Health in the Headlines: February 13, 2017

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.



DuPage County Health Department News 

Naperville Sun: DuPage Changes Policy
Effective this year, the district "will only use fogs and sprays to kill adult mosquitoes as a last resort," according to a release from that agency. The chemicals dissipate within two days of being deployed, but in the meantime kill all other insects and arachnids they touch, including such beneficial bugs as bees, butterflies and spiders, the release said.



Other Health Departments in the News

KFVS12 News: Roundtable held in Southern Illinois To Discuss ACA Repeal
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin held a roundtable discussion on Friday, February 10 with southern Illinois healthcare leaders to discuss the local impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act.



Other Health News

Associated Press: Malaria Parasite May Trigger Human Odor To Lure Mosquitos
Mosquitoes prefer biting people already sickened by malaria, apparently attracted by some kind of odor. Now, Swedish researchers say they've identified a substance pumped out by malaria parasites that triggers that smell, noticeable only to mosquitoes.

Baltimore Sun: Hopkins Researchers Discover Newborn Rats Hold Secret To Manufacturing Human Heart Cells
But Kwon said he's discovered a solution for the problem in an unlikely place — newborn rats — and he published a study about his reasearch last month in the journal Cell Reports.

CBS News: Can 3D Scanners Help With Fitness?
If you want to lose weight and get into shape, some gyms are now offering high-tech, 3D body scanners to help you track your progress.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy: Studies Shed Light on Effects Of Serial Flu Shots, Current Vaccine’s Benefits
A Canadian study released this week added to the evidence that getting a flu shot 2 years in a row may sometimes result in lower protection against flu the second year, while another new Canadian study estimated that this year's flu vaccine is 42% effective against the dominant flu strain in circulation.

Chicago Tribune: Say it aint so!  A man tells us about his year without Beer
A year ago, I would have been the one suggesting some biblical-level alcohol consumption. Instead, I took my sober self back to the Cosmopolitan Hotel, got a bit of sleep and went to a 7 a.m. high-intensity fitness class.

CNN News: With 404 Cases, Washington Mumps Outbreak Continues To Grow
On Thursday, Washington state reported 404 confirmed and probable cases of mumps since October. Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus spread from person to person through saliva and mucus.

Fox Health News: How much fighting is too much in a relationship?
When you’re in a relationship, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’re going to fight with your partner at some point—that’s just life. But when you find yourself bickering more than usual, it’s natural to wonder, “how much fighting is too much?” and "are we totally screwed?"

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Healthy Fats Key To Good Diet
Noting that a prominent meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2014 seemed to conclude that the type of fat in the diet didn’t make any difference with regard to heart disease, Willett said there were flaws in the study.

Health Day: Non-English Speakers Less Likely To Be On Kidney Transplant List
For the study, researchers analyzed data from kidney failure patients across the United States. The investigators found that patients who lived in neighborhoods where more than 20 percent of households didn't speak English were 29 percent less likely to be on a kidney transplant waiting list than those in neighborhoods where less than 1 percent of households didn't speak English

Kaiser Health News: Despite Prevention Guidelines, Few Smokers Seek CT Scans To Check For Lung Cancer
Lung cancer screening rates have barely budged in recent years, according to a new study, even though under the health law many people don’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket for them because the test is recommended by a panel of prevention experts.

Medical Daily:
This happens to your body after you quit smoking may be enough to help you kick the habit
Smoking is seriously bad for you; you don’t need a news article to tell you that much. However, many smokers are convinced that the “damage is already done” and that quitting may not even be worth it. As explained in a recent ASAPScience YouTube video, this isn’t entirely correct, and the damage from smoking can begin to clear in as little as 20 minutes after your last cigarette.

Medical News Today: Eating More Fruits, Vegetables Boost Psychological Well-Being In Just 2 Weeks
Fruits and vegetables are a pivotal part of a healthful diet, but their benefits are not limited to physical health. New research finds that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption may improve psychological well-being in as little as 2 weeks.

NBC News: Federal Agency Spent More Than $10,000 On Smoking Hut For Employees
For decades the federal government has encouraged people to quit smoking. So why would a government agency spend thousands to build a cozy smoking hut to provide shelter and a more comfortable place for workers to smoke?

New York Post: Health guru makes the case for ‘fat shaming’
A controversial weight loss guru is campaigning for Britain to constructively fat-shame obese people — and even wants UK’s Natural Health Service nurses to wear special badges if they’re fat.

Reuters News: Salt reduction policies cost-effective even without healthcare savings
That’s because efforts to curb salt use through policies like public education and industry agreements would not cost that much relative to their potential to reduce mortality and disability, researchers estimate.

United Press International: Amphetamine Abuse Abuses The Heart
Using illegal amphetamine drugs such as "speed" and "ice" may lead to premature aging of the arteries and heart, researchers warn.

USA Today: Docs Bill Medicare For End Of Life Advice As ‘Death Panel’ Fears Reemerge
End-of-life counseling sessions, once decried by some conservative Republicans as “death panels,” gained steam among Medicare patients in 2016, the first year doctors could charge the federal program for the service.

US News And World Report: How to NOT hate running on the treadmill (besides skipping it)
When the weather outside is frightful, the treadmill inside – is boring and monotonous. Sure, you can make basic adjustments like boosting the incline, varying the pace or distracting yourself with a TV series, but you can also take those strategies a step further if you want to emerge from winter an even better runner. Here are four methods that will build strength and help you get more out of your treadmill workouts before the spring thaw:

Washington Post: Not all processed foods are bad for you
Ah, processed foods. The term has become a sweeping generalization for anything that comes in a bag or a box. Even my nutrition advice usually includes the general statement “eat less processed food and choose fresh food instead.” But that sentence really simplifies a more complex story.

World Health Organization: Urgent health needs in Yemen
More than 7 million are facing food insecurity, and more than 8 million face acute shortages of clean water and sanitation. Nearly 3.3 million people – including 2.1 million children – are acutely malnourished including 462 000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Violence since 2015 has forced more than 3 million people from their homes, including 2 million who remain internally displaced as of January 2017.



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