly is on the rise and fewer people are moving to the state, according to a new report that argues the state will have to rely on fewer people to prop up its economy in the future. The report, released Tuesday, found that the number of children younger than 10 fell by more than 187,000, or 3.6 percent, from 2000 to 2010, and could drop 100,000 more by 2020.