The Rise of the Superbugs (Abstract Science, Nov. 10 - 16)
Mary Parker

The Rise of the Superbugs (Abstract Science, Nov. 10 - 16)

CDC report finds 3 million people infected annually with superbugs, Also, how astronaut exercises might benefit cancer patients, and climate reports reveal dire forecasts.

Astronaut exercise programs may help cancer patients, researchers say

(Ashley Strickland, CNN, 11/14/19)

Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and NASA have written a commentary suggesting that cancer patients undergoing treatment and astronauts in space experience similar types of physical stress. They conclude that the exercise routines used by astronauts could therefore be beneficial to patients. Similar symptoms in both populations include loss of muscle mass, bone demineralization, and trouble concentrating.

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: 2019 report

(The Lancet, 11/14/19)

The 2019 report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change shows that climate change is already damaging the health of the world’s children and is set to shape the wellbeing of an entire generation unless the world meets Paris Agreement targets to limit warming to well below 2˚C.

New CDC Report on Superbugs Is Full of Bad News

(Ed Cara, Gizmodo, 11/14/19)

According to the latest report from the CDC, superbugs that pose a direct risk to people are on the rise. They also report that 3 million people get infected annually, up from 2 million in the last report. A similar report from Canada reported similar results.

—Stories compiled by Senior Scientific Writer Mary Parker