•  Catholic leaders criticize Speaker of the House John A. Boehner for his record on health care: “More than 75 professors at Catholic University and other prominent Catholic colleges have written a pointed letter to Mr. Boehner saying that the Republican-supported budget he shepherded through the House will hurt the poor, the elderly and the vulnerable, and that he therefore has failed to  uphold basic Catholic moral teachings”. (NY Times)
  • ‘Disease of Kings’ trickles down to the rest: “Long regarded as a “disease of kings” for its association with a diet rich in meats and alcohol, gout in modern times has become a decidedly more plebeian disorder.  More than 6 million adults in the United States have had it, and the numbers are rising steadily as the population ages, becomes heavier and is exposed to foods and other substances that can precipitate the disorder in susceptible people.  And while historically gout has been a male disease (three-quarters of cases occur in men), the incidence has been rising in older women, with as many as one in 20 over age 70 now afflicted”. (NY Times)
  • FDA approved first microinjection flu vaccine: “The FDA has approved the first influenza vaccine administered through a novel intradermal microinjection.  The Fluzone Intradermal vaccine in injected through an ultra-fine, 0.6 inch needle that is 90% shorter than most intramuscular flu vaccine needles, according to a statement from manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur.  The vaccine works by generating an immune response from dendritic cells in the skin, according to the statement”. (Cole Petrochko, MedPage Today)
  • Some advice about sunscreen from a dermatologist to prevent skin cancer: While most us blame the sunscreen when we get sunburned, the problem usually isn’t the sunscreen.  The problem is that the user is not reading the directions and applying the sunscreen properly.  Here are some tips:
  1. Get UV-A and UV-B Protection.  And look for a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide – these ingredients help block both UV-A and UV-B rays.
  2. Choose SPF 30 or higher.
  3. Apply sunscreen early, lavishly.  Your skin can take up to 30 minutes to absorb sunscreen.  Plan ahead.
  4. Reapply sunscreen every two hours.
  5. Do not rely on sunscreen alone: use lip balm; wear a hat and wrap-around sunglasses with UV protection.
  6. Seek shade from the sun between 10 am and 4 pm – that’s when the sun’s dangerous UV rays are strongest. (Susan Y. Chon, MD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center)


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