Health in the Headlines: February 16, 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

Bloomington Pantagraph: Interim Director Named To Lead Health Department
The longtime assistant administrator of the McLean County Health Department has been named interim director as the county Board of Health searches for a long-term replacement for Director Walt Howe.

Herald Whig: Changing Sewer Rules For Rural Houses Are Complicated
Don't ask Tony Dede of the Adams County Health Department for the simplified version of septic system requirements for rural homes.


Other Health News

Associated Press: AP, HHMI Collaborate on Expanded Science, Health Coverage
The Associated Press is teaming up with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education to expand its coverage of science, medicine and health journalism.

BBC News: Autism detectable in brain long before symptoms appear
The earliest that children tend to be diagnosed at present is at the age of two, although it is often later.

Bloomberg: President points to Humana withdrawal as Sign of Obamacare failure
Health insurer Humana Inc. plans to exit all Obamacare marketplaces for 2018, another blow to the government health law that’s already facing the threat of repeal or significant alteration by Republicans and President Donald Trump.

CBS: Rat-spread disease kills 1 person, sickens 2 in NYC officials say
A disease spread by rats has been blamed for killing one person and sickening at least two others in a building in the New York City borough of the Bronx, reports CBS New York.

CBS 2 Chicago News: For the Sleep Deprived, Can A Song Be the Cure?
Millions of Americans, women in particular, have problems falling asleep or staying asleep. A new idea may help.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy:  Zika studies yield more fetal infection and testing clues, show persistence in breast milk
In the latest Zika research developments, experiments on placental cells suggest a window of vulnerability for developing fetuses, and amniotic fluid and other testing during pregnancy show that positive Zika findings can be transient, adding to surveillance challenges.

Chicago Sun Times: Consult Doctor Before Moving Kids To Vegan Diet
Unlike a vegetarian diet, which cuts out meat, poultry and fish, the vegan approach eliminates all animal-based products. It centers instead on whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and leafy greens

Chicago Tribune: Germs, mold found in some medical marijuana
Medical marijuana carries infectious bacteria and fungi that can pose a life-threatening risk to cancer patients who use pot to help with side effects of chemotherapy, a new study suggests.

CNN News: New dads risk depression too
Many men might describe expecting a baby as a joyous time in their life, but for some, a bundle of joy might be linked to a greater risk of depression.

Deseret News: Rat Borne Seoul Virus Diagnosed in Utah
It what sounds like fake news, Rats raised to be pets are responsible for what is now a 15-state outbreak of Seoul virus, which is a rare form of hantavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC tied cases in Illinois and Wisconsin to a rat-breeding facility, or rattery, in Illinois. Whether there's a link between that facility and the Utah rattery is part of the local investigation, said Aislynn Tolman-Hill, Utah County Health Department spokesperson. That rattery had closed well before the virus was detected in the individual.

Food Safety News: 90,000 Hepatitis A Follow Up Shots Come Due In Hawaii
More than 90,000 people received the first shot of a two-injection Hepatitis A vaccination in the second half of 2016, and that means more than 90,000 follow-up injections are coming due in the Aloha State.

Fox Health News: Smokers May Be Less Likely to Survive Colon Cancer
Current smokers diagnosed with colorectal cancer are more likely to die from it than former smokers or people who never tried cigarettes, a recent study suggests.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health:
Is Precision Nutrition Hype Or Hope?
Precision medicine—tailoring drugs and therapies to a person’s genetic profile—has been touted in recent years as a way to maximize the benefits of treatment while minimizing side effects. Experts are now wondering if personalizing an individual’s diet according to their DNA profile—called precision nutrition—can also improve health.

Health Day: Another Reason To Go To Nice Respectful Professional Surgeons 
Surgeons with a history of patient complaints regarding their personalities or attitude are also more likely to make mistakes in the operating room, a new study finds.

The Hill: GOP Eyeing Major Change TO Medicaid In Obamacare Bill?
Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), the vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee, told reporters that Republicans are looking to include an idea known as "per capita caps" for Medicaid in the fast-track reconciliation bill used to repeal ObamaCare. 

Medical Daily: Why are your muscles sore after exercise and what to do about it
"The soreness a person feels is the body saying it is fatigued, that the muscles are vulnerable, and it's time to rest,” explained researcher Dr. Bradley Launikonis.

National Institutes of Health: NIH research helps explain how antibody treatment led to sustained remission of HIV like virus
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have found that the presence of the protein alpha-4 beta-7 integrin on the surface of HIV and its monkey equivalent — simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV — may help explain why an antibody protected monkeys from SIV in previous experiments.

New York Post: Millennials are more depressed at work than any generation
A growing body of research suggests that young workers are increasingly adding mental health days to their personal days, and young women are particularly at risk.

Reuters Health News: ‘Speed’ & Other Recreational Stimulants Tied To Heart Damage
Middle-aged adults who use recreational amphetamines like “speed,” “ecstasy” or “ice” may develop a prematurely aging heart and experience health problems normally associated with older people, a recent study suggests

Time Health News: Strongest Evidence Yet that Belly Fat Is Harmful
Carrying extra weight around your middle could mean more than just too-tight pants: You may have a higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study of more than 400,000 people published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors say that their findings provide the strongest evidence yet that belly fat is directly linked to the development of chronic disease.

United Press International: America in 2017 Is Stressed
"The stress we're seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it's hard for Americans to get away from it," said Katherine Nordal. She's executive director for professional practice at the American Psychological Association, which conducted the poll.


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