Though more employers are encouraged to offer health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, bad employee health habits, like poor diet and smoking, are causing health care costs to skyrocket. To combat this expensive trend, many employers are using cash to encourage better health.
The Gates Foundation has granted engineers more than $3 million to develop cheap, high-tech toilets that don't need water or electricity. To test these supercommodes, the foundation has purchased 50 pounds of soybean paste that resembles human waste.
Melissa Block talks to Arjun Srinivasan about gonorrhea and other diseases that are resistant to drugs, and what can be done to contain their spread. Srinivasan is a medical officer in the division of healthcare quality promotion of the Centers for Disease Control.
Most of the antibiotics that once worked against gonorrhea have stopped working. Now federal health officials say doctors should stop using one of the two remaining drugs. "The big worry is that we potentially could have untreatable gonorrhea in the United States," one expert says.
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