News watch – March 2011

Resistance to antibiotics – The spread of superbugs (The Economist – 31 March) – What can be done about the rising risk of antibiotic resistance?

Doctors have come to recognize pain as not merely a symptom but a disease in itself (Time – 4 March 2011) – Research indicates that a brain in chronic pain looks and acts differently from a normal brain and that change may be permanent

Rising Status of Women Linked to More Smoking (Reuters – 1 March 2011) – Women in developing countries risk disease and early death as rising economic and political status leads them to smoke more

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