Health in the Headlines: April 19, 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

Wheaton Patch

Dramatic STD Spike In DuPage
Over the past 15 years, there has been a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases reported in DuPage County according to the DuPage County Health Department.



Other Local Health Department News

Adams County Health Department Takes Important Step
A mobile clinic is scheduled to begin offering primary medical, behavioral and oral health care services at schools in Liberty, Payson, Mendon, Camp Point and Mount Sterling. This service will provide needed assistance in helping families get the services required to meet school medical examination requirements.



Other Health News

ABC News

More Than Half Of American Adults have tried Marijuana

A majority of American adults have tried marijuana at least once in their lives, according to a new Marist poll that was conducted in partnership with Yahoo.

ABC 7 Eyewitness News

Shocking Cost of Medical Helicopters

When your life is on the line in an emergency, you'll do anything to stay alive. Sometimes that means using an air ambulance or medical helicopter.

Boston Herald

Brain Health In Seniors Now A New Focus for Nutritionists

Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition.

CBS News

Botox tested to help treat depression and social anxiety

Army veteran Vivian Cooke has long struggled with debilitating depression. She has tried alternative therapies and medication to cope with her symptoms.

Chicago Tribune

Doctors once treated alcoholism with heroin.  Now, they want to treat heroin addiction with marijuana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some American physicians were persuaded that the best treatment for what was then called "alcoholism" or "inebriety" was morphine, an opiate. Even as late as the 1960s, researchers documented that a number of then-living morphine-addicted patients had been introduced to the drug by physicians as a treatment for their problem drinking.

CNN Health News
Two guidelines offer different answers to question of taking statins
When it comes to using statins to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, one leading US guideline recommends the drugs to 9 million more people than the other, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Fox Health News
First Date On CPR
A first date nearly turned tragic for one Kansas City woman and her date after he fell face-first on the restaurant’s marble floor, PEOPLE reported. Luckily, Janie Hall, of Joplin, knew CPR and ended up saving her unnamed date's life.

Health Day
Illness from Kissing Bug now widespread in USA
Investigators tested nearly 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County in California. They found that 1.3 percent had Chagas disease, which can cause life-threatening heart damage if not treated early.

Kaiser Health News

New worry for Smokers’ Families---Third hand smoke

New findings highlight the scientific community’s efforts to identify potential dangers of another byproduct of cigarettes that may slip past Miller’s precautions and affect his kids: “thirdhand smoke.”

Live Science

Hay fever and seasonal allergies; symptoms, causes and treatment

Itchy eyes, a congested nose, sneezing, wheezing and hives: these are symptoms of an allergic reaction to the environment caused when plants release pollen into the air, usually in the spring or fall. Many people use hay fever as a colloquial term for these seasonal allergies and the inflammation of the nose and airways.

Medical Daily
Effects of a high salt diet and the surprising link to hunger
It seems like you can’t drink enough water after eating a salty bag of chips, but a new study shows that a high-salt diet actually makes you less thirsty — and more hungry.

Medical News Today

Spotting the vaccine preventable diseases that are back in the waiting room
From rashes to puffy cheeks and persistent coughs, infectious diseases are a complex, everyday threat to human health. The introduction of vaccines was a revolutionary step in combating epidemic viruses and bacteria. However, during an age in which herd immunity is slipping and multidrug-resistant pathogens are on the rise, spotting infectious diseases can feel similar to detective work for many primary care physicians.

New York Daily News
Americans are more distressed than ever
Researchers analyzed Centers for Disease Control data and concluded that 3.4% of the adult U.S. population — more than 8.3 million — suffer from serious psychological distress, known as SPD.

New York Times
Too Clean for our baby’s good?
Many parents, quite reasonably, worry about germs and dirt finding their way into a child’s mouth. But many have also heard in recent years of the “hygiene hypothesis,” which holds that some exposure to germs and microorganisms in early childhood is actually good for us because it helps develop the immune system. A 2013 Swedish study, for example, showed that children whose parents just sucked their pacifiers clean had a lower risk of developing eczema.

Reuters Health News
Fine particles in traffic pollution tied to lower ‘good’ cholesterol
People who live near sources of heavy traffic exhaust may be at higher risk of heart disease because the fine particles in this type of pollution lower levels of “good” cholesterol needed for healthy blood flow, a U.S. study suggests.

Seattle Times

Berkeley’s sugary drink tax appears to be ‘working’
Sales of sugary drinks in Berkeley, Calif., declined nearly 10 percent in the year after the city imposed the nation’s first tax on soda, energy drinks and more, according to a new study.

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
Experts say Puerto Rico May Be Underreporting Zika Affected Births
The number of babies born in Puerto Rico with microcephaly and other birth defects caused by the Zika virus appears to be unexpectedly low — so low that experts are beginning to question whether the actual count is being significantly underreported by authorities on the island.

Time Health News

Does taking antidepressants cause autism

Pregnant women who have depression face a difficult decision when it comes to using antidepressants to treat their symptoms. On one hand, treating depression is critical for the mother’s wellbeing, and that translates to the baby’s health, as well. But some studies have shown that being exposed to antidepressants in utero can contribute to an increase in developmental conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism. To make matters more confusing, other research has shown that the drugs are safe for the developing fetus.

United Press International

Body Zink Supply May Affect Heart Health

Previous research has shown that a severe lack of zinc is associated with increased cellular stress, however, such an extreme shortage is considered very rare.


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