Health in the Headlines: May 16, 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 in the News

DuPage County Health Department News
Milton Township Improves Mosquito Abatement Services
This summer, residents of Milton Township will be better protected against West Nile Virus thanks to the collaborative efforts of the township, Wheaton and Glen Ellyn mosquito abatement districts.


Local Health Departments in the News

Alton Daily News
Health Department offers free mammograms
The Madison County Health Department wants to remind women over 40 years of age in the county that even if you don't have health insurance, you can still receive free breast exams and mammograms.   The Illinois Department of Public health helps in funding the program that also includes free pelvic exams and pap smears.

Illinois Business Daily
Peoria County Ranks Bottom Third
Peoria County has been ranked in the bottom third for the health of its residents compared to all other counties in Illinois. The study was released by the University of Wisconsin in its annual County Health Rankings.



Other Health News

ABC News
A suicide at 8? Very rare but not inconceivable
Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco's office has ruled Gabriel's death a suicide, but she said last week that she was reopening the investigation to re-examine the boy's injuries and whether there were contributing factors to his death.

ABC 7 Eyewitness News
Too much caffeine led to heart problems for teen
A coroner says a 16-year-old South Carolina high school student who collapsed and died in a classroom had heart problems caused by drinking too much caffeine.

BBC Health News
Yemen Emergency As Cholera Kills Scores
The Red Cross says the number of suspected cases in the country has tripled in a week to more than 8,500.

Food Safety News
126 Tons of Meat And Poultry Burritos Recalled For Listeria Hysteria
The Las Cruces, NM-based Green Chile Food Company Saturday recalled approximately 252,854 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry frozen burrito products because they may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

FOX Health News
What does drinking 77 percent alcohol do to you?
Drinking a 77 percent spirit as if it were 40 percent alcohol, as advertised on the label, could result in higher impairment, sickness, stomach irritation and more, said Aaron White, senior scientific advisor to the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in the U.S. 

Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet
Beyond Alzheimer’s—7 types of Dementia everyone needs to know about
Even though most people would prefer not to think about death, dementia’s prevalence is all but forcing us to ponder our mortality sooner than we’d like. Despite recent research suggesting cases of cognitive decline are actually decreasing, there are still plenty of scientific minds who think we could be on the cusp of a serious problem. One study went so far as to suggest we’ll see 13.8 million cases of dementia in the U.S. by 2050, which is nearly a three-fold increase.

Health Day
Better Treatment May Prevent Hundreds of Thousands of Strokes
Hundreds of thousands of strokes might be prevented in the United States each year if more people with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation took blood-thinning medications, a new study estimates.

Live Science
Measles outbreak caused by anti-vax campaign, say officials
A recent measles outbreak that has thus far sickened dozens of Somali-Americans in Minnesota — nearly all of them children — can be traced to anti-vaccination campaigns that targeted Somali-Americans and suggested that vaccines are linked to autism, health officials said.

Medical Daily
Why drinking raw milk is never a good idea
A study, scheduled to be published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, showed that in the United States, unpasteurized products cause 840 times more illnesses and 45 times more hospitalizations than pasteurized products.

Medical News Today
Symptoms, early signs and complications of Type 2 diabetes
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.

NBC News
Vaccine Debate Vexes Vermont Ski Resort Town
Stowe is an unlikely new front in the ongoing battle between a small but very vocal and organized group of vaccine critics and public health experts, physician groups and parents who say that message endangers children. Many of the speakers scheduled for the Stowe meeting have been blamed for an outbreak of measles in Minnesota that's now sickened 54 people and put more than a dozen children into the hospital.

NBC 5 Chicago
School Districts Brace For Changes In Medicaid Distribution
Medicaid currently reimburses schools a percentage of the cost of the eligible services they provide to poor and disabled students, but could turn into a fixed, per-person amount

New York Daily News
Low heart rate?  You may be a stalker
Having a low resting heart rate — often linked to aggression and violence — is now associated with stalking in men, according to a new study.

Reuters Health News
Many USA Daycare Centers May Lack Plans For Pandemic Flu
Researchers surveyed directors of licensed childcare centers in 2008 and again in 2016, to assess flu prevention measures before and after the 2009 pandemic outbreak of a new strain of H1N1 influenza. Among other things, they looked at flu prevention activities like daily health checks for kids, infection control training for staff, communicating with parents about illness and immunization requirements for children and staff.

State Journal Register
Critics say high risk pool for pre-existing conditions would be inadequate

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.

STAT Health News
How effective is medication assisted treatment for addiction? United Press International
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price sparked a firestorm last week with his comments about medication-assisted treatment, saying that “if we’re just substituting one opioid for another, we’re not moving the dial much” in the nation’s opioid epidemic. Notably, the former surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, took him to task on Twitter for, as he put it, moving away from evidence-based treatment proto

United Press International
Researchers find a new target for antidepressants
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center found the brain's mu opioid receptors are responsible for the depression-relieving effects of tianeptine.

US News and World Report
Understanding coronary artery disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in America, but experts say it doesn't have to be this way. There are plenty of steps you can take to both prevent and manage coronary artery disease.

Washington Post
Keep these healthy snacks at your desk to stave off midday hunger
You eat a big breakfast and even a satisfying lunch, but it never fails that by 3 p.m. you’re famished. Though the office vending machine, with all of its not-so-healthy options, may be good for a quick fix, a better long-term solution would be to stash away a few healthy snacks at your desk. But which ones?

Yahoo Health News
16 Struggles Only Moms With Depression Will Understand
Depression is the most common mental illness in America, affecting more than 15 million people - one in ten will suffer from depression at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. And if that stat isn't depressing enough, women account for two-thirds of all cases. Yet even though so many women suffer from it, one of the hallmarks of depression is feeling utterly alone in your suffering - especially if you're a mom.


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