Public Health in the News – September 21, 2014



  • Sugar has long been known to raise blood sugar levels, thereby contributing to glucose intolerance and obesity. So why hasn’t the introduction of artificial sweeteners done more to lower the upward trend in obesity prevalence? A new study suggests that artificial sweeteners may also raise blood sugar by altering the content of the gut bacteria.
  • NPR’s Science Friday interviews Dr. Paul Ruggieri, who has just written a book about how money influences healthcare.
  • A new device has been developed that can help patients fight infections. The so-called “artificial spleen” can remove bacteria, viruses, and bacterial toxins from blood.
  • Caitlin Doughty, a mortician, has just published a book talking about her profession and advocates for a more open, accepting attitude towards death.
  • Few treatment options are available for people with a progressive form of multiple sclerosis, but a new global initiative is offering research money for scientists who are focusing on this more serious form of the disease.
  • A new projection of population growth estimates that the world will have over 12 billion people by 2100 – more than has been predicted by previous studies. Wired explains where the estimate came from and analyzes what this may mean for the sustainability of our planet.
  • President Obama signed an executive order this week that aims to develop a new plan for fighting the increasing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.


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