Miami HeraldDrug czar: Treat addiction as public health issue
The nation’s drug czar explained Thursday that the most effective way to address widespread addiction problems is to approach chronic drug abuse as a brain disease and strive to provide treatment to addicts. National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske told about 700 people gathered for a conference on addressing prescription drug abuse that addiction should not be treated as “a moral failure.”

HHSSurgeon who discriminated against HIV positive patient loses federal funding
HHS Office of Civil Rights director Leon Rodriguez announced the termination of Medicaid funding to a California surgeon who intentionally discriminated against an HIV-positive patient by refusing to perform much needed back surgery.  An order, issued by the HHS Departmental Appeals Board, concluded that the surgeon violated Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits disability discrimination by health care providers who receive federal funds.

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationAwards $5 million to advance health and success of young men of color
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced grants of approximately $500,000 each to 10 organizations through Forward Promise, its $9.5 million initiative to improve the health and success of boys and young men of color. Grantees were selected for their innovative, community-based programs that strengthen health, education, and employment outcomes for middle school and high school-aged boys and young men.

FOX DCLife expectancies in DC area change dramatically between Metros
New information is out about how long we can expect to live – and a lot has to do with where you live. Recently, the Commission to Build a Healthier America put out new maps which breakdown the life expectancies in different major regions of the country. For the DC region, the group uses the Metro map to illustrate the differences. In Fairfax and Montgomery counties, a person will live on average 84 years. It’s nearly that in Arlington County – at 83 years. But just a few miles away in the District, life expectancy goes down to 77. It’s just about the same in Prince George’s County — at 78 year of age.

TIMENew genes ID in obesity: How much of weight is genetic?
Two studies zero in on DNA-based drivers of weight. Is obesity written in our genes?