Health in the Headlines: February 15, 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.



Health Departments in the News

Belleville News Democrat: School reports Mumps Case
“We did have a student with mumps at one of our elementary schools,” said Superintendent Mark Cappel in an email to The Telegraph. “We worked closely with the Madison County Health Department to ensure we followed the proper protocol for students, staff and volunteers. We also sent a dialer and letter to parents at the school with additional information.”

Bloomington Pantagraph: Got extra milk? Donate it here
Hickey and Wolfe on Tuesday were the first donors to the McLean County Milk Depot at the county health department, 200 W. Front St. in Bloomington. The milk depot opened at 4 p.m. Tuesday.


Other Health News

CBS: New Guidelines Outline Back Pain Treatment
If you have an achy back, you’ve got company. As many as 80 percent of adults will have back pain. 

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy:  Saudi Arabia reports more MERS cases
The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) reported three new MERS-CoV cases over the weekend and two deaths, while the World Health Organization (WHO) released details on 17 cases of MERS, noting that a small healthcare-associated outbreak in Buraydah was officially over

Chicago Sun Times: The every guy workout
Guys, here’s a tip. When it comes to maximizing your time in the gym and making it more effective, be like Mike. Or Walter. Or Ryne. Or any other sports hero you admire.

Chicago Tribune: When children with mental illness can’t live at home
However, families that send their child to residential treatment programs often face judgment and misunderstanding. Mental illness, which is often treated as a taboo topic, is even more stigmatized in its youngest victims.

Food Safety News: Unpasteurized Milk Bill Part of Package To Boost Farm Income
The package includes cottage food legislation along with an agri-tourism section in addition to allowing milk to be sold without the benefit of pasteurization. All three topics are being explored by state lawmakers at a time when commodity prices are hurting and farmers and ranchers are nervous about possible changes in international trade.

Fox Health News: Salt reduction policies cost-effective even without health care savings
Government policies designed to reduce how much salt people eat may be cost-effective even without considering the potential healthcare savings, a recent study suggests.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Tracing the relationship between metabolism and immune response
The delicate balance between our metabolism and our body’s immune response has critical implications for a range of chronic noncommunicable diseases, including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In a new review paper, published February 9, 2017, in the journal Nature, Gökhan S. Hotamisligil, J.S. Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism and chair of the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, traces the evolution of this relationship.

Health Day: Is Marriage A Way To Divorce Yourself From Stress?  
If you are married, pause before you blurt out your answer.

Kaiser Health News: Former FDA Chief Cites 5 Things To Watch on Drug Approvals and Keeping Drugs Safe
The just-departed commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration has concerns about plans to speed up drug approvals and dramatically reduce regulations at the agency, as advocated recently by President Donald Trump.

Medical Daily: 3 Essential Tips For Beginners To Drop Pounds While Jogging
Don't forget to mix in some interval training. Running exercises a specific group of muscles, but you can’t neglect the rest of the body. Strength training is important for losing weight and avoiding injuries

Medical News Today: Sugar, Salt and Fat Taxes Could Save Billions In Health Care Costs
Australia could save AUD $3.4 billion (USD $2.3 billion) in healthcare costs over the remaining lifetimes of all Australians alive in 2010 by instituting a combination of taxes on unhealthy foods and subsidies on fruits and vegetables, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine by Linda Cobiac, from the University of Melbourne, Australia and colleagues.

Modern Healthcare: Why high risk pools won’t crack the pre-existing condition dilemma
Some Republican leaders are promoting state high-risk pools as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act's popular provision requiring health plans to accept consumers regardless of pre-existing medical conditions.

NBC News: Super-spreaders drove Ebola epidemic
The story is well known among Ebola experts - the traditional healer who died from the virus in Sierra Leone and whose body infected 13 mourners at her funeral, who in turn infected more than 300 other people.

New York Post: The most dangerous areas for body fat
Everyone has trouble spots — those patches of weight that are hard to conceal and harder to get rid of.

Reuters Health News: China, India account for half world’s pollution deaths
The U.S.-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) found that air pollution caused more than 4.2 million early deaths worldwide in 2015, making it the fifth highest cause of death, with about 2.2 million deaths in China and India.

STAT News: Bill And Melinda Gates Make the Case For Vaccines
Bill and Melinda Gates’ annual letter about the work of their philanthropic foundation is styled as a report to Warren Buffett, the business tycoon who has donated billions to their endeavor.

Time Health News: How 100,000 deaths a year could be prevented in the USA
One in three Americans have high blood pressure, which increases their risk for health problems like heart disease and stroke. Most people know that lowering blood pressure is a good idea to prevent those medical problems, but just how low a person should aim is being debated. In a new study, researchers argue that if people lowered their blood pressure even more dramatically than currently recommended, over 100,000 American lives could be saved.

United Press International: If You Forgot About Valentine’s Day, You’re Just Hurting Yourself
A team led by Harry Reis, professor of psychology at the U of R, studied 175 newlywed couples in North America who were married an average of 7 months.

US News and World Report: 6 ways to age well and save money doing it
Taking these steps could improve your longevity and fiscal health as well.

World Health Organization: The Yellow Fever Outbreak in Angola and The Congo Ends
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak in that country today following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016, bringing an end to the outbreak in both countries after no new confirmed cases were reported from both countries for the past six months.



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