The HillCDC director warns of ‘post-antibiotic era’
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that the government needs to take immediate action before we live in a world where life-saving antibiotics are no longer effective. “Every day we delay it becomes harder and more expensive to fix this problem,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden Tuesday. Frieden says the healthcare system needs to improve how it detects patients with drug-resistant infections, controls the spread of such infections, prevents them from happening in the first place and incentivizes drugmakers to develop new antibiotics. “We talk about the pre-antibiotic era and the antibiotic era; if we’re not careful we will soon be in the post-antibiotic era,” he said. “And, in fact, for some patients and some pathogens we’re already there.” The CDC is launching a new system this week that lets hospitals track all the antibiotics dispensed and look at real-time patterns of antibiotic resistance, so doctors can narrow down which antibiotics are most likely to work.

New York TimesAn Ominous Health Care Ruling
Millions of low- and moderate-income people who signed up for health insurance with the help of federal tax-credit subsidies could find themselves without coverage or facing big premium bills if a destructive decision handed down by a federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday is not reversed. It would be a crippling blow to the ability of the Affordable Care Act to reduce the ranks of the uninsured with grievous consequences for vulnerable customers. For now, consumers are expected to retain their coverage and tax credits while this and similar suits in other jurisdictions wend their way through the court system. Just hours after the ruling in Washington, a federal appeals court panel in Richmond, Va., ruled the opposite way, finding that Congress intended to make the tax credits available nationwide.

PostCrescent.comHealth organizations recommend fluoridation of water
Appleton, Chilton, Combined Locks, Grand Chute, Greenville, Hortonville, Menasha, Neenah, New London, Sherwood, Town of Menasha and Waupaca all add fluoride to their water to improve dental health. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said the optimal level of fluoridation for oral health benefits is 0.7 parts per million (ppm), and each of the above communities regulates its fluoride feed to that level. Fluoridation, the agency says, is safe at the optimal level and the least expensive and most effective way to reduce tooth decay. Kent Taylor, Neenah’s water utility director, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Surgeon General, American Dental Association, American Medical Association, American Public Health Association and Harvard Medical School all support the fluoridation of water. Neenah has fluoridated its water since 1950.

Independent RecordBetter constraints on pollution necessary for public’s welfare
When the Environmental Protection Agency announced the carbon pollution rules for coal-fired power plants last month, they mentioned asthma and how asthmatic children who live near power plants are impacted every day by pollutants. They said what we in public health already know— we will all suffer more if carbon pollution continues to warm temperatures and worsen air pollution. The EPA’s carbon pollution rules are needed to prevent the worsening effects of climate change. Leading public health organizations, such as the American Medical Association, American Lung Association and the American Public Health Association support action to address climate change as one of the most serious threats to human health.