Health in the Headlines: May 15, 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

McDonough Voice
Think Before You Pick
It pays to think twice before plucking a tempting furniture find from the curb.
That free piece of furniture discarded by a departing student or opportunistic resident could end up costing you in some cases as much as $4,000 if it’s harboring bedbugs or another infestation, according to Chris Adams, the McDonough County Health Department’s environmental director.
“We’d strongly advise against anybody taking anything” from the curb, he said. “It’s a ‘buyer beware’ (situation). You’re opening yourself up to bringing in anything – it could be cockroaches, bedbugs...There’s always potential there that you could be introducing something in your house or coming in contact with something you don’t really want to come in contact with.“

Pekin Daily Times
Illegal Dumping in Tazewell County Poses Health Risk
Along a rural railroad access road near South Pekin is a stretch of wooded area littered with old couches and chairs, car parts, a gas tank, old cars, hundreds of tires and much more. But new to that stretch of road this week was a mile-long stretch that looks like someone drove through the road while someone on the back of the truck dumped bags of raw garbage, collectable figurines and plate ware, garden hoses, a car generator and gas tank, food, composition books, children’s books, just to name a few items.



Other Health News

ABC News
Why the ‘exercise pill’ isn’t likely to eliminate the gym anytime soon

Recent headlines touting the benefits of an "exercise pill" have teased the idea that it could be possible to skip the gym and stay fit. But a new study released this month, which takes a closer look at how the drug GW501516 acts on the body's metabolism, shows the alleged benefits aren't all that new and the potential risks could be significant.

ABC 7 Eyewitness News
Are Surgery Centers Safe?
"Before you opt for surgery at an ambulatory surgery center that is not affiliated with a hospital, check the center's certification. Some may not be held to the same standards as hospitals," Umansky said.

Associated Press
Oh Crap, Michelle Obama Criticizes Trump School Lunch Decision
Michelle Obama on Friday criticized a Trump administration decision to delay federal rules aimed at making school lunch healthier, saying kids will end up "eating crap" instead.

BBC Health News
Zika Virus Threat Declared Over By Brazil
The number of cases dropped 95% between January and April, compared to the same period a year ago, officials said.

CBS News
UK hospitals turn away patients after ‘ransomware’ attack
NHS Digital, which oversees hospital cybersecurity, says the attack used the Wanna Decryptor variant of malware, which holds affected computers hostage while the attackers demand a ransom. The investigation is still in early stages, according to NHS. 

Chicago Tribune
Does the essential oil trend pass the smell test?
The memory of the woozy woman slumped in her wheelchair still gets to Sandy McGurran, coordinator of integrative therapies for Fairview Homecare and Hospice. McGurran was doing a home visit with the patient, who was recovering from a stroke and gagging from nausea.

CNN Health News
Ebola Kills At Least One Person In Congo, According to WHO
An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo that began April 22 has resulted in at least one death and possibly two others, according to the World Health Organization.

Food Safety News
Research shows food safety gaps in home delivery meal kits
Speaking on the final day of  the 2017 Food Safety Summit in a session on “Home Delivery,” the professor of human ecology presented results of a Rutgers-Tennessee State University study that looked into the integrity of home-delivered dinners. Professor Bill Hallman said researchers placed orders for delivery of 169 meal kits, including entrees of 271 meat items, 235 seafood items, 133 game items, and 39 poultry items. What the researchers  found raised concerns about pathogens, packaging, labeling and cold-chain integrity.

FOX Health News
Almost forgotten disease blamed for rash outbreak
A mysterious outbreak of an itchy rash among workers at an herbal supplement factory turned out to be caused by an "almost forgotten disease," a new study from Poland finds.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
E-cigarette emissions appear to contain pollutants
Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now regulates electronic cigarettes, it has not yet developed standards for testing them or for acceptable levels of chemicals emitted when users exhale. A study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers found that emissions from tobacco and menthol flavored e-cigarettes do contain some industrial pollutants, warranting further research.

Health Day
Can experimental nasal spray treat common heart problem?
The spray, called Etripamil, was tested in patients with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT). PSVT affects about 500,000 Americans and leads to more than 50,000 hospital visits a year in the United States.

Live Science
You smell great; nose as good as a dog
It's rare that people consciously take in the smells around them, but a new review argues that the human sense of smell is more powerful than it's usually given credit for, and that it plays a bigger role in human health and behavior than many medical experts realize.

Medical Daily
Why writing your feelings in a journal isn’t always good for you
In the new study, the team found that journaling post divorce could actually make your heart healthier, however, previous research by the university indicated that doing so could make more depressed.

Medical News Today
Experts define ‘Obesity’ as a disease
In their paper, Dr. G.A. Bray, from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and colleagues explain how their consensus statement follows a controversial debate that has been ongoing for a hundred years, and which has culminated in more and more medical bodies - including the American Medical Association - agreeing that obesity is a disease.

MSN Health News
Man gets parasite infection after eating sushi
Sushi may sound like a healthy choice, but if it's not prepared properly, raw fish can carry some pretty icky parasites. That's what sent a 32-year-old Portuguese man to the emergency room with vomiting, severe gastrointestinal pain, and a low grade fever, according to a new case study.

New York Daily News
The Sloth’s Guide To Boosting Well-Being
Exercise is known for its mood-boosting benefits. But, hey, couch potatoes, you don’t even have to break a sweat to snap out of the blues, according to a new study. If you’re sedentary, simply walking at a slow pace for a quarter of an hour (that’s maybe four or five songs on your phone) can ease depression.

New York Post
Keeping secrets is bad for you
A new study at Columbia University found that bottling up secrets can lead to a lower sense of well-being.

Reuters Health News
Aetna CEO urges debate on ‘single payer’ healthcare
"I think government-run healthcare would be a bad idea," Bertolini said during an investor conference on Frida. The government's recent attempt at running healthcare under former President Barack Obama's healthcare law has not gone well, he said.

Stat Health News
Gravity Blanket raised 3 million with claim to treat anxiety, then the promise was deleted
A“Gravity blanket” on Kickstarter that claimed to use cozy pressure to treat anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions has been taking the internet by storm, raising more than $3 million. But on Thursday, the company quietly deleted the bold medical claims on its crowdfunding site — language that violated Kickstarter policy and went against FDA recommendations — after STAT inquired about its promotional statements.

Time Health News
Hepatitis C is Spiking Among Young
Cases of hepatitis C in the United States have nearly tripled within a five-year period, reaching a new 15-year high of around 34,000 new hepatitis C infections in 2015, federal health officials reported. Experts attribute the higher rates to more injection drug use during the ongoing opioid epidemic.


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