Health in the Headlines: August 8, 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


Chicago Department of Public Health

Chicago Tribune

Chicago limits opioid prescriptions for City employees

No longer is between a doctor and patient for City employees. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that many city employees will now be limited to seven days worth of prescription opioid painkillers at a time, a move aimed at fighting opioid addiction in the city.


DuPage County Health Department

Addiction Now

Wheaton Drug Abuse Programs Lacking According to Survey

The survey, which was conducted by Impact DuPage, listed substance abuse and mental health as two of the top five issues concerning residents. The need for more drug abuse programs was emphasized and mental health was stressed as a big concern among   




Other Health News


ABC News

Jails, prisons slowly loosen resistance to addiction meds

Four inmates sit silently in the library of the Franklin County House of Correction one summer morning. But these men aren't here to read books. Under the supervision of a nurse and two corrections officers, they're taking their daily dose of buprenorphine. The drug, often known by the brand name Suboxone, is meant to control their heroin cravings and is commonly smuggled into jails and prisons.


Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Raise the age? By 2019, you may need to be 21 to buy tobacco

According to the Food and Drug Administration and the state Department of Health, tobacco products include cigarettes, loose cigarettes, cigars, bidis, gutka, chewing tobacco, powdered tobacco, nicotine water, herbal cigarettes, shisha, smoking paraphernalia and e-cigarettes and similar devices. Some of those don’t actually contain tobacco, though.


Associated Press

Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste

Most toothpastes already contain fluoride. While health authorities recognize fluoride as a cavity blocker, the internet is dotted with claims, often from “natural” toothpaste marketers and alternative medicine advocates, that fluoride-free toothpaste also prevents cavities.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Babies with Zika Related Health Problems Continue to Need Attention

About 1 in 7 babies now 1 year or older who were born to women with Zika virus infection during pregnancy had one or more health problems possibly caused by exposure to the virus before birth, according to the latest Vital Signs report. Some of these problems were not apparent at birth.


CNN Money

Depression in the C-Suite

Business leaders and entrepreneurs might even be more vulnerable because of the outsized stresses of their jobs and the traits that have brought them success in the first place.


Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet

What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Why is It So Dangerous?

When you look in the mirror, you probably — at least occasionally — spot something in your reflection you wish could be different. If only you could snap your fingers and instantly smooth out your skin, tame your hair, and finally achieve a body shape that fits into all the cute jeans. It’s not abnormal to have these thoughts. For one thing, we all want what we don’t or can’t have, even if it’s a significant reach. And for another, just scrolling through Instagram shows us image after image of people who, honestly, look like we wish we could.


Health Day

Access to Diabetes Drugs Improved Under ACA study says

The researchers compared prescriptions filled between January 2008 and December 2013, to those between January 2014 and December 2015.  The number of prescription fills for insulin went up by 40 percent after the Medicaid expansions. The prescriptions for newer diabetes medications -- such as Victoza, Trulicity, extended-release Glucophage, Invokana and Farxiga -- rose 39 percent with Medicaid expansion.


Illinois Newsroom  

Food Recalls Abound this Summer, But Experts Say That’s a Good Thing

From E. coli in romaine lettuce to potential salmonella on Goldfish crackers to a parasite in salads and wraps, food recalls are in the spotlight this year. But things may not be as bad as they sound, according to Lana Nwadike, a food safety specialist with Kansas State University and the University of Missouri.


Medical News Today

Wake up the Guy in the Office Next To You Because Too Much Is Worse than Too Little

Sleeping more or less than 7–8 hours per night could be bad for your health, with too much sleep being worse than too little, say researchers.



Childhood Obesity grows annual health bill

Compared to healthy weight children, overweight and obesity among 6 to 13-year-olds was found to cause an additional $43.2 million in annual non-hospital costs incurred by Medicare. The additional annual cost per child caused by obesity is $103 per year and for every overweight child is $63 per year.


NBC News

Expert asks “Should you be drinking organic milk?”  

Once you’ve made a choice to consume dairy – whether it’s milk or other products like yogurt, cheese or kefir – the next key question that pops up is whether choosing “organic” is the heathier way to go. To many people, the word “organic” sure sounds like a better choice. But when it comes to milk, the answer may surprise you!


News MedicalNet

Study could explain why Asians often develop diabetes at lower body weight

A new UC San Francisco study has discovered a key biological difference in how people of European and Chinese descent put on weight -- a finding that could help explain why Asians often develop type 2 diabetes at a much lower body weight than Caucasians.


Reader’s Digest

13 Jobs that Can Up Your Risk For Cancer

Is your job making you sick? If it’s listed here, the answer might be yes. Here’s what you need to know—and how to protect yourself.


Science Daily

Vaping draws strong support from Internet Bots

More than 70 percent of the tweets analyzed in the study appeared to have been put out by robots, also known as bots, whose use to influence public opinion and sell products while posing as real people is coming under increased scrutiny.


Washington Post

Thousands of inebriated pedestrians die in accidents each year

“I’ve seen drunk people wandering into the street around 2 or 3 in the morning like zombies,” said Austin Loan, a bouncer checking IDs at Hawthorne, a restaurant with five bar areas and DJs on the weekends. “When you get drunk, you think you can rule the world. You may not be paying attention to anything else.”


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