Health in the Headlines: July 9, 2018

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.


Whiteside County Health Department


Nursing Home Under Investigation

“The state and us suggested testing to be done on residents to make sure we could find out the causative agents…”


McHenry County Health Department

Daily Herald

McHenry to Consolidate Locations

The McHenry County Department of Health's Women Infants and Children and Family Case Management programs will consolidate locations and hours of operation to better serve the needs of the community with available health department resources..



Other Health News

ABC News

Unsealed Lawsuit: Opioid firm placed profits over peeps

A newly unsealed lawsuit by Tennessee's attorney general says the maker of the world's top-selling painkiller directed its salesforce to target the highest prescribers, many with limited or no pain management background or training.

ABC 7 News

These Veggies Aren’t Good For You

Seven people were hospitalized but no deaths have been reported. Those who were sickened bought the vegetables in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Two cases were from vegetables bought in another state but consumed in Michigan. Recalls were issued in June for those four states as well as Illinois and Indiana.

CBS News

Woman lost her toenails after fish pedicure

In a paper published in JAMA Dermatology, the woman's dermatologist Dr. Shari Lipner notes that fish pedicures peaked in popularity about 10 years ago and are still a trend today. "Their attractiveness was likely due to unfounded claims that the treatment would leave feet smoother and smelling fresher, increase circulation, eliminate fungus and bacteria, and treat psoriasis and eczema," she writes.

Chicago Tribune

Hey Mr. Couch Potato; Sitting tied to increased risk of death from 14 diseases

Get up off of the couch: Sitting too much may kill you even if you exercise regularly. If you sit for six hours a day or more, your risk of dying early jumps 19 percent, compared with people who sit fewer than three hours, an American Cancer Society study suggests. And, the study authors added, sitting may kill you in 14 ways, including: cancer; heart disease; stroke; diabetes; kidney disease; suicide; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); lung disease; liver disease; peptic ulcer and other digestive disease; Parkinson's disease; Alzheimer's disease; nervous disorders; and musculoskeletal disorders. "The simple message is that we should be moving more," said lead researcher Alpa Patel. "The less sitting you do, the better it is for you. Breaking up an hour of sitting with 2 minutes of standing or light activity can improve cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure."

Hastings Tribune

Rhode Island Bans Electronic cigarettes and vaping at work

Electronic cigarettes and vaping are now banned at Rhode Island workplaces. A new law, recently signed by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, took effect this week.

Health Day

How to Maximize Your Gym Membership (Hint—It’s more than just showing up and checking your texts while sitting on a weight bench)

So, you've made the decision to get healthier and join a gym, a great way to reach the U.S. national guideline of 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. But don't let your good intentions or your membership fee go to waste. Whether your gym is near home or close to work, here's how to get the most from it.

Journalist’s Resource

How the media covers obesity in America

Obesity is a significant public health concern in the United States. The condition, which is prevalent in nearly 40 percent of adults nationwide per an October 2017 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is linked to serious health risks such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. How the media covers obesity offers clues to understanding broader attitudes on the issue, such as views about who is to blame for its prevalence, and where responsibility lies in addressing the issue.

Kaiser Health News

What a US-China Trade War Could Mean for the Opioid Epidemic

The American struggle to curb opioid addiction could become collateral damage in President Donald Trump’s showdown on trade. Trade tensions with allies were heightened by the White House announcement in March of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Now, another round specifically targeting China is set to take effect Friday. And that China focus could interrupt other trade-related issues — specifically, those targeting the flow of dangerous drugs like fentanyl into the United States.

Live Science

Woman rescued a BABY RACCOON. Now, she and 20 friends need rabies treatment!

Baby raccoons are cute. But if you ever see one, you should probably resist the urge to scoop it up and bring it home with you. A woman in Colorado learned this the hard way when a baby raccoon that she brought home tested positive for rabies. Now, she and more than a dozen of her friends who visited the critter need to be treated for rabies. The woman, who lives in Weld County (north of Denver), recently found the baby raccoon on her property and took it inside her home after it was abandoned by its mother, according to a statement from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment.

Medical News Today

Strong Link Found Between Air Pollution and Diabetes

A new study, designed to estimate the harmful effects of poor air quality, revealed a significant correlation between diabetes and pollution levels. The conclusion, the authors hope, will help to shape future guidelines.

National Institutes of Health

Natural Lipid Acts as Potent Anti-Inflammatory

National Institutes of Health researchers have identified a naturally occurring lipid—a waxy, fatty acid—used by a disease-causing bacterium to impair the host immune response and increase the chance of infection. Inadvertently, they also may have found a potent inflammation therapy against bacterial and viral diseases. Lipids are known to help Francisella tularensis bacteria, the cause of tularemia, to suppress host inflammation when infecting mouse and human cells. In a new study published in the Journal of Innate Immunity, researchers from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found a form of the lipid phosphatidylethanoloamine, or PE, present in the bacterium. The composition of PE found in F. tularensis differs from PE found in other bacteria. In cell-culture experiments, the researchers discovered that the natural and a synthetic form of PE reduced inflammation caused by both tularemia bacteria and dengue fever virus.

NBC 10 News

Knox Co. E.Coli Outbreak is Over; Only one Child Still Hospitalized

The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has confirmed that two separate strains of E. coli sickened 15 children last month, and that the outbreak appears to be over. All of the cases were among children. Nine of them were hospitalized but only one is still being treated at East Tennessee Children's Hospital, where the child is in fair condition.


Has Marijuana Caused ER Visits to Skyrocket?

Advocates against marijuana legalization frequently cite increased marijuana-related hospitalizations as proof the drug should not be sold commercially. But how much of a threat does cannabis actually present?.


Opioid Stigma Keeping Many Cancer Patients From Getting Pain Control they Need

History is repeating itself. Twenty years ago, a pain management crisis existed. As many as 70 percent of cancer patients in treatment at that time, or in end-of-life care, experienced unalleviated pain. Identified as a major medical problem, poor pain management became synonymous with poor medical care. In fact, prescribing adequate pain medication became mandatory for hospital accreditation.

Washington Times

Doctors’ Distaste for Prescribing Suboxone Hinders Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

Despite efforts to improve access to a decades-old medication that can turn the tide of the opioid epidemic, the greatest challenge remains that doctors don’t want to prescribe it. Cleared for use in 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration, buprenorphine is an opioid that can fulfill an addict’s craving but doesn’t deliver the euphoric high. Paired with counseling, the drug therapy is touted as one of the essential pillars in combating the opioid epidemic.


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