Health in the Headlines: October 10, 2017

These daily health updates are provided to you as a courtesy from IPHA member Dennis Brennan and affiliate IPHA member DuPage County Health Department.  We thank them for their contribution.




DuPage County Health Department in the News

Naperville Sun
Health Department Offers Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
The DuPage County Health Department is offering the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program so women can be examined for breast or cervical cancer, which have better treatment results if detected early. Last year, the health department saw 657 clients and provided 1,386 screenings, including breast exams, mammograms, and pelvic and pap exams through the program. Applications for the free screenings program are available at the county's Public Health Centers in Addison, Lombard, Westmont, West Chicago and Wheaton.



Local Health Departments in the News

Adams County Health Department
Health Department Adds Second Drive Through Flu Clinic
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a yearly flu vaccine is a person's best chance to reduce the chance of getting the seasonal flu and spreading it to others. The CDC recommends those at least 6 months of age be vaccinated annually.


Jackson County Health Department
The Southern
Jackson County Health Department Continues Education About Flu Shot
Karen Brown, director of nursing at the health department, said the flu kills thousands each year and should be taken seriously, regardless of a person's age or health — vaccines are a good idea for most who are older than 6 months old, she said.



Other Health News

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Americans in Rural Areas More Likely To Die By Suicide
Rural counties consistently had higher suicide rates than metropolitan counties from 2001-2015, according to data released today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. There were more than half a million suicides during the 2001–2015 study period.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
‘Less Precise’ Study Offers Another Take on FluMist Performance
A new study provides data showing the live attenuated inactive virus (LAIV) FluMist vaccine was effective in children during the 2015-16 flu season, seemingly contradicting work published 2 months ago that suggested the vaccine offered no protection to recipients in that age-group that year.

Chicago Tribune
Should YOU use protein powders?
These days, protein shakes and powders are used by diverse groups of people that couldn't be more different, at least physically: elite athletes, post-surgery patients, the elderly, time-deprived Type As and fast-growing teens.

Daily Southtown
South Suburban ‘combat doctors’ Form their Own Medical NGO To Help Refugees
That is why Kahler and two other south suburban physicians — all of whom have repeatedly journeyed into dangerous war zones — have now formed their own nongovernmental organization that affords them the flexibility they say they need to reach all of the groups in need of medical care.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Even ‘green’ homes contain hazardous chemicals
Thirty remodeled “green” public housing units in Boston were each found to have at least one toxic chemical — including concentrations of formaldehyde that exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s cancer-based screening level — in the air both before and after renovation, according to a new study by Silent Spring Institute and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers and colleagues. The findings could lead to tighter green building standards and healthier housing, especially for low-income communities.

Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet
Surprising everyday habit that is destroying your mental health
Nobody wants to be stressed. In fact, most of us go out of our way to do things that won’t send us into fits of anxiety. But you may be surprised to learn that many everyday habits and rituals that you take part in are stressing you out to the point that your overall health is affected. Here are the commonplace stressors (with one in particular) that are negatively impacting your mental health.

Health Day
Today’s middle age Americans in worse health than prior generations
"We found that younger cohorts are facing more burdensome health issues, even as they have to wait until an older age to retire, so they will have to do so in poorer health," said study author Robert Schoeni. He's an economist and demographer at the University of Michigan.

Kaiser Health News
Association Health Plans Poised for A Comeback
Not even 24 hours after the latest “repeal and replace” proposal ran out of steam, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ignited a new round of health policy speculation by predicting, during a cable news interview, impending Trump administration action on a longtime Republican go-to idea: association health plans.

Live Science
Why is it so hard to stop the spread of Hepatitis A?
More than 480 people in San Diego have become infected with hepatitis A over the last 10 months, in the largest outbreak of the illness in California in decades. But why is it so hard to stop?

Medical News Today
Leafy Greens May Contribute to A Healthy Heart
Kale, parsley, broccoli, and spinach: according to new research, these leafy green vegetables may hold even more health benefits than previously thought, as vitamin K - found in abundance in all four - may contribute to a healthy heart.

MSN Health
Do you have liver damage?
According to the American Liver Foundation, at least one in ten Americans have some form of liver disease, and many of those living with liver damage remain unaware of the risks to their health until damage reaches a critical point.

NBC News
How your brain changes after baby
The moment you have your little one in your arms, your life changes forever. As cliché as that sounds, it’s true. And not just because there’s now a tiny human to keep alive and who's essentially your new boss, but because your brain goes through some pretty crazy changes. This rewiring can explain the love that feels like it bubbles up from nowhere (and you thought you adored your dog before…) and why anxieties and irrational fears suddenly pop up.

Avoid the Flu by Avoiding Millennials, who Apparently go Everywhere While Sick
That’s right—that oft-blamed generation is now being criticized for spreading the flu. The research is no joke: A survey out this week from CityMD shows that young people are more likely than older people to go out in public while feeling sick.

New York Daily News
Breast Cancer Gene Discovery Opens Possibility of New Treatments
It's been 20 years since the BRCA1 gene was found to predispose women to breast cancer, and researchers at Yale have pinpointed what about the gene's mutation leads to cancer.

Readers Digest
Too many of your favorite fast food places got an “f” in this recent health rating
Fast food is born of convenience. It can be every too busy, kid-having parent’s best friend, every college student’s trusted late-night companion, every overworked middle manager’s last line of defense against starvation.  If you’re looking to eat well and lose weight, it’s not the best option (this is a better way to help you lose weight), but generally speaking one would assume that fast-food isn’t chock full of non-food ingredients, right? 

Reuters Health News
Many women with disabilities don’t get cancer screening
Women with physical and mental disabilities may be less likely to receive recommended screenings for breast or bowel cancers than other patients, a UK study suggests.

Time Health News
Three Nutrients You Should Add to Your Diet
Even if you watch what you eat (most of the time), generally healthy eaters can still miss out on critical vitamins and minerals that the body needs to stay in fine tune, says Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, author of Eat Clean, Stay Lean. Here, three nutrients that keep everything from your brain to your immune system humming—plus easy ways to make sure you get them, courtesy of Health’s contributing nutrition editor, registered dietitian Cynthia Sass.

US News and World Report
What high tech tools are available to fight depression ?
After performing major heart surgery to repair an aneurysm and a triple bypass in June 2016, doctors told David McGee’s wife that he "wasn’t worth 5 cents,” says the 65-year-old clockmaker and locksmith from Pittsburgh. He was not expected to survive. He did, but like many heart disease patients, he slipped into a deep depression. McGee wasn’t the type of person to reach out for mental health treatment. But thanks to new technology, his health care plan reached out to him. 

World Health Organization
Thailand’s physical activity drive is improving health by addressing NCDs
“My doctor advised me to start physical activity and change my diet, and after I started exercising I later found that my triglycerides and cholesterol level had decreased,” says Umpun, now 70 and a village health volunteer. “I enjoyed very much this physical activity and I felt much stronger and healthier so I continue with it.”


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