Health in the Headlines: July 16, 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

Kane County Health Department

The Beacon News

ILCHF Commits $11.5 Million To Improve Children’s Mental Health in 5 Communities

Building upon its successful Children's Mental Health Initiative (CMHI 1.0), the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation is applying lessons learned to help five more Illinois communities develop a coordinated system of care for children and families. The Foundation awarded 13 month $200,000 planning grants to enable mental and physical health providers, schools, parents, youth and other community organizations to develop a plan to improve the health of their children and communities. If the planning process is successful, in November 2019 each of the five communities will receive a second grant of $2.1 million over six years to implement their plans.


Will County Health Department

WJOL Radio

Will County Now 3rd County For Positive West Nile Samples

Will County has now had five batches of mosquitoes that have tested as positive for active West Nile Virus. This ranks third in the state behind Cook County, where 81 batches have tested positive; and DuPage County, where nine have tested positive.



Other Health News

ABC 7 News

Baby Dies From Meningitis, possibly from unvaccinated person, health officials say

A family is urging everyone to stay up to date on vaccinations after losing their infant son to meningitis.


Baltimore Sun

City expands telemedicine program

The program, which originated in New York, has operated out of the Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging since April and has 100 people enrolled. Technology monitors blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels and weight. Nurses talk to patients remotely and ask questions about recent hospitalizations, changes in medication and recent falls.


Chicago Tribune

Which workout is best for you: High, low or no intensity?

High-intensity interval training has become a big deal among workout enthusiasts, who like the short bursts of intense exercise alternated with longer periods of rest. But some folks still prefer low intensity workouts — repetitive moderate motion for 30 to 45 minutes. Still half the people like sitting at home, watching television and eating Doritos.


Cleburne Times-Review

Tobacco Free College Policies Increasing

The number of U.S. colleges and universities implementing tobacco/smoke-free policies is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The Conversation

Why Anti-Vaxers Think they know More than Doctors

One of the most contentious areas of health policy over the past two decades has been the safety of vaccination. Vaccines prevent the outbreak of diseases that used to be widespread, like polio, and scientific consensus strongly supports their safety. Yet many Americans refuse or delay the vaccination of their children out of fear that it could lead to autism, even though scientific consensus refutes this claim.


Detroit Free Press

5 Things I found surprising about legal marijuana in Colorado

So you’re going to get a little Rocky Mountain High? We have high expectations for this trip. This is such a burning issue this year, you really need to weed out the fake news. You get the drift.


Food Safety News

Recalled Honey Smacks Still On the Store Shelves; More people sick

Some retailers are still selling recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks responsible for an expanding nationwide Salmonella outbreak, spurring the FDA to once again urge consumers to not buy or eat the cereal.


Health Day

1 in 9 U.S. Adults Reports Memory Problems; The Other 8 Can’t Remember If they Have Memory Problems!

If you're middle-aged and you think you're losing your memory, you're not alone, a new U.S. government report shows.


Live Science

Grandmother cells in the brain could help the body shake off jet lag

Scientists may be one step to closer to a "cure" for jet lag, according to a new study done in mice. Jet lag occurs when the "master clock" in the brain falls out of sync with the actual time. That master clock thinks it's time to go to bed, whereas your watch says it's lunch time.


Medical Daily

Is full fat dairy unhealthy?

Here's some good news if you are tired of purchasing low-fat versions of dairy products — consuming full-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter will not increase your risk of heart disease. According to researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), it may even offer some health benefits.


NWI Times

Breastfeeding has been the best public health policy throughout history

Breastfeeding has long been the gold standard for infant nutrition. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and World Health Organization all recommend it.


Science Daily

Obesity Alone Does not increase Risk of Death

Researchers at York University's Faculty of Health have found that patients who have metabolic healthy obesity, but no other metabolic risk factors, do not have an increased rate of mortality.


The Times Record

Sessions Plans ‘Enforcement Surge’ In Maine and Elsewhere to Fight Epidemic

Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge, or S.O.S., will involve an “enforcement surge” in 10 U.S. districts that have among the highest drug overdose death rates, including the district that encompasses the entire state of Maine, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement issued Thursday.


Tuscon News Now

More than 500 sick, E.Coli found at Zipline Attraction

  1. coli was found in water at a zipline attraction after nearly 550 visitors to the attraction reported illness, and authorities think the estimate may be low.


US News and World Report

Is Depression During Pregnancy On the Rise?

The reasons are unknown, and more research is needed to understand the pattern, said lead researcher Rebecca Pearson, of the University of Bristol. The findings, published online July 13 in JAMA Network Open, are based on two generations of U.K. women: almost 2,400 who gave birth between 1990 and 1992, and 180 of their daughters, who gave birth between 2012 and 2016.


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