Health in the Headlines: April 18, 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

Outbreak News

Dramatic Increase in STDs in DuPage
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.



Other Local Health Department News

Emergency Preparedness is On Schedule
The Bureau County Health Department is also part of an 8-county Public Health Bioterrorism preparedness Region. The Illinois Department of Public Health has employed an Emergency Response Coordinator for this Region to assist in planning. If an attack should occur, the health department and other federal, state, and local emergency responder agencies have plans in place to minimize the risk and treat those who may become ill.



Other Health News

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

More Details Emerge on Avian Flu Cases in Tibet

Provincial and local officials recently shared more information about recent H7N9 avian flu cases in Tibet and Beijing, two locations far from the epicenter of recent cases.

Chicago Tribune

Health Officials Warn of Measles Outbreak in Ann Arbor
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the second confirmed case Friday. It said the two individuals are not related but both were passengers on the same flight while the first individual was contagious.

CNN Health News
Are Eggs Healthy?
First of all, they are a nutrient-dense food. They contain high-quality protein, meaning eggs offer all nine essential amino acids that can't be made by humans and therefore must come from our diets. Protein in eggs can help build and preserve muscle as well as boost satiety, both of which are important for weight control.

Health Day
Regular Physical Education Builds More than Fitness
Frequent "phys ed" classes not only improve fitness, they also encourage healthy living, finds a study from Oregon State University.

Live Science

People with Mental Illness Struggle With Health Disparities

Despite the implementation of major health care reforms in the United States, people with mental health conditions are still finding it difficult to get the health care services they need, according to a new study

Medical Daily
Why Lyme Disease May Be a Public Health Problem this year
Talk of an upcoming antibiotic-resistant superbug incites fear and paranoia, but there is one potential outbreak that gets little attention, even though some say it’s coming as early as this year. Lyme disease is on the verge of causing a public health emergency, according to Dr. Richard Ostfeld, a disease ecologist, who spoke to New Scientist about the issue.

Medical News Today

Low Fat Milk, Yogurt May Reduce Depression Risk
In a study of more than 1,000 adults from Japan, researchers found that those who consumed a higher amount of low-fat milk and yogurt were less likely to develop symptoms of depression, compared with those who consumed lower amounts of these dairy products.

NBC News
You Still Need To Talk Health Insurance on Your Tax Form
Federal income taxes are due TODAY and, likely for several million people, so is a fine for failing to get health insurance.

NBC 5 Chicago
Overcoming Opioids: The Quest for Less Addictive Drugs
Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home on just over-the-counter ibuprofen.

New York Daily News
At least one study says Gin speeds metabolism
Researchers there found that the gin triggers an “after burn” effect that upped body’s ability to burn calories for an hour after it is drunk. That’s how long it takes the liver to process the alcohol.

New York Post
What should you eat for breakfast to have a productive day?
The saying goes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – but apparently only if you eat the right thing.

New York Times
The cost of not taking your medicine
The numbers are staggering. “Studies have consistently shown that 20 percent to 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled, and that approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed,” according to a review in Annals of Internal Medicine. People who do take prescription medications — whether it’s for a simple infection or a life-threatening condition — typically take only about half the prescribed doses.

Reuters Health News
Mentally Ill Not Accessing Health Care
More than 8 million American adults suffer from serious psychological distress, and they’re less likely to access healthcare services than other people, a U.S. study suggests.

Seattle Times

Americans Think Pot Is Safer Than Opioids, But Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Use
Americans think it’s safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain, but they were less comfortable with children and pregnant women using pot to treat medical conditions, according to a new Yahoo/Marist poll released Monday.

State Journal Register

Drug Disposal Event Set For 29th
“Primarily, there is an environmental purpose. People end up flushing (medications) down the toilet, which is not good for the water supply,” Homrig said. “And some prescriptions, like opioids, they can get in the wrong hands, perhaps adolescents or others who have developed an addiction to them.”

STATS Health News
Rethinking Dialysis and giving patients choices
Catherine Burgoyne hated what was happening to her. At the age of 92, she had suddenly lost her cherished independence. A fall led to kidney failure, which led to dialysis, which led to the need to tie her wrists to the hospital bed rails.

Time Health News

8 Healthy Ways to Use Natural Sweeteners

You don’t always need to reach for the sugar to add sweetness. Plenty of fruits and vegetables are wonderfully sweet already and come bundled with nutrients, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidant benefits. They also add tenderness to baked goods and fantastic color to sauces and smoothies. These tips will help you use more natural sweeteners in the kitchen and keep your added sugar intake in check.

United Press International

Most Mentally Ill Women Not Getting Cervical Cancer Screenings

"The results of this very large study indicate that we need to better prioritize cervical cancer screening for these high-risk women with severe mental illnesses," said study senior author Dr. Christina Mangurian. She's an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.

US News and World Report
7 tips for talking to your kids about opioid dangers

How should parents talk to their kids about the lethal dangers of opioid addicton? What age is appropriate for such a discussion? How can mothers and fathers connect with their kids without having them tune out?

Washington Post

Why it’s a bad idea to space out your child’s vaccination shots
With so many vaccines being required for young children today, some parents are asking their doctors whether they can space out or delay the vaccine schedule. They’re concerned that too many vaccines might overwhelm their child's immune system. Parents also worry that getting more than one shot at a time increases the pain and stress.


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