Health in the Headlines: April 17, 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

Don’t wait ‘till it hurts.  April is STD Awareness Month—Get Tested
Cases of reported sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea have risen dramatically in DuPage County since 2000. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that syphilis, once nearing elimination, is thriving



Local Health Department News

Peoria Star Journal
Liquor Isn’t quicker for Health Department
The Peoria City/County Health Department has added the inspection of establishments that serve alcohol to its list of duties.




Other Health News

ABC News
Believe it or not; Mumps Outbreak In Texas Reaches 23 Year High
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported there have been 221 cases of mumps in the state this year, the highest number since 1994 when 234 cases were reported. College students in particular have been among the hardest hit by the virus, which spreads through close personal contact and can result in swollen glands, fever and headache.

Associated Press

Insurers want President to stabilize Obamacare
While calling the administration action a step in the right direction, the industry is looking for a guarantee that the government will also keep paying billions in "cost-sharing" subsidies that help consumers with high deductibles. President Donald Trump says he hasn't made up his mind on that.

BBC Health News

Touchscreen toddlers sleep less
Toddlers who spend time playing on smartphones and tablets seem to get slightly less sleep than those who do not, say researchers.

CBS News
Lawsuit Aims to Ban Hot Dogs, Processed Meats In School Lunches
The Los Angeles school district should not be allowed to serve hot dogs and other processed meats to students because those products increase the risk of cancer, according to a lawsuit filed this week by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Centers for Disease Control And Prevention
Plan ahead for Spring Weather to Avoid Injuries
Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. Mark Twain once said, "In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours."

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

Huge genome study dissects Ebola outbreak’s spread

The largest genome sample ever analyzed for a human epidemic reveals that the West Africa epidemic unfolded with small, overlapping outbreaks as the virus spread over short distances and that urban settings amplified the spread.

Food Safety News

State oyster recall underway over norovirus
Due to multiple reports of oyster-associated Norovirus-like illnesses, Washington State is conducting a recall for all shellfish harvested from 3/15/17 to 4/11/17 from the implicated portion of the Hammersley Inlet growing area.   The area of the recall has been closed.

Fox Health News

Eight Month Old Weighing 38 Pounds Baffles Doctors, intrigues pro scouts

An 8-month-old baby in India who weighs as much as a healthy 4-year-old has left doctors stumped over what could be causing her rabid appetite. Chahat Kumar, who weighs 38 pounds, was born a healthy baby without any complications, The Sun reported.

Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet
6 Ways Sleep Deprivation Hurts Your Health
We all know a solid amount of snooze time is crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We attempt to get our recommended seven to nine hours and try not to mess with our natural REM cycle too much. But while sleep may seem simple enough, it actually affects your body in a number of ways you probably didn’t realize. Check out how sleep deprivation impacts your health and well-being.

Health Day
Better Health Argument Won’t Always Work to Pass Soda Tax
Philadelphia lawmakers weren't able to get a soda tax passed on health benefits alone last year, researchers report.

Kaiser Health News
Can We Tax Away The Opioid Crisis?
California lawmakers this month will consider legislation that would impose a tax on prescription opioids such as OxyContin and Norco to raise money for addiction treatment and prevention programs.

Medical Daily
Teen’s Need For Lung Transplant Goes To Pot
Nineteen-year-old Riley Hancey, who was once an active teenager, got a severe form of pneumonia in November and within 10 days of being hospitalized, his lungs collapsed, according to, a local Utah news site.

Medical News Today

Children Notice What Adults Miss
In two studies, researchers found that adults were very good at remembering information they were told to focus on, and ignoring the rest. In contrast, 4- to 5-year-olds tended to pay attention to all the information that was presented to them - even when they were told to focus on one particular item. That helped children to notice things that adults didn't catch because of the grownups' selective attention.

NBC News
Heroin Crisis---Nevada Becomes First State To Install Syringe Vending Machines
But the syringe exchange vending machines, a first in the United States, aren't open to just anyone walking by. They are accessible to clients of Trac-B Exchange, a program run by the Las Vegas Hard Reduction Center.

NBC 5 Chicago
Hyland’s Teething Tablets Recalled Over Toxic Herb Levels
Hyland's teething tablets are being recalled nationwide due to inconsistent levels of toxic belladonna, which U.S. regulators say makes them a serious health hazard to young children.

New York Daily News
Tanning Addicts More Likely to Be Alcoholics
Turns out "tanning dependent" people are not only more likely to overindulge in adult beverages, they also run a high risk of "exercise addiction."  Also, tanning addiction is a real thing.

New York Post
There’s another mosquito carrying Zika Virus
Traces of the Zika virus have been found in a second mosquito species — a bloodsucker quite at home in New York, according to a troubling new study.

Reuters Health News
Unexplained chest pain may signal higher heart attack risk
But doctors should take it as a possible warning sign because even when the pain is not readily explainable by heart-related or other causes, these people have a higher risk of heart attacks and other cardiac problems over the next five years, researchers say.

Time Health News

A cautionary tale about antibiotics
Antibiotics are prescribed to treat infections from head to toe—from bronchitis to urinary tract infections (UTIs). But doctors and patients are increasingly learning more about the alarming side effects of one particular class called fluoroquinolones, which include Cipro and Levaquin. Rare cases of severe tendon damage associated with the use of the drug, among other side effects, have been reported in recent years.

United Press International

Water better than sports drinks for young athletes

Most youngsters don't exert themselves at an intensity or duration that requires the extra sugar and salt contained in sports drinks, said Dr. Matthew Silvis. He is director of primary care sports medicine at Penn State Health Medical Center.


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