Health in the Headlines: June 19, 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

Bloomington Pantagraph
Safety First—Area Kids Learn A Lot At Kidsmart Day
The smokehouse was one training tool used in Thursday’s KidSmart Safety Day at the Livingston County 4-H Park in Pontiac. About 70 kids attended the event sponsored by 10 different Livingston County groups, including the Livingston County Farm Bureau, Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District, University of Illinois Extension and Livingston County Health Department.

Buffalo Grove Patch
Lincolnshire Increases Age To Buy Tobacco To 21
The ordinance change was initiated by the Lake County Health Department in early May, and included information from the Tobacco 21 Coalition.



Other Health News

ABC News
Overcoming the opioid epidemic one doc at a time
It was in doctors' offices where the epidemic began, and it's in doctors' offices where it must be fought. So Jones is using some of the same tactics pharmaceutical sales forces used to push their potent pills into communities — this time, to get them out.

Baltimore Sun
Johns Hopkins Claims To Have Unlocked Key To Cancer Metastasis
A team at Johns Hopkins discovered the biochemical mechanism that tells cancer cells to break off from the primary tumor and spread throughout the body, a process called metastasis. Some 90 percent of cancer deaths are caused when cancer metastasizes. The team also found that two existing, FDA-approved drugs can slow metastasis significantly.

BBC News
Catch the Whooping Cough, Collect Cash
How much money would it take to persuade you to be deliberately infected with whooping cough for the sake of medical science?

CBS News
Coconut Oil worse than butter
A recent New York Times survey found that 72 percent of Americans think coconut oil is healthy but only 37 percent of nutritionists agree with them.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Tailored infection control shown to cut MRSA in Vets’ home
An infection control program approved by and tailored to the needs of veterans residing in a community living center reduced the rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections 89% over 4 years, according to research presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC).

Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet
Out of shape? Changes you need to make now
Feeling a little too soft in the middle these days? Don’t let the holidays be an excuse to let yourself go. Maintaining a healthy weight can be tricky with office cookies in the break room. Multiply that by the doughnuts in the morning and bowls of chocolate candy aplenty, and you have yourself one difficult task.

Health Day
Fentanyl Responsible for More Than Half of Overdose Deaths
But most opioid addicts are not actively seeking out the potentially lethal painkiller. Instead, they're terrified by the increasing contamination of the illicit drug supply by fentanyl, investigators said.

Medical Daily
We shouldn’t hide negative emotions
To be happy, it’s best not to try to be happy. At least, that’s the main point of a study published in the health journal, Depression and Anxiety. Researchers found that the more people felt pressured not to be sad, the more depressed they actually were.

Medical News Today
What happens when you quit smoking?
Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States. Despite this, some smokers find quitting daunting. They think it will take a very long time before seeing improvements in their health and well-being.

MSN Health News
3 kinds of food and drink that make you age faster
The bad news is there's no way to stop natural aging, says the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). With time, we all end up with wrinkles. The good news is that do have some control over premature aging — that's the kind caused by environmental factors and lifestyle. 

NBC News
Teens dump tobacco, E-Cigs
The latest report on teen smoking from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 20 percent of high school students have used at least one tobacco product recently — mostly e-cigarettes.

New York Post
Lazy teens are just sitting around, sluggish as 60 year olds
“Activity levels at the end of adolescence were alarmingly low, and by age 19, they were comparable to 60-year-olds,” says Vadim Zipunnikov, the study’s author and an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Reuters Health News
Exercise May Stave Off Postpartum Depression
“The negative consequences of postpartum depression not only affect the mother but also the child, who can suffer poor emotional and cognitive development,” said study co-author Celia Alvarez-Bueno of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Cuenca, Spain.

Suburban Life
Dead Bat Found In LaGrange
A dead bat found in La Grange has tested positive for rabies, according to a news release from the village.

Time Health News
How to feel thinner in 30 minutes
Exercise isn’t only good for gradual, long-term body benefits. According to new research, just a single 30-minute workout may be enough to help people see themselves as thinner and stronger. The positive effects seem to have staying power beyond the initial post-workout glow.

United Press International
Glutamine found to suppress herpes in mice, guinea pigs
A National Institutes of Health study on mice and guinea pigs shows that glutamine supplements can suppress the reactivation of herpes simplex virus, or HSV.

USA Today
Running Miles to Lose Weight? You may be wasting your time
In the United States, a nation fatter than any other, running remains the most popular workout activity. That's according to a Fitbit analysis of fitness tracker user data.

US News and World Report
Can Yoga Ease My COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema – conditions that make it difficult to breathe. If you have COPD and find that you’re frequently short of breath, the natural inclination may be to avoid exercise and exertion. But as the COPD Foundation asserts, "exercise, done correctly and safely, is one of the best things you can do to be less short of breath."

Washington Post
Low BMI could lengthen healing time
Strong’s experience is consistent with the findings of a new Ohio State University study led by Timothy L. Miller. The team spent three years examining the relationship between stress fractures and time to return to running on a Division 1 team. They concluded that the lower the athlete’s body mass index (BMI), the longer the healing period.

World Health Organization
1 in 6 Seniors Affected By Abuse
A new study, supported by WHO and published in the Lancet Global Health, has found that almost 16% of people aged 60 years and older were subjected to either psychological abuse (11.6%), financial abuse (6.8%), neglect (4.2%), physical abuse (2.6%) or sexual abuse (0.9%). The research draws on the best available evidence from 52 studies in 28 countries from different regions, including 12 low- and middle-income countries.

Yahoo Health News
Taking diabetes meds, exercising and managing weight work best to control blood sugar
New US research has found that as well as taking their medication, those with diabetes can also help control their blood sugar by managing their weight and exercising four or more times per week.


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