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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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.”