Superbugs, Take Control of Medical Decisions, Relief from Eczema,  Melanoma Survivors, Lyme Disease, New Proposed Health Bill, Make Water Taste Better

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March 15, 2017 

Volume 4, Number 4

In This Issue

Deadly, Drug Resistant ‘Superbugs’

Take More Control Over Your Medical Decisions 

Relief From Eczema

Melanoma Survivors Getting Too Much Sun

Tips to Minimize Lyme Disease

New Proposed Health Bill

7 Ways to Make Water Taste Better

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The New York Times: Deadly, Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Pose Huge Threat, W.H.O. Says The World Health Organization warned on Monday that a dozen antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” pose an enormous threat to human health, and urged hospital infection-control experts and pharmaceutical researchers to focus on fighting the most dangerous pathogens first. The rate at which new strains of drug-resistant bacteria have emerged in recent years, prompted by overuse of antibiotics in humans and livestock, terrifies public health experts. Many consider the new strains just as dangerous as emerging viruses like Zika or Ebola. (McNeil, 2/27)

Source: The New York Times

The Wall Street Journal: How To Get Patients To Take More Control Of Their Medical Decisions For years, patients have been hearing the same message from the health-care industry: Get involved. They’re told they need to do more to monitor their chronic conditions. They are directed to be more active in deciding what treatments to have, or whether to treat a condition at all. That has proved easier said than done. (Landro, 2/27)

Source: The Wall Street Journal

NPR: Relief From Itchy Eczema May Come In The Form Of A Shot People with moderate to severe eczema may benefit from new treatments that significantly reduce the intense itching that comes with the scaly skin disease. A study published Wednesday finds that the antibody nemolizumab, given as a monthly injection, not only reduces itching significantly but also clears up many of the patches of dry, inflamed skin that are part of the disease. It appears in the New England Journal of Medicine. (3/1)

Source: NPR

NPR: Some Melanoma Survivors Are Still Getting Too Much Sun People who have survived melanoma were more likely to protect themselves from sun exposure than those who hadn't experienced the disease, but a significant portion of them still reported getting a sunburn in the past year, among other behaviors that might increase the risk of a new cancer. The study, which appears Thursday in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, included 724 cancer survivors who had been diagnosed with melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer, between July 2004 and December 2007. (Hobson, 3/2)

Source: NPR

NPR: Don't Panic If You Get Bit By A Tick. Here Are 5 Tips To Minimize Lyme This spring and summer may be a doozy for Lyme disease, at least in parts of the Northeast. "We're anticipating 2017 to be a particularly risky year for Lyme," says Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. Ostfeld has been studying the debilitating tick-borne disease for more than 20 years, and has developed an early warning system based on mice. (Doucleff, 3/6)

Source: NPR

The New York Times: Health Bill Would Add 24 Million Uninsured But Save $337 Billion, Report Says The House Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of people without health insurance by 24 million by 2026, while slicing $337 billion off federal budget deficits over that time, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday. (Kaplan and Pear, 3/13)

Source: The New York Times

7 Ways to Make Water Taste Better Not everybody has a taste for water, but we all need it to ensure that our bodies continue functioning properly. If you want to drink more water, but aren't crazy about the taste (or lack thereof), here are some tips that can make it more enjoyable (Laskey)

Source: EveryDay Health


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