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.
Local Health Departments in the News
Suburban counties rate well in health rankings
Though DuPage County lost its crown as the healthiest community in Illinois, new health rankings show the suburban collar counties continue to supply some of the best and longest living in the state
Local officials would like people to start being as concerned about the heroin epidemic as they were when the Ebola virus erupted as a worldwide health concern.
Other Health News
Illinois is currently paying $2.4 million to rent space in Springfield to store Department of Human Services' records in a warehouse that could have been bought for $750,000.
TRUMP EXTENDS PRIVATE-SECTOR HEALTH CARE PROGRAM FOR VETS
President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday to temporarily extend a program that lets some veterans seek medical care in the private sector, part of an effort by the president to deliver on a campaign promise.
While President Donald Trump insisted Congress repeal Obamacare within his first 100 days, the legislation was rushed, according to his Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price, and that's why the Republicans failed.
Thousands of bacteria-infected mosquitoes were released in the wild Tuesday near Key West, testing a new way to kill mosquitoes that carry Zika and other viruses.
Hyland's teething tablets recalled for toxic herb
The maker of Hyland's teething tablets has issued a recall for any remaining packages at the urging of U.S. regulators, who say the medicine has inconsistent levels of a herb that can be poisonous.
Food Safety News
Crowdsourcing was right about Weston Jimmy John’s outbreak
Iwaspoisoned.com, the crowdsourcing site for safer dining, was correct in finding norovirus was making people sick after they ate at the Weston Jimmy John’s near Wausau, WI.
Within two years after a heart attack, nearly one in five people stop taking life-saving cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, according to a new U.S. study.
Las Vegas now has a new tool to fight HIV and hepatitis C: vending machines that dispense clean needles.
When David Leite was a young boy, his mother used to write notes all over a banana every morning and leave them at his seat at the breakfast table. She called him "banana head" for fun, he said, and every day, there would be a new message from her.
In high school sports played by both girls and boys, girls are about 50 percent more likely to get a concussion, according to a recent U.S. study.
WSPD TV 6 Paducah
AP Exclusive: Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study
Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.