Health in the Headlines: March 20, 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 News

ABC News: Minimum Wage Hikes Could Deepen shortage of Health Aides
Only 17 snowy miles from the Canadian border, Katie Bushey's most basic needs are met by traveling health aides who come into her home to change her diapers, track her seizures, spoon-feed her fettucine Alfredo and load her wheelchair into the shower.

ABC 7 News: New Technology Helps Unclog Leg Arteries
Eight million American adults struggle with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, every year. It's a build-up of plaque that blocks the blood flow in the legs, or feet. Newly-approved technology is providing quick relief to patients, while lowering the risk of side effects.

Associated Press: No Opiods Please
The ease of relapsing into opioid addiction has led a growing number of states to help residents make it clear to medical professionals they do not want to be prescribed the powerful painkillers

Baltimore Sun: University of Maryland Receives $1.5 Million To Create Health Care Innovation Center
The center intends to provide an encouraging environment where doctors, medical students, nurses and other practitioners think in new ways about how to improve the doctor-patient relationship as a means of improving health care delivery, according to university officials who announced the funding Thursday.

BBC Health News: Hot Chocolate Has More Salt Than Packet of Crisps
A mug of hot chocolate can have more salt than a packet of ready salted crisps, a campaign group says.

Boston Herald: Wellness Wins At Workshop
Enthusiasts and experts from the New England wellness community gathered for a day of talks, workshops, yoga and healthy food. Topics included eating well, financial wellness, restful sleep and sensible style.

CBS News: Should Companies Be allowed to demand your genetic Test results?
Your genetic profile can reveal whether you have a disease or a predisposition to problems like cancer. So there is concern over a bill that would let companies request genetic testing, and effectively charge employees more for health insurance if they refuse.

Chicago Sun-Times: Quality As Important As Quantity of Sleep
You got enough hours in, you didn’t wake up during the night, and, the crowning achievement — you woke up ready to get out of bed.

Chicago Tribune: New cholesterol drug lowers heart attack risk but gives you sticker shock
A long-acting cholesterol medicine cuts the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that's likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost.

CNN Health: Prescriptions May Hold Clues To Who Gets Hooked On Opioids
The duration of a prescription may give clues into how long a person ends up using a narcotic painkiller, a new study finds.

FOOD SAFETY NEWS: Federal Court Shuts Down Powder Milk Producer
Additional U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement against Valley Milk Products LLC was taken last week. In  civil action, the government and Valley Milk Products LLC entered into a consent decree of condemnation, and U.S. District Court for the Western Division of Virginia issued an order for a permanent injunction against any distribution of adulterated milk powder products.

Fox News Health: Small Brazil City on Edge After Man Dies From Yellow Fever

This small city in the state of Rio de Janeiro is on high alert after authorities confirmed the death of one man by yellow fever and are investigating several other possible cases.

Health Day: Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet To Safeguard Your Kids
When you learn that just 1 in 5 Americans locks up prescription drugs, it's not surprising to hear that thousands of children are treated for accidental medication overdoses each year.

Live Science: These 3 superbugs pose the greatest threat to human health
The World Health Organization is issuing a warning about a group of deadly bacteria: Recently, the WHO released its first-ever listof "priority pathogens," a list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that the organization says pose the greatest threat to human health.

Medical Daily: Does Butter in Coffee burn Fat?  
If you're a coffeeholic and struggling with weight loss, the idea of drinking coffee to lose fat is alluring. Celebrities like Ed Sheeran have boasted about Bulletproof coffee, a high-fat breakfast creation that claims to promote weight loss. But, can drinking fat really make you burn fat?

Medical News Today:  Women do not meet Nutrition Guidelines Shortly Before Pregnancy
Black, Hispanic and less-educated women consume a less nutritious diet than their well-educated, white counterparts in the weeks leading up to their first pregnancy, according to the only large-scale analysis of preconception adherence to national dietary guidelines.

Naperville Sun: Heads Shaved For Cancer Research
While hundreds of people gathered at the Chicago Naperville Marriott on Saturday to raise money for pediatric cancer research, organizers of the St. Baldrick's event reflected on how much has changed since they created the annual fundraiser in 2004.

New York Daily News: Why are Women Always Cold?
Your mom is not jacking up your thermostat when she comes to visit just to be ornery. She really is cold. Or maybe you're the perpetually-chilly person, dragging an afghan around the house from your shoulders. If you're constantly defending yourself against the jibes of your sockless teens, it's not you so much as it's your … age.

New York Post: Company recalls 21,000 pounds of pizza
A California-based company is recalling more than 21,200 pounds of frozen pizza sold at Walmart retail stores in 11 states due to potential listeria contamination. RBR Meat Company Inc. issued the recall for its Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza after possible listeria was discovered during routine sampling.

Reuters Health News: Republicans Revamp Health Bill, Boost Benefits To Older Americans
U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday.



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