HealthDay – U.S. teens begin to slim down, study suggests adolescents are eating healthier, exercising more
American teens may be getting the message that carrying excess weight isn’t good for them.
New research shows that the number of obese teens leveled off and the rate of overweight teens dropped slightly between 2005-’06 and 2009-’10.
Teens reported eating more fruits and vegetables, eating breakfast on weekdays more often, and being more active. They also ate fewer sweets, drank fewer sweetened beverages and spent less time watching TV, according to the study.

Huffington Post – Brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria Fowleri, confirmed in Louisiana parish water supply
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that a dangerous brain-eating amoeba has been found in certain parts of the water system in the St. Bernard Parish of Louisiana, state health officials reported.
The death last week of a 4-year-old boy has been connected to the amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri. Infection from Naegleria fowleri is considered rare, but can cause an extremely dangerous brain infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis, which usually kills the person who has it in one to 12 days.

USA Today – USA TODAY/Pew poll: Health care law faces difficult future
Republican lawmakers have failed in dozens of attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll shows just how difficult they have made it for President Obama’s signature legislative achievement to succeed.
As the health care exchanges at the heart of the law open for enrollment in two weeks, the public’s views of it are as negative as they have ever been, and disapproval of the president’s handling of health care has hit a new high. Confusion and misinformation about the law haven’t significantly abated, especially among the law’s main targets.

North – Red Cross holding slew of events to help prepare North Jersey households for emergencies
Disasters can strike quickly and often without warning. During National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross North Jersey Region encourages all households to get ready for the next emergency or disaster.
“Having a game plan in place is essential for all households so everyone knows what they should do when an emergency occurs,” said Mathieu Nelessen, CEO for the American Red Cross’ North Jersey Region. “National Preparedness Month is a perfect time and the Red Cross is here to help families create or update their plan.”