Today’s Headlines: Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs Double, Genetic Links in Psychiatric Disorders and More

CDC Warns About Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that unusual forms of antibiotic resistant strains of enterobacteriaceae (CRE) have nearly doubled in the US. “This increase highlights the need for US health care providers to act aggressively to prevent the emergence and spread of these unusual CRE organisms,” the CDC said in a health advisory. (NBC News)

Five Mental Disorders Share Genetic Links: In the largest genetic study of mental illnesses to date, researchers were able to find similar genetic links among five psychiatric illnesses: Autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. “The Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, a collaboration of researchers in 19 countries, analyzed the genomes of more than 61,000 people, some with one of the five disorders and some without. They found four regions of the genetic code where variation was linked to all five disorders.” (AP)

Availability of Sugar May Impact a Country’s Diabetes Rate: A worldwide analysis on the “ebb and flow of sugar in a country’s diet” found that the availability of sugar is related to the rate of Type 2 diabetes. In fact, a 150-calorie daily increase in the availability of sugar is linked to a 1.1% increase in the rate of diabetes in that country. The researchers hope this would demonstrate that reducing the availability of sugar may positively impact the “global epidemic of diabetes.” (LA Times)