Common STD Growing Resistant to Drugs
The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea is becoming resistant to drugs and could soon become untreatable, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday. Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation, infertility, pregnancy complication, and even maternal death. Babies born to moms with the STD have a 50 percent chance of developing eye infections that could lead to blindness. The gonorrhea "superbug" was discovered last year in Japan, and has spread to more countries, including Australia, France, Norway, Sweden, and Britain. "Gonorrhoea is becoming a major public health challenge," Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, who works with the WHO's department of reproductive health and research, told Reuters. "We are very concerned about recent reports of treatment failure from the last effective treatment option - the class of cephalosporin antibiotics. If gonococcal infections become untreatable, the health implications are significant." The WHO is calling for further research into alternative treatments for the infection.
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Fro-Yo Is Tasty, But Is it Good for You?
It hardly seems possible that yet another funky frozen yogurt shop could open its doors. Especially when it's practically spitting distance from a fresh competitor drawing droves of devotees.
But the latest incarnation of the frozen yogurt trend seems to defy standard business logic. These shops, where the decor of bright, happy hues is matched only by the spray of toppings—kiwi! Fruity Pebbles! something random and chewy!— has whet consumers' appetites for indulgent fun. Especially when that fun is packaged in a way that promises to deliver a yummy, guiltless treat and, in some cases, health benefits like better immunity and digestion.
So, is the new yogurt healthy? Or are we all just lining up for candy like kids on Halloween? Well, that depends.
"I think there's a health halo around frozen yogurt," and that's helping to market the trend, says Darren Tristano, executive vice president of the food research and consulting firm Technomic. "I think there's some truth to it," he says, but warned that excessive portions and toppings derail the benefit. [Read more: Fro-Yo Is Tasty, But Is it Good for You?]
Best Children's Hospitals 2012-13: The Honor Roll
Not that many children get sick enough to see the inside of a hospital room for more than an overnight stay. But if it's your child who is one of the exceptions and, to raise the stakes even higher, if the illness or disorder calls for the utmost in medical skill, what do you do?
There's nothing hypothetical about the question for parents of a child with a defective heart, or an enzyme deficiency that prevents proper digestion. Out of all roughly 5,000 U.S. hospitals, only about 1 in 30 has rock-solid expertise in caring for children with serious problems. For youngsters who need that quality of care, the Best Children's Hospitals rankings showcase medical centers that see a steady stream of kids with cancer, cystic fibrosis, defective hearts, and countless other life-threatening or rare conditions beyond the capabilities of most hospitals, even those with sizable pediatric departments.
The 2012-13 Best Children's Hospitals features 80 different hospitals that ranked among the top 50 in at least one of 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Of the 80 ranked hospitals, 12 were named to the Honor Roll for high scores in three or more specialties. [Read more: Best Children's Hospitals 2012-13: The Honor Roll]
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Angela Haupt is a health reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.