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Our look at vitamins and minerals continues today with a look at magnesium, selenium and zinc. Magnesium is a mineral needed by every cell of the human body. About half of the body's magnesium stores are found inside cells of body tissues and organs, and half are combined with calcium and phosphorus in bone. Only 1 percent of the magnesium in the body is found in blood and the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant.

For more information: A Two Issue Look At Vitamins And Minerals Continued - Facts About Dietary Supplements: Magnesium

Selenium is an essential trace mineral in the human body. This nutrient is an important part of antioxidant enzymes that protect cells against the effects of free radicals that are produced during normal oxygen metabolism. The body has developed defenses such as antioxidants to control levels of free radicals because they can damage cells and contribute to the development of some chronic diseases. Selenium is also essential for normal functioning of the immune system and thyroid gland.

For more information: Facts About Dietary Supplements: Selenium

Zinc has been known for more than 50 years to be an essential mineral. It is found in almost every cell in the body and is contained within more than 200 enzymes, substances needed for biochemical reactions. Zinc is important for a healthy immune system, for healing cuts and wounds, and for maintaining your sense of taste and smell. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence.

For more information: Facts About Dietary Supplements: Zinc

The US Department of Health and Human Services today unveiled an action plan, developed by an interdepartmental task force, that provides the United States with a comprehensive approach to combat antimicrobial resistance. The plan designates priorities, identifies responsible agencies and creates timelines.

For more information: US HHS Releases Action Plan To Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

Read the action plan released by the US Department of Health and Human Services today. This Action Plan reflects a broad-based consensus of federal agencies on actions needed to address antimicrobial a resistance (AR). The plan will be implemented incrementally, dependent on the availability of resources. The Action Plan provides a blueprint for specific, coordinated federal actions to address the emerging threat of antimicrobial resistance. Part I (Domestic Issues), includes four focus areas: Surveillance, Prevention and Control, Research, and Product Development. A summary of the top priority goals and action items in each focus area follows.

For more information: A Public Health Action Plan To Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

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