The Washington Post – White House unveils plan to fight antibiotic-resistant germs
The White House is announcing a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs.
It’s an effort to fight the fact that once-treatable germs can kill. Repeated exposure to antibiotics can lead germs to become resistant to the drugs, so that they are no longer effective.

HealthDay – Feeling anxiety? Smoggy air might make it worse
Air pollution may take a toll not only on physical health, but mental well-being as well, two new studies suggest.
In one, researchers confirmed a long-studied connection between air pollution and cardiovascular health — finding evidence that dirty air may help trigger strokes in vulnerable people.

The New York Times – House Approves Bill on Changes to Medicare
The House overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Medicare program on Thursday in the most significant bipartisan policy legislation to pass through that chamber since Republicans regained a majority in 2011.
The measure, which would establish a new formula for paying doctors, increase premiums for some Medicare beneficiaries and extend a popular health insurance program for children, has already been endorsed by President Obama and awaits a vote in the Senate.

NPR – Arsenic In California Wines: Should Drinkers Be Concerned?
There’s been a lot of buzz around the story that some inexpensive California wines, including a Charles Shaw (aka two-buck Chuck) white Zinfandel sold at Trader Joe’s, have been found to contain traces of arsenic.
The wines were tested by a commercial laboratory called BeverageGrades. And a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against a group of wine producers claims two other labs confirmed tests that found arsenic levels in some wines exceeded what is allowed in drinking water.