Health in the Headlines: April 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.



Local Health Departments in the News

Daily Herald
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

Officials Compare Heroin Epidemic To Ebola Outbreak

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

Daily Herald
Tom Cullerton: "The governor prioritizes paper over people"

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.

Associated Press

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.

Secretary Tom Price wants to fix US healthcare

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.

NBC News
Zika-Fighting Sterile Mosquitoes Released Near Key West

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.

The News-Tribune
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, 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.

NBC News
Too Many People Stop Taking Heart Drugs, Study Finds

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.

ABC News
Las Vegas now has vending machines to dispense clean needles for IV drug users

Las Vegas now has a new tool to fight HIV and hepatitis C: vending machines that dispense clean needles.

ABC News
How a food writer struggling with mental illness found comfort through cooking

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.

Fox News
Sport-related concussions more common in high school girls

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.


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