Health in the Headlines: May 17, 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

Algonquin Patch
Mumps Case Confirmed at Jacobs High
A student at Jacobs High School in Algonquin has contracted mumps, school officials said Monday. The district learned of the confirmed mumps case on Monday and is now taking steps ensure the health and safety of the rest of its student population and taking steps to prevent the spread of mumps, Superintendent Fred Heid wrote in a letter to parents. One of those steps will include not allowing students who have compromised immune systems or who have not received the mumps vaccine and had direct contact with the student who has mumpbs to attend school for the rest of the year, Heid said.

Journal Gazette and Times Courier
Community Garden in place at Coles Health Department
The yields as well as the work are open to almost anyone at the new community garden located at the Coles County Health Department building.



Other Health News

ABC News
Gestational diabetes may increase with warmer days
Diabetes during pregnancy has long frustrated doctors trying to discern why some women are more at risk for the disease than others. Though some factors have been associated with increased risk for the condition, including age, family history, excess weight and race, many questions remain.

Associated Press
Progress reducing USA uninsured rate comes to a halt
The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 28.6 million people were uninsured in 2016, unchanged from 2015. It was the first year since passage of the health care overhaul in 2010 that the number of uninsured did not budge.

BBC Health News
Road Kill?  Accidents are biggest global killer of teens
In 2015, more than 1.2 million adolescents died. Road injuries were to blame for about one in 10 of these deaths.

Boston Herald
Quit telling your child he/she is ‘amazing’
Webb said millennial parents, who “helicopter” more than the generation before them, could struggle with this. As parents interact with children, it’s important they offer honest feedback, she said. That means if Chris is a horrible violinist, don’t tell him he’s a great one. White lies could lead to problems down the road.  

CBS News
Physician burnout is on the rise
If you've ever worried that your doctor seems burned out on the job, you may be right. Physicians are busier than ever, and hospitals are worried that as their staff gets overwhelmed, the quality of care goes down and medical errors go up.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Report outlines priorities for US global health role
An expert committee convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today launched a report designed to advise the Trump administration on key global health priorities, suggesting new strategies to maintain US leadership in the area.

Chicago Tribune
Don’t dismiss moles just because you have dark skin
"It started out flat. I didn't really pay much attention to it, because I had an oily face and pimples on my nose anyway, so when I saw the black mark, I didn't think much about it," he said. "But then it kept irritating me, itching; then it grew into a lump."

CNN Health News
‘Healthy foods’ have most of us confused
About eight in 10 survey respondents said they have found conflicting information about what foods to eat and what foods to avoid -- and more than half of them said the conflicting information has them second-guessing the choices they make, according to the International Food Information Council Foundation's annual Food and Health survey, which was released Tuesday.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Improving health care delivery in world’s poorest regions
Rahima Dosani, MPH ’17, has led efforts to increase patients’ access to vaccines and HIV testing in Malawi, and tuberculosis testing in Myanmar. Now about to graduate from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a degree in global health and population, she’s hoping to ultimately open her own global health consulting firm to help improve health care delivery for the world’s poorest populations.

Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet
Six tips to get rid of body fat and sit ups aren’t one
It’s fairly common for people to pack extra weight around their midsection. Call it a beer belly, a gut, or just plain fat, but the presence of a little extra weight around your middle probably doesn’t have you winning any shirtless competitions. The sad truth is that you’re not alone. Both men and women are substantially heavier today than they were in the 1960s. If pure vanity isn’t motivation enough, keep in mind that excess abdominal fat is a predictor of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, insulin resistance, and some cancers.

Kaiser Health News
Why Do Pharma Advertisements say ‘ask your doctor’? Because you do
And there’s good reason for this kind of messaging. A 2016 poll, for instance, conducted by Medscape, an online physician education website, found that 62 percent of physicians said they would or might prescribe an innocuous, even placebo treatment to a patient who didn’t need it but demanded it.

Medical Daily
Coping with loss and how virtual reality may ease depression
Virtual reality has become an increasingly popular gaming application, but experiencing and interacting with the 3-D world has benefits beyond sheer entertainment. According to new research, participating in virtual reality support groups may provide an effective option for older adults dealing with grief.

Medical News Today
Is diabetes genetic?
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means that it causes the body's immune system to attack healthy cells. It is often called juvenile diabetes because most people are diagnosed in childhood, and the condition then lasts their lifetime.

Naperville Sun (Editorial)
Rise in STDs in Kane, DuPage, Kendall call for relearning lessons of the past
That's because sexually transmitted diseases have emerged as a public health threat in DuPage, Kendall and Kane counties. Cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia are on the rise, and syphilis has come back from the brink of extinction. There were 42 cases of early syphilis found in DuPage County in 2015. That might seem like a small number, but it represents a 425 percent increase from reported cases in 2000. If any of those 42 people failed to get treatment early on, they could now have brain and heart damage — or be dead. Untreated gonorrhea increases the risk of contracting AIDS and can bring about infertility in both men and women. Women who fail to get early treatment for chlamydia greatly increase their risk of painful pelvic disease and damage to their reproductive system that could result in an inability to have children.

New York Post
Skinny people may be fat on the inside
Researchers in the United Kingdom discovered that fat builds up around abdominal organs including the heart and kidneys. Called visceral fat, this can act a silent killer because people can have a lot of it despite appearing thin.

New York Times
Yogurt may be good for the bones
Researchers tracked 4,310 Irish adults 60 and older, gathering information on diet and lifestyle with questionnaires. They measured bone density and joint deterioration with X-rays and M.R.I., and tested participants’ physical ability. The study is in Osteoporosis International.

14 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.

Participants with vascular cognitive impairment, sometimes called vascular dementia, who walked three hours per week for six months had improved reaction times and other signs of improved brain function, the Canadian team reports in British Journal of Sports Medicine.

United Press International
Racial segregation in neighborhoods linked to hypertension
A study by the National Institutes of Health has found people living in racially segregated neighborhoods are at a higher risk of high blood pressure.

Yahoo Health News
Your Favorite Candy Bars Are About to Get Smaller
It's makeover time for the chocolate bars you've loved since you were a kid. On Thursday, some big-brand candy companies made a joint announcement that they’ll be shrinking the package size of their products, which in turn will lower the total calorie count. The label on the front of the bar will also list the exact number of calories inside.


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