Health in the Headlines: July 20, 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


Kankakee County Health Department

Kankakee Daily Journal

Kankakee County Receives $200,000 grant for children’s mental health

The planning grant provided by the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, or ILCHF, is only a fraction of the $11.5 million given to five state communities. Within Kankakee County, the Foundation partners affected by the grant include, among other recipients, Riverside Medical Center, Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness and the Kankakee County Health Department, as well as 11 school districts.


Boone County Health Department

Mosquitoes in Boone Confirmed For WNV

According to the Boone County Health Department, a mosquito pool in Capron has tested positive for West Nile Virus.



Other Health News


ABC News

What is PANDAS?

Alexia Baier was an eager-to-learn, 4-year-old girl beginning pre-K in a suburb outside of Chicago. She thrived academically -- counting, painting and playing with other children.


Boston Herald

Coffee Shop Serves Hope To People Recovering From Addiction

A Pennsylvania town's newest coffee shop is offering people recovering from opioid addiction a fresh start, one steaming cup of java at a time.


CBS News

CBS News investigation finds recruiters paying struggling addicts

A CBS News investigation has uncovered an industry of recruiters taking advantage of struggling addicts. The scheme lures addicts


CBS 2 Chicago

Can eating the right foods boost your mental health?

Sticking to certain foods and a healthy diet isn’t just good for your physical health, it may also have a positive impact on your mental state. Shannon Drenick says she’s seen this firsthand. For years, she suffered from depression and anxiety.


Chicago Tribune

Millennials are dying of alcohol related liver disease at increasing rates

Deaths from liver disease have increased sharply in recent years in the United States, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Cirrhosis-related deaths increased by 65 percent from 1999 to 2016, and deaths from liver cancer doubled, the study said. The rise in death rates was driven predominantly by alcohol-induced disease, the report said. Over the past decade, people ages 25 to 34 had the highest increase in cirrhosis deaths - an average of 10.5 percent per year - of the demographic groups examined, researchers reported.


CNN Health News

California Keeps Close Eye On Whooping Cough After Infant’s Death

An infant in San Bernardino County died after contracting pertusis, also known as whooping cough, according to a statement from the California Department of Public Health. Department Director Dr. Karen Smith called the death "a tragedy."


Fox Health News

K2 Drug Wreaking Havoc On D.C.

A batch of synthetic marijuana responsible for putting users into a zombie-like state may be tied to at least four deaths and more than 140 cases of illness in the Washington, D.C., area, officials say.


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

High Fruit and Veggie Consumption May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

Women who eat a high amount of fruits and vegetables each day may have a lower risk of breast cancer, especially of aggressive tumors, than those who eat fewer fruits and vegetables, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In their findings, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, and yellow and orange vegetables, had a particularly significant association with lower breast cancer risk.


Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet

This is what really happens to your body in a hot car

Each year, an average of 37 children die from being trapped in hot cars in the United States. But how does this happen? As it turns out, a lot of damaging things happen to our bodies when we suffer heat stroke from being trapped in a hot car.


Health Day

E-Cigarettes, Nicotine Patch During Pregnancy May High SIDS Risk

Using any form of nicotine during pregnancy or while nursing may raise a baby's risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), new animal research suggests.


Illinois News Network

Vast Majority of Illinois Medicaid Expansion Recipients Aren’t Working

Seven of 10 able-bodied recipients of taxpayer-funded healthcare in Illinois say they don’t have jobs. A new report from the Foundation for Government Accountability, a nonpartisan public policy organization, said work requirements similar to those placed on other federal aid programs should be implemented for Medicaid recipients.


Live Science

Does Caffeine Help You Lose Weight?

Some diet supplements that contain caffeine claim that the compound helps reduce appetite. Other research has suggested that caffeine could speed up metabolism.


Medical Daily

Bad marriages as bad as smoking for health?

In a marriage, having disagreements now and then is surely nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, it can be useful in encouraging honesty and improving communication between partners. "Fighting is so good because your relationship is about growing and becoming the very best person you can become. Fights are one of your best tools for learning," said Chicago-based relationship expert Dr. Judith Wright.


Medical News Today

New Compound May Replace Opioids To Treat Chronic Pain

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that in the United States, 25.3 million adults have chronic pain.


New York Times

Bowing to Trump, Novartis Joins Pfizer in Freezing Drug Prices

Novartis, the Swiss drugmaker, said Wednesday that it would not raise prices on its products in the United States for the rest of 2018, joining Pfizer, which delayed its increases last week after President Trump singled out the company for criticism.  


Reader’s Digest

Avoid these foods that are never worth the calories

It’s not always apparent when foods we love have zero nutrition. These 20 favorites are filled with sugar, fat, and empty calories—and some may surprise you


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