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
Lake County Health Department
Lake County News Sun
A new Zion Health Center is allowing the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center providers to expand access to patients in and around the Zion area with a number of additional services for adults and children that a previous building couldn't house. On Monday, county dignitaries gathered for a tour of the renovated facility, which opened to the community at 1911 27th St. on June 14. The new location sits just steps away across the street from the old health center, which will be torn down this week to create additional parking for the new building, said Mark Pfister, the Health Department’s executive director.
McHenry County Health Department
McHenry County Department of Health reported Tuesday morning that nine county residents were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease between June 7 and July 1. Those people are from various county localities and range in age from 46 to 82 years old
Other Health News
News organizations are pushing for the public release of data detailing the distribution of prescription opioids throughout the U.S., information that could show how drug manufacturers and distributors contributed to the nation’s addiction and overdose crisis.
In the most recent issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association (paywall, of course,) researchers noted that, increasingly, heroin users are turning to heating the drug so that the resulting vapor can be inhaled. That's called chasing the dragon
U.S. officials threatened Ecuador with punitive trade measures after the country introduced an international resolution that encouraged breastfeeding during a global health conference, according to The New York Times. The threats reportedly occurred in May at the U.N.-affiliated World Health Assembly in Geneva.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet
As we age, we experience increasing body pain. Aside from chronic pain disorders, most pain is manageable with over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers. But some people want natural relief. Check out these common foods that can help relieve everyday aches and pains
As America sweats through another summer, new research suggests that heat waves can slow the brains of even healthy young adults.
Long Island Press
The recent passings of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain left many asking, how could two successful people who brought others such joy be so unhappy?
Medical News Today
Since use of multivitamins and mineral supplements in the United States took off in the 1940s, it has grown into a multibillion dollar industry. Estimates suggest that these are now taken by "more than one third" of the U.S. population.
A number of known risk factors for campylobacteriosis had been identified in the people affected. These were: drinking raw (unpasteurised) milk or untreated water, and contact with animals and/or nappies.
Can a blood test tell when you will die? Scientists at Yale University now believe they can predict a person’s life expectancy based on the results of a simple new test.
“Medical marijuana activists, just drop the charade of pretending there is a shred of science backing this medicine-via-pot-shops model,” he said in a Twitter comment about the reform bill.
Anemia is defined as the condition of not having enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body, and there are many, many forms of it. Some people, like those suffering from conditions like sickle cell anemia or thalassemia, are anemic from birth; their bodies genetically inherit difficulty producing red blood cells or specific parts of red blood cells. But the greatest portion of the approximately 3.5 million Americans suffering from anemia become anemic over time through not consuming enough iron or vitamin B12, both of which, along with folate, are necessary for the production of healthy red blood cells. You need to know
State Journal Register
Public pools and swim parks offer hours of affordable summer fun. Unfortunately, sometimes densely populated pools can equal germs galore.
A new study found that partners of people newly diagnosed with diabetes were 50 percent more likely to attend weight management classes and 25 percent more likely to get medication to help quit smoking.
Shannon Hubbard never imagined it was the prologue to one of the most debilitating pain conditions known to exist, called complex regional pain syndrome.