Health Highlights: Feb. 27, 2017
WHO Lists 12 Most Dangerous 'Superbugs' Trader Joe's Apple Sauce Recalled Single Payer Health System Being Suggested in California Straight Women Least Likely to Have Orgasm: Study
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
WHO Lists 12 Most Dangerous 'Superbugs'
A list of 12 drug-resistant bacteria that pose the greatest threat to people was released Monday by the World Health Organization.
The U.N health agency said doctors are running out of treatment options for these bacteria and the list is meant to encourage the development of new medicines to fight them, the Associated Press reported.
If left to market forces alone, "the new antibiotics we most urgently need are not going to be developed in time," WHO's Marie-Paule Kieny said.
She estimated it would take up to a decade for new medications, the AP reported.
New drugs are most urgently needed for bacteria that pose threats in hospitals and nursing homes and to patients who need ventilators or catheters, WHO said. The dozen bacteria on the list most often strike people with weakened immune systems.
Each year in the U.S., at least 23,000 people die from infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Trader Joe's Apple Sauce Recalled
The potential presence of glass pieces has led to the recall of certain types of Trader Joe's Unsweetened Apple Sauces.
The recall includes: First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce, barcode 00015905; Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce, barcode 00194877; and All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce, barcode 00014359.
The recalled products have been removed from store shelves, according to the company.
Consumers with the recalled products should throw them away or return them to any Trader Joe's for a full refund. For more information, call the company at (626) 599-3817.
Single Payer Health System Being Suggested in California
A single-payer health system is one option being suggested in California if the Trump administration repeals the Affordable Care Act.
Supporters say the threat to the Affordable Care Act is an opportunity to rethink healthcare delivery to the state's 39 million residents, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Last week, State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a bill that would make California the first state to adopt a single-payer system that operates like Medicare.
Under the plan, residents would pay into a state agency that acts like an insurance company, and pays doctors and hospitals when people receive treatment, the Times reported.
"More than ever we know that universal healthcare is popular in the minds of Californians," Lara told the newspaper.
Along with a single-payer system, other suggestions include a public option, a state-run health plan to sell on the state's insurance exchange, and copying how Massachusetts provided universal healthcare.
"Just as (healthcare) was a lightning rod and a rallying cry for opponents of the law for the past seven years, now it's becoming a rallying cry for the supporters," Dr. Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, told the Times.
Straight Women Least Likely to Have Orgasm: Study
Straight women are less likely to have an orgasm than any other group of people, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed data from 52,600 people in the United States in order to determine the proportion of people who usually have an orgasm, BBC News reported.
The rates were: 95 percent for heterosexual men, 89 percent for gay men, 88 percent for bisexual men, 86 percent for lesbian women, 66 percent for bisexual women, and 65 percent for heterosexual women.
The study was published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour.
The researchers are from Indiana University, Chapman University and Claremont Graduate University, the BBC reported.