Health in the Headlines: October 12, 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

Jackson County Health Department
Jackson County Health Department Offering Flu Shots
The Jackson County Health Department is offering flu shots along with screenings for colon cancer.   According to the Health Department, the flu shots are recommended for those over 6-months of age.  The shots for all ages on a walk-in basis. 

Whiteside County Health Department
Flu Season is Here---Get your flu shot at Whiteside County Health Department
Whiteside County Health Department, in Rock Falls, Illinois, has over 50 years of experience providing flu vaccine for the residents of Whiteside County. “We’re ready with flu shots here at the Health Department,” said Melissa Spangler, Health Department Support Manager. “People can walk in any day, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for their shot.”



Other Health News

ABC News
What to eat, and what not to eat, for a good night’s sleep

How well you sleep can have a significant impact on your overall health, and not getting enough sleep has even been linked to overeating, according to ABC News' senior medical contributor, Dr. Jennifer Ashton.

ABC 7 Eyewitness News
Elk Grove Village Considers Plan to Stop All Tobacco Sales

Tobacco sales could soon go up in smoke in northwest suburban Elk Grove Village. The plan under consideration by the Village Board of Trustees to ban those sales is stirring up a lot of discussion.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Camel Contact, including raw milk, Found In Recent MERS Cases

Also today, the WHO released new details on nine cases of MERS-CoV reported in Saudi Arabia between Aug 31 and Sep 26. Five of the patients had camel contact. Four of the patients died, and another four deaths were reported in previously recorded cases. The five patients with camel contact all reported drinking raw camel's milk.

Chicago Sun-Times
Overloaded backpacks can do serious harm to kids
“We see that a lot,” said Raymond Howard, regional director of rehab services for two RWJ Barnabas Health facilities in New Jersey. Each fall he sees a dozen or more students with shoulder, back and neck pain, and sometimes headaches, caused by overloaded or improperly used backpacks.

Chicago Tribune
As America Fights Childhood Obesity, More Kids Around The World Are Underweight
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.

CNN Health News
Ten times more children and teens obese today than 40 years ago
The number of obese children and adolescents rose to 124 million in 2016 -- more than 10 times higher than the 11 million classified as obese 40 years ago, in 1975.

Food Safety News
Living in the State of Denial? Raw milk producers refuse to believe positive salmonella tests
Dairy owners Allen Voortman, Cheryl Voortman, Ricky Umipig and Cindy Umipig are challenging the state’s laboratory results. Earlier this year when the state found E. coli in their raw, bottled milk, the dairy owners said they are and have been the target of a cooperative effort between state officials and so-called big dairy.

Health Affairs Blog
A case study of care management in Louisiana
Innovations in health care delivery do not simply spread across the system on their own. They require significant investments in time, resources, and strategic thinking to push forward. Aledade is a health care company that works with independent primary care practices to form and operate accountable care organizations (ACOs). Currently, we work with 287 primary care practices across 17 states that care for more than a million patients. As our network continues to grow, we are constantly searching for the most innovative and effective ways to scale initiatives across large numbers of practices.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Targeting ‘lipid chaperones’ may hold promise for lifelong preservation of metabolic health
Researchers have found that, in a mouse model, it may be possible to achieve lifelong metabolic health. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health scientists found that mice that lack fatty acid-binding proteins (FABPs) exhibit substantial protection against obesity, inflammation, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and fatty liver disease as they age compared with mice that have FABPs. However, this remarkable extension of metabolic health was not found to lengthen lifespan.

Health Day
More hardcore smokers try to kick the habit
"Even though they smoke more than the general population, smokers with high psychological distress have been smoking less and trying to quit more, as the overall level of smoking has decreased," said study author Margarete Kulik. She's a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

Kaiser Health News
Long term disability gets little attention but can pay off big time
Overall, 41 percent of employers offer long-term disability insurance, according to LIMRA, though the proportion of larger employers who offer it is generally much higher. Compared with health insurance, premiums cost a pittance — $256 annually in 2016 on average for group plans, LIMRA says. Many employers pick up the whole tab or charge workers a small amount.

Medical News Today
Food addiction. What to know
Food addiction is closely associated with eating disorders, including obesity, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. One theory suggests that individuals can develop a chemical dependency to particular foods in the same way that people develop addictions to alcohol or cigarettes.

National Institutes of Health
NIH completes atlas of human DNA differences that influence gene expression
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have completed a detailed atlas documenting the stretches of human DNA that influence gene expression – a key way in which a person’s genome gives rise to an observable trait, like hair color or disease risk. This atlas is a critical resource for the scientific community interested in how individual genomic variation leads to biological differences, like healthy and diseased states, across human tissues and cell types.

NBC News
Anti-vax message gets meaner on social media
Anti-vaccine activists are attacking pediatricians head to head on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, and they’re not hesitating to make their attacks personal.

Gender Brain Differences May Explain Why Women are Kinder than Men
Brain differences between the genders do exist, and they play a role in how kind or generous we may or may not be, a new study says. According to the research from the University of Zurich, such differences may cause female brains to be more inclined to prosocial helpful behavior, but make male brains more inclined to selfish behavior. These inclinations aren't innate, but rather appear to be learned as boys and girls begin to settle into their assigned gender roles.

New York Daily News
Which is safer? Marijuana or Alcohol
Marijuana is often touted as the most misunderstood miracle drug out there — but is it really? While marijuana is often used to treat a variety of diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis, some studies have linked marijuana to an increased risk of developing certain cancers, especially lung cancer.

New York Post
Can you really lose weight eating gobs of butter on the Keto Diet?
Though ketogenic eating has been around in some form since the 1920s, when it was found to curb symptoms of epilepsy in kids, the diet’s Burning Man presence is just the latest sign of its trending status. Celebs such as Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow and LeBron James are reportedly fans. A Reddit community devoted to ketogenic eating recently soared to over 400,000 users. Prepackaged foods such as snack bars and “keto pizzas” are now hitting supermarkets en masse.

Readers Digest
What is the best time of day to drink coffee?
If you’re anything like the rest of us, you probably make a beeline for the coffee machine as soon as you wake up in the morning. In fact, over 85 percent of Americans consume caffeine regularly—and coffee is the preferred medium. (Here’s what happens to your body when you drink coffee every day.) As for the optimal time to drink your daily cup of Joe? There’s a “sweet spot” that could maximize your caffeine kick, and surprisingly enough, it’s not first thing in the morning.

Reuters Health News
Italy culls birds after five Avian Flu Outbreaks
Italy has had five outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu in farms the central and northern parts of the country since the start of the month and about 880,000 chickens, ducks and turkeys will be culled, officials said on Wednesday.

STAT Health News
Puerto Rico Investigates Post Hurricane Disease Outbreak
Four deaths in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath are being investigated as possible cases of a disease spread by animals’ urine, Puerto Rico’s governor said Wednesday amid concerns about islanders’ exposure to contaminated water.


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