Health in the Headlines: July 10, 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.



Local Health Departments in the News


Jackson County Health Department


Jackson County Residents Needed in Well Water Testing Project

Jackson County, Illinois residents can receive free well water testing if they meet certain requirements. To learn more about eligibility residents can contact the Jackson County Health Department. A few questions will determine eligibility and 75 participants will be selected for the project according to a spokesperson with the department.


McLean County Health Department

Bloomington Pantagraph

Volunteers Needed For Health Crisis

If there is an influenza pandemic, a bio-terrorist attack or another public health emergency in McLean County, the county health department and its partners would respond.



Other Health News


ABC News

Physician Burnout, Depression Can Lead to Major Medical Errors, Study

Does your doctor’s mental health and well-being affect the care you receive? A new study says yes -- burnout, fatigue and depression may affect major medical errors.


The Atlantic

Anti-Vaxxers are Targeting a Vaccine For Virus Deadlier Than Ebola

Carloss had anticipated the question, but that didn’t make it any less unsettling. Hendra is a deadly virus that is endemic in Australia and is spread by bats.


Body and Soul

New Study Says Down Under Smokers NOT aware of All the Health Risks

Majority of us know smoking can cause lung cancer and heart disease, but a new study has shown less than a third of Australians are unaware it can also cause other health conditions such as acute leukaemia and rheumatoid arthritis.


Chicago Tribune

Ignore Calories and BMI! These are the numbers that Matter

Health often seems like a numbers game. What's your blood-sugar level? How many calories are you eating? And are you getting the right percentage of macros (or macronutrients)? The problem is that sometimes we track, count and obsess over numbers that don't matter very much for our overall health. Or worse, we ignore numbers that do matter. I was curious about which numbers my fellow dietitians consider the most important. I sought feedback from 20 experts who work in either hospitals or private practice. Here are the data that have the most clinical importance, and the ones they tell their patients to ignore.


Hawaii Tribune Herald

Raw Milk Is Dangerous And Needs To Be Regulated

Rates of serious illness from drinking “raw” or unpasteurized milk products are increasing. They need to be more strictly regulated.


Health Day

Low-Impact Yoga, Pilates Brings Big Health Benefits To All

These low-impact workouts don't require special equipment and, after initial training, can be done at home to improve physical and mental health.


Kaiser Health News

State Prisons Fail To Offer Cure to 144,000 Inmates With Deadly Hepatitis C

State prisons across the U.S. are failing to treat at least 144,000 inmates who have hepatitis C, a curable but potentially fatal liver disease, according to a recent survey and subsequent interviews of state corrections departments.


LA Times

With Marijuana Legal, California Flooded With Dubious Health Claims

Spend a few minutes surfing Twitter and you’re likely to encounter a startling claim that comes without proof: Cannabis cures cancer.


Medical Daily

Parents’ Childhood Drama Linked to Mental Health Issues for Kids

After controlling for factors like family income and education level, the researchers noted associations between the parents' history of adverse experiences and their children's mental health problems. 


Medical News Today

Common Cause of Dementia May Be Treatable

Dementia is a general term for a group of conditions in which brain function worsens over time. As the condition progresses, it diminishes ability to remember, think, interact socially, make decisions, and lead an independent life. Worldwide, there are 50 million people with dementia and "10 million new cases every year."


NBC News

Does Shaving Cream Prevent or Treat Sunburn?

A new Buzzfeed article that went viral featured a woman who healed her sunburn by coating the affected area in menthol shaving cream and letting it sit for 30 minutes.


NPR News

With More Opioid Use, People Are More Likely To Get Caught Up In the Justice System

And yet there is little national data tracking the intersection of the criminal justice system and the ongoing opioid epidemic.


Science Daily

Human Clinical Trial Reveals Verapamil As Effective Therapy

The findings, published today by Nature Medicine, reveal that regular oral administration of verapamil, a common blood pressure medication first approved for medical use in 1981, enabled patients to produce higher levels of their own insulin, limiting their need for insulin injections to balance out their blood sugar levels


Washington Times

90 percent of E-Cig Users fail to stop smoking cigarettes

E-cigarettes are an ineffective tool for smoking cessation, according to new research that found 90 percent of people who used electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and traditional cigarettes were still smoking a year later. 


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