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'Nightmare bacteria' and when grandma plays video games: In health news today

Older folks who play video games were found to have higher levels of well-being in a recent study.
Older folks who play video games were found to have higher levels of well-being in a recent study.
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In today's health news:

It's never good when the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention refers to "nightmare bacteria," but that's precisely what's happening, reports USA Today. Dr. Thomas Frieden, the CDC's director, was referring to a recent outbreak of untreatable "superbugs," which are resistant to virtually all antibiotics and kill half the people they infect. So far, it's only been found in hospitals and nursing homes, but containment is crucial, said officials – in part because it can spread its resistance to other bacteria.

The Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces are on the horizon, and a new report from the George Washington University says women tend to use more health care services over their lifetime – so state policymakers ought keep them in mind as they set those marketplaces up.

New moms are four times more likely to struggle with obsessive-compulsive tendencies than other people, says a new study – that means worrying too much about germs, or constantly worrying that the car seat is installed correctly. The Chicago Tribune says researchers didn't look too much into why, but one author said stress can trigger obsessive-compulsive disorder – and what's more stressful than childbirth and becoming a new parent?

Affordable health care may not be enough for Latino men to successfully combat their prostate cancer. A new study appearing in Qualitative Health Research says even without considering the financial hardship, Latino cancer patients still had to deal with poor care coordination among different doctors, a lack of knowledge about their own health and language barriers.

Can't sleep? That may be insomnia, and if it is, researchers think it's possible your risk of heart failure could be tripled. HealthDay says the reason why is still unclear, but their study showed that people who regularly had a bad night's sleep (or no sleep) saw their heart failure risk grow threefold – fourfold if depression and anxiety were factored in.

In other heart news, folks with HIV are 50 percent more likely to have a heart attack than people who aren't infected with the virus, reports Reuters. Researchers aren't exactly sure, but think it may be attributable to the HIV virus itself and the antiretroviral drugs that treat it.

A startling new study appearing in BMJ found that people who are mentally ill have a risk of being murdered that's five times higher than that of people without mental illness. That risk was highest among people with "substance use disorders," who faced about a ninefold risk of being killed. One explanation may be that people with mental disorders are statistically more likely to live in underserved neighborhoods, which tend to have higher homicide rates.

If you're having trouble keeping track of your blood pressure – and you're able to take your own blood pressure at home – the American Heart Association has a free website that can help you log and interpret your readings. It's called Heart360.

A major goal of the Affordable Care Act is to move the paper-based medical profession into the 21st century so they're using – you know, computers. Electronic health records (EHRs) have been slowly making their way into physicians' offices across the U.S., but a new report says there's trouble: Doctors' satisfaction with EHRs has fallen 12 percent since 2010, and users who are "very dissatisfied" have increased by 10 percent in the same time period. The research was presented at the 2013 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition.

Talk about morbid: Researchers say a new checklist can help people older than 50 predict whether they'll be alive in 10 years. HealthDay says the list is intended to help people and their health providers make better decisions about care, and includes questions about people's age, sex, weight, smoking habits and heart disease.

Cell phones shouldn't be able to work in a moving car, according to an editorial from two West Virginia University researchers. According to the Los Angeles Times, they say car and cell phone manufacturers have the technology to make that happen and should be required to use it – all with the hope that it'll decrease the estimated 333,000 injuries that drivers using cell phones cause every year.

And finally, it's the study that children and teens the world over wish applied to them: Nature World News says among a group of elderly study participants, levels of well-being appeared to be higher in those who played video games.