Health in the Headlines: October 11, 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.




Local Health Departments in the News

Champaign County Health Department
Rantoul Press
Health Department Serves Many Areas in Big County
To protect the quality of food and water, oversee effective sewer practices and maintain mosquito-abatement practices, the county health department has one director, six food establishment inspectors, one full-time food reviewer, two program coordinators and a West Nile Virus coordinator.

Will County Health Department
The Herald-News
Will County offers tips for safe eating
Beginning with the restaurant perspective, a key factor right now is the new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Code, scheduled for adoption at the start of 2018. At that time, the FDA’s new code will be adopted into the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code. And that means Will County Health Department food inspectors will have their eyes on even more requirements than in the past.



Other Health News

Boston Herald
The surprising link between marriage and heart health
People in marriages that steadily get sweeter have lower cholesterol and healthier weight than marriages that stay the same, according to a new 16-year study. But both were preferable to marriages that got worse: couples in them were more likely to develop high blood pressure later in life.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Plague outbreak in Madagascar Spikes to almost 400
Over the past 5 days, 230 new suspected plague cases were reported in Madagascar, with the disease spreading to seven more of the country's districts, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today in an update.

Chicago Sun-Times
Advances in technology enabling earlier breast cancer detection
Just three days before Breast Cancer Awareness month started on Oct. 1, Emmy Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus stamped her celebrity status on the disease, announcing that she has breast cancer.

CNN Health News
How fever in early pregnancy can cause birth defects
A new study published Tuesday in the journal Science Signaling reveals it's the fever itself that interferes with the development of a baby's heart and jaw during the first three to eight weeks of pregnancy.

Daily Herald
Instead of soda, legalize and tax marijuana says commissioner
Cook County commissioners leading the charge to repeal the much-maligned sweetened beverage tax are grappling with how to make up the money, with one suggesting legalizing and collecting fees from recreational marijuana instead.

Food Safety News
Colorado bans marijuana edibles that look like candy
Wolk, a pediatrician who heads the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), bucked the political establishment when he sought to ban edibles during marijuana’s recreational rollout in the Mile High state.

Fox Health News
Opioid crisis---Researchers use new method to track victims
The purpose of the project, Overdose Free PA, is to provide more detailed reporting in real-time that could help show where the problem areas are, Pringle said. Previously, each coroner's office had a unique way of recording data on overdose victims, but the project provides them with a template for a standardized option of data reporting. 

Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet
The horrifying ways debt is destroying your health
It’s no great shock that dealing with debt causes serious headaches. But there are so many other health problems stemming from debt that you probably don’t know about. From student loans to maxed out credit cards, there are countless ways to accumulate debt — and even more ways you can fall prey to these health issues. Here’s how debt is destroying your health.

Health Day
Medicare could do more to stem opioid epidemic
A previous study involving private insurers showed that certain practices can help curb use of addictive painkillers, the researchers said. Such measures include requiring prior authorization from insurers and setting quantity limits.

Live Science
Here’s how to talk to your kids about opioids
By now, most people are aware of the enormity of the opioid epidemic. In 2015, over 33,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose – more from opioid pain relievers than heroin.

Medical News Today
Targeting simple proteins may extend metabolic healthspan
A range of age-related metabolic diseases may be prevented by lowering the levels of certain proteins called "fatty acid-binding proteins."

National Institutes of Health
Durable end to HIV/Aids Pandemic Likely Will Require A Vaccine
Despite remarkable gains in the treatment and prevention of HIV infection, development of an effective HIV vaccine likely will be necessary to achieve a durable end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, according to a new commentary from Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.

NBC 5 Chicago
14 Desperate Days in the Opioid Outbreak
It began with an admission from an overdosing patient delivered in what Dr. Gregory Whatley would later recall as "the slightest of a whisper."   Whatley, a veteran emergency room doctor, had just started the 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m. shift at Navicent Health Medical Center in Macon, Georgia, on June 4 when a barely conscious young women arrived by ambulance.

Men can get breast cancer and should check their breasts for lumps
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which comes with some now-familiar trappings: pink ribbons everywhere, survivor stories, requests for donations. For the obvious reason that it is extremely rare, male breast cancer is not at the top of the discussion points. But the risk exists, and many men don't know they can develop the disease. Here is what men should know. 

New York Daily News
Breast Cancer kills black women at higher rate
The American Cancer Society said in a new report that as of 2015, white women have a 39% greater chance of surviving breast cancer than black women.

New York Post
How a generation of young athletes became addicted to heroin
On Aug. 2, Lee’s father and stepmother found him on the floor of their basement. He hadn’t responded when they called him for dinner, so they went searching for their son.

New York Times
Can the USA repair its health care while keeping its innovation edge?
The United States health care system has many problems, but it also promotes more innovation than its counterparts in other nations. That’s why discussions of remaking American health care often raise concerns about threats to innovation.

Readers Digest
The gross reason you should never pepper your food in restaurants
Chances are, you’ve already heard that the menu is the dirtiest item in a restaurant—harboring about 185,000 bacteria (which is 100 times more bacteria than what’s on a toilet seat). Surprisingly, the second dirtiest item in a restaurant isn’t in the bathroom. In fact, it’s right on your table.

Reuters Health News
Trump says he’ll sign healthcare order this week
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he likely will sign an order this week that is expected to allow Americans to buy stripped-down health insurance policies, a step some experts say would further undermine the Obamacare law that Trump opposes.

World Health Organization
WHO to establish high level commission on noncommunicable diseases
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced today the establishment of a new High-level global Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). The announcement came at the 64th Session of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean being held in Islamabad, 9-12 October.


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