Health in the Headlines: August 6, 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


DuPage County Health Department

Daily Herald

Survey: Drug Abuse and Mental Health Top Concerns in DuPage County

The survey was conducted by Impact DuPage, a group of community organizations committed to creating a common understanding of local needs, gaps and priorities that will advance the well-being of county residents. The poll of 1,577 people was conducted between February and April as part of Impact DuPage's 2018 community assessment. "Part of the whole process for Impact DuPage is to get the community voice," said Karen Ayala, executive director of the DuPage Health Department and the co-chairwoman of the Impact DuPage steering committee. "We want the factors and priorities that are important to our residents so we can create a responsive framework."


McHenry County Health Department

Algonquin Patch

High Bacteria Levels Close Indian Trail Beach

The McHenry County Department of Health has closed Indian Trail Beach due to high bacteria levels, according to the health department's website.




Other Health News


CBS 2 News

If not for the right reason, then pick up your Amazon Gift Card!

The American Red Cross is calling on people of all blood types to donate the vital fluid, which is now in dangerously short supply. In fact, it’s saying it’ll give a $5 Amazon gift card to those who do so in the next 30 days.


Daily Messenger

Will Ontario County Join Tobacco 21?

Canandaigua Academy Principal Vern Tenney held a clear bag containing Juul, an e-cigarette introduced in 2015 — the use of which is rampant at the high school. Easy to sneak in because it looks like a thumb drive, Juul delivers a heavy dose of nicotine — the harmful and addictive substance in tobacco products. All e-cigarettes contain chemicals and just one Juul cartridge contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes, or 200 cigarette puffs.


Denver Post

Vaping is tobacco’s new guise to target Colorado Kids

About one in three Colorado high school students are using nicotine. Most of them don’t smoke cigarettes or use chew tobacco, they’re doing something new. It’s called vaping.



Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Living in the streets can be deadly

People in Boston who “sleep rough”—live on the streets instead of in shelters—have a death rate that is nearly three times higher than those living in shelters and nearly 10 times higher than that of the general population in Massachusetts, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet

New Study Says You Can Stop Counting Calories To Lose Weight

If you’re on a diet, one thing you might be concerned about is the number of calories you’re consuming each day. However, a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition proposes counting calories might not be the most effective way to lose weight. Their research suggests those on a weight loss program who consume low-energy-dense foods tend to stay full longer and lose weight.


Health Day

Opioid Addicts Turning to Unapproved Antidepressant To Get High

In a trend that suggests opioid addicts are turning to new fixes, a government report shows that use of an unapproved antidepressant is becoming more widespread in the United States. Tianeptine is used in some European, Asian and Latin American countries for treatment of depression and anxiety.


The Hill   

Bipartisan leaders of house panel press drug companies on opioid crisis

The panel’s leaders sent letters to three companies that make opioids, Insys Therapeutics, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Purdue Pharma, requesting a briefing with the committee and answers to questions about how the companies marketed opioids and whether they looked the other way when they saw evidence of abuse of their products.


Medical Daily

CDC Warns Mopes: Don’t Reuse or Wash Condoms

While no data was provided by the agency, this literature review from 2012 may shed further light on it. In three studies published between 1995 and 2011, 1.4 to 3.3 percent of participants reported reusing the condom during the same intercourse session.


Medical News Today

FLU For Shame: Obese may be contagious longer

Having the flu may be a common experience, but the list of possible complications is quite long.


MSN Health News

Warning signs your liver may send you

Your liver does a lot for your health. As one of the body’s largest organs, it's responsible for metabolic functions like converting nutrients from your diet so your body can use them, and making sure toxic substances are flushed out before they cause any harm. When your liver is in trouble, though, there are a handful of ways it lets you know—and here are 20 warning signs to watch out for.


NBC News

Struggling to cope? An online mental health peer can help

A mental health peer is not licensed but is an additional resource for coping.


NBC 5 News

Rat lungworm may be more common in US than people think

A parasite called rat lungworm, which can get into people’s brains, has infected 12 people including toddlers in the continental U.S. in recent years, federal health officials said Thursday.


Reader’s Digest

12 Surprising Household Items That Could Make You Gain Weight

What if the things you use every day were adding inches to your waistline? New research presented at the European Society of Endocrinology 2018 annual meeting suggests this could be the case.


USA Today

Summer Depression is Real and Its Medical Acronym is ‘SO SAD’

Your sleep is poor, your energy is low, and you have no interest in squeezing into last summer’s shorts, much less a bathing suit. The kids were bored the first day of summer vacation. Everyone but you seems to be on a tropical vacation, including your colleagues who have piled their projects onto your already full plate at work. You are exasperated. 


WXYZ 7 News

University of Michigan Study: Not all hope lost for obese kids

According to UM researchers, American children battling obesity reach "a lower weight status at least once through childhood, and 22 percent of these kids experience persistent remission of obesity--achieving and maintaining a lower weight status--by 8th grade. 


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