Los Angeles Times – Deadly H5N1 bird flu needs just 5 mutations to spread easily in people
It’s a flu virus so deadly that scientists once halted research on the disease because governments feared it might be used by terrorists to stage a biological attack.
Yet despite the fact that the H5N1 avian influenza has killed 60% of the 650 humans known to be infected since it was identified in Hong Kong 17 years ago, the “bird flu” virus has yet to evolve a means of spreading easily among people.
Business Standard – Women who spend more time on Facebook have poorer body image
Spending a lot of time on Facebook could lead women to feel badly about their bodies, according to a new study.
Young women were more likely to compare their own body with that of their friends if they spent more time on social media, and Facebook in particular.
Reuters – Health secretary resigns after Obamacare launch woes
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after overseeing the botched rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, a White House official said on Thursday.
Her departure removes one lightning rod for critics as Obama and nervous Democrats try to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November midterm elections, but Republicans continue to see problems with the Affordable Care Act as a winning issue.
Houston Chronicle – Dieters move past calories, food makers follow
Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling.
The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. That is chipping away at the popularity of products like Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine and Special K, which became weight-watching staples primarily by stripping calories from people’s favorite foods.
Thank you for being a part of National Public Health Week! Today’s daily theme is “Be the healthiest nation in one generation.” Consider what decisions can we make today that can make health changes for the better for our nation? And as the week comes to a close, let’s put those ideas in action.