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
Lake County Health Department
Lake County News Sun
"Since May, the Health Department has investigated 43 cases of Cyclospora infection among Lake County residents. This is more than 14 times higher than the number of cases reported in 2017," said Dr. Sana Ahmed, Medical Epidemiologist with the Lake County Health Department. "We urge Lake County residents who are experiencing symptoms to seek testing from a health care provider."
Will County Health Department
New Lenox Patch
The Will County Health Department confirmed on Monday that a seventh rabid bat was found last week, this time in the village of New Lenox. Health officials said the bat with rabies was flying around in a house off Fir Street.
Other Health News
Every day, 116,000 people in Kern County don’t know where their next meal is coming from, the Kern County Public Health Services Department says. But the health department has a plan.
CNN Health News
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California surveyed 2,668 students at 10 public high schools in Los Angeles beginning in fall 2013, when they were 14 years old and in ninth grade.
A four-year, $2 million grant from the Merck Foundation, will assist Marshall Health and its public health partners in launching the Great Rivers Regional System for Addiction Care, a collaborative opioid intervention system for Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha and Putnam counties.
Harvard Health Publishing
Muffin top. Spare tire. Beer belly. Whatever you call it, research shows that extra fat around your belly poses a unique health threat.
Depression is highly prevalent among patients with axial spondyloarthritis, and is associated with increased severe disease activity and functional impairment, according to findings published in Arthritis Research & Therapy.
Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet
You’ve heard from a young age that you should drink your daily glass of milk to build strong bones and teeth — but that’s not all you should be doing. WebMD notes one out of every two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will experience a fracture related to osteoporosis. And if you’re lucky enough to avoid this, then you may start to notice other signs of bone loss as you get older.
Illinois News Network
The analysis from Medicare Health Plans shows the most searched ailment for each state. Illinois’ top search was for syphilis. Nationwide, the top searches were for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, syphilis and AIDS/HIV.
New research, which was partly funded by the British Heart Foundation, revealed a link between exposure to air pollutants and enlargement of the heart. The study titled "Association Between Ambient Air Pollution and Cardiac Morpho-Functional Phenotypes" was published in the journal Circulation on August 3.
Medical News Today
Every neighborhood had the kid that would promise to eat bugs for payment of cash. Lately, more and more scientists are becoming interested in insects.
Food safety has been a big issue lately in America, especially with the news coverage of the E. coli outbreak caused by romaine lettuce that happened earlier this year.
Pain News Network
As the opioid crisis continues to worsen, there is increased scrutiny of both prescribing levels and fatal overdose rates. The goal of reducing opioid prescriptions is to decrease the exposure to opioids, on the theory that medical use of opioid analgesics is closely linked with addiction and overdose risk.
Cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, and other symptoms could seem like a cold or allergies. Here’s how to know if it’s COPD.
Sun Community News
As stakeholders statewide push localities to raise the age to legally purchase tobacco from 18 to 21, Clinton County has not yet voted on the measure. “There have been discussions, but no formal action has been taken,” said County Administrator Michael Zurlo.
The single-payer Democrats are on the ballot in red and blue states and from California, where Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is the heavy favorite to win in November, to Massachusetts, where Democrat Jay Gonzalez believes the issue will give him an opening against a popular Republican governor.
ZME Science News
A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association warns that children and teens should try to wean off of screens. Screen time from any device is associated with an increased amount of sedentary behavior, they explain, which promotes obesity and other health complications associated with lack of physical exercise.