Health in the Headlines: September 5, 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
Illinois, Madison County partner for liquor inspection program
In an effort to improve the allocation of alcohol beverage compliance resources, the State of Illinois and Madison County have recently joined forces to launch the Madison County Liquor Inspection Pilot Program. Under the agreement, the Madison County Health Department has begun carrying out Standard Liquor Inspections for all Madison County license holders on behalf of the State of Illinois. Utilizing existing State resources, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is providing financial assistance and training for designated local inspectors.



Other Health News

Associated Press
Groups seek ban on high dose opioids citing dangers
Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who abuse drugs.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
New CDC Data Shows US Adults Still Struggling With Obesity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released 2016 state- and territory-specific data on adult obesity using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Avian Flu Strikes Poultry, Wild Birds in Three Nations
South Africa and Italy yesterday reported more highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu outbreaks in both poultry and other birds, and Taiwan confirmed two more H5N2 detections at poultry farms in two counties.

Chicago Sun-Times
How Gross is Puppy Love?
There are more than 700 different types of bacteria in a dog’s mouth — and that’s just normal bacteria (it doesn’t count the rotting ham sandwich Fido found on his morning walk). So, that saying about a dog’s mouth being clean is rubbish.

Chicago Tribune
Hey Hey Hey! 1 in 3 Adults are beyond overweight
Citing statistics collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said West Virginia had the highest obesity rate at 37.7 percent. Mississippi was second at 37.3 percent and Alabama and Arkansas were tied for third at 35.7 percent.

Health Affairs Blog
Data driven policy making in an age of anecdotes: What happens when a foundation creates a policy center?
Why would a health foundation create a policy center? The Healing Trust, in Nashville, Tennessee, has funded a wide variety of health-related service and advocacy organizations in Middle Tennessee. But in 2014, we asked them what additional support we could give to these organizations engaged in policy and advocacy work. One priority quickly rose to the top: timely, high-quality, and nonpartisan research and analysis on public policy issues critical to our community.

Health And Fitness Cheat Sheet
Ordering takeout: The unhealthy mistakes you need to stop making
When ordering takeout goes digital, everything changes. There are both pros and cons to ordering takeout online. Restaurant professionals told Fast Company that online ordering is great for the restaurant business because people tend to purchase more food with each order. But there’s also a hidden advantage for the person ordering: You are in more control over exactly how you want your food prepared.

Health Day
Science weighs in on how fat raises cancer risk
"Obesity is increasing dramatically worldwide, and is now also recognized as one of the major risk factors for cancer, with 16 different types of cancer linked to obesity," explained Cornelia Ulrich, of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City.

Kaiser Health News
Administration whacks millions used to push Affordable Care Act
His administration matched its harsh words with damaging action on Thursday — slashing millions of dollars from the government’s budget to promote the health law’s annual open enrollment season beginning in two months.

Medical Daily
5 common struggles following an opioid overdose
About 78 Americans die every day of an opioid overdose, and for every fatality, there are 30 additional overdoses, reports NPR. Stories about the epidemic pop up daily as doctors, public health officials and politicians attempt to find solutions to the nation’s growing drug problem. Many are calling for making naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote, more accessible, and police officers in Franklin, North Carolina, have even started carrying the medication, according to Macon County News.

Medical News Today
Bipolar disorder in children; risk factors and symptoms
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by extreme swings in mood and thought. A person with bipolar disorder swings between periods of mania or less severe hypomania and depression.

MSN Health News
8 signs you struggle with Nomophobia
We all joke about being obsessed with our phones, but some researchers are starting to think that this addiction is an actual thing. Scientists think that some people should check for the signs to see if you struggle with nomophobia on the daily. The word was coined in 2010 in the U.K. and is short for “no mobile phone.” Cute, right? The term can be a little misleading, though, since phobia suggests an actual fear of being without it, and some doctors actually think it’s more of an anxiety disorder. But there’s a super thin line between fear and anxiety anyway, so we’re rolling with it.

Live Science
Solar Eclipse Lawsuit alleges faulty glasses (ouch)
A couple in South Carolina has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, alleging that the company sold faulty solar eclipse glasses that did not adequately protect their eyes during last week's eclipse.

Network for Public Health Law
How state tax policy can help feed the hungry and combat global warming
In the United States, we also waste a lot of food: It’s estimated that between 30-40 percent of the food supply is wasted. This food could help feed millions of hungry Americans; instead, it is the single largest material in our waste stream, accounting for 21 percent of our trash. This wasted food decomposes in our landfills and generates approximately 20 percent of the nation’s methane emissions, which has an important environmental impact because methane is a greenhouse gas. By contributing to climate change, food waste creates additional public health challenges. The World Health Organization estimates that “between 2030 and 2050 climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress.

New York Daily News
New technology can predict Alzheimer’s Two Years before Docs
A computer-driven algorithm was able to accurately foresee whether or not a person would develop Alzheimer’s disease up to two years before he or she displays symptoms, according to a new study from McGill University.

New York Post
Letting kids sleep in could save lives, lots of money
A small change could result in big economic benefits over a short period of time for the U.S. In fact, the level of benefit and period of time it would take to recoup the costs from the policy change is unprecedented in economic terms,” said Marco Hafner, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, which released the study this week.

Parents of mentally ill teens aren’t more likely to store guns safely
Parents of adolescents with depression or bipolar disorder are no more likely than households without a mentally ill teen to follow safe firearm storage practices, a recent U.S. study suggests.

United Press International
Nasal flu vaccine’s demise may mean fewer immunized kids
Seasonal flu immunization rates among children appear to have dropped slightly after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against the nasal spray version of the vaccine, researchers report.

US News and World Report
Are depression naps anything to joke about?  
If you’re under the age of 25, you've probably heard of the term “depression nap.” For those who aren’t glued to social media 24/7/365, the phrase may be new. Depression nap is a current internet meme – another term some people may need to Google. Users of Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat are fond of talking about taking a depression nap to escape whatever real life has thrown at them – whether it's work, school, nonvirtual socialization – in a mostly snarky tone. Behind the snark, though, might there be something more concerning at play?

Yahoo Health News
Why is self care suddenly so trendy?  
Self-care is the idea of pouring back into yourself what’s needed to be the best version of yourself. And now, more than ever before, it’s a term that has become wildly popular — especially among millennials. While it’s definitely not a bad thing that people are more excited about nourishing their well-being, it’s also interesting to bring into question, why now?


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