Health in the Headlines: May 18, 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

Chicago Tribune
Seniors Seek Affordable Dental Care
So a few years ago, the retired school teacher was relieved to find the Dental Division at Stickney Public Health District, where he had fillings and other routine dental work done for free.

Oswego Patch
Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, Oswego Cops Partner With Health Department
The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Kendall County Health Department for a roadside safety training. Together they prepared for weather hazards, discussed traffic pattern awareness, and reviewed what to do when pulled over by an officer during a traffic stop.



Other Health News

ABC News
Obesity Fix Needs More Fixin’ for 20 percent of Patients
When gastric band surgery was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2001, it was considered a key weapon in the fight against obesity. However, the band's popularity has slipped in recent years, dropping from 55,300 in 2011 to 25,060 in 2013, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Gastric Surgery.

ABC 7 Eyewitness News
What women need to know during National Women’s Health Week
It's National Women's Health Week and an often overlooked area of women's health is their reproductive health. What are the most common problems, and how do we get the information we need to know?

Associated Press
Certain Lead Tests May Not Be Accurate
U.S. health agencies on Wednesday warned that certain blood tests for lead poisoning may give results lower than the actual level of lead.

Baltimore Sun
Valuable Nutrients are Lost When Food Is Tossed
Americans waste as much as 40 percent of the available food every year across the country and much of it is nutritious, representing a missed opportunity to improve people's diets and prevent hunger, say researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for a Livable Future.

BBC Health News
Fat but fit is a big fat myth
The term "fat but fit" refers to the alluring theory that if people are obese but all their other metabolic factors such as blood pressure and blood sugar are within recommended limits then the extra weight will not be harmful.

CBS News
When Caffeine Becomes Deadly
The recent death of a South Carolina teen blamed on too much caffeine has once again propelled the popular stimulant and questions over its safety into the national spotlight.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
WHO notes 19 suspected Ebola Cases in the DRC
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) said there were an additional 2 new cases of suspected Ebola virus disease in a remote northern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This raised the total number of cases to 19, with 3 deaths likely caused by the deadly disease.

Chicago Sun-Times
Reluctant patients, Hispanic men pose costly health care challenge
For reasons both economic and cultural, Hispanic men are loath to interact with the health system. Women across all races are more likely to seek care than men. But the gender gap in the Hispanic community is especially troubling to health care providers. Studies show that Latino men are much less likely than Latinas to get treatment.

CNN Health News
Could drug addiction be treated by Marijuana?
Harm reduction is a strategy for treating addiction that begins with acceptance. A friendlier, less disciplined sister of abstinence, this philosophy aims to reduce the overall level of drug use among people who are unable or simply unwilling to stop. What should naturally follow is a decrease in the many negative consequences of drug use.

Food Safety News
County wants public’s health with ‘Safe Eats on Kern Streets’
A program launched Monday by the Kern County Public Health Services seeks to reduce foodborne illnesses associated with food trucks and street vendors while encouraging the public to report sellers who don’t have proper permits.

Fox Health News
For Good or Bad, Narcan Saves A Life
The heroin epidemic has made its way to Vancouver, British Columbia, and even the rats are being felled. In the case of Snuggles, a pet rat rushed into the Overdose Prevention Society on Sunday, volunteers were actually able to save her life after a quick-thinking pharmacy student administered naloxone (aka Narcan), which blocks the physical effects of opioids, NPR reports.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Rising CO2 emissions may increase global iron deficiency risk
Global iron deficiency—already a significant problem—may increase along with rising levels of human-generated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. There are 1.4 billion children under age 5 and women of childbearing age in parts of Asia and Africa who face the greatest risk.

Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet
Seven of the most bizarre reasons people end up in the emergency room
Emergency room staff see some crazy stuff, but you may be surprised to hear it’s not always the drama-filled scenes you see on TV. There’s a reason shows like Nurse Jackie and ER have such a loyal fan base, after all. A pill-popping ER nurse, fighting her own addiction, and a string of dramatic trauma cases are far more entertaining than patients with headaches and sprained fingers.

Health Day
Heart Disease chants ‘We’re number 1”

Roughly a third of all deaths around the world are the result of heart disease and stroke, making cardiovascular disease the number one killer globally, new research finds.

Kaiser Health News
Feds Claim UnitedHealth Doctored Medicare Records and Overbilled U.S. By A Billion
In a 79-page lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, the Justice Department alleged that the insurer made patients appear sicker than they were in order to collect higher Medicare payments than it deserved. The government said it had “conservatively estimated” that the company “knowingly and improperly avoided repaying Medicare” for more than a billion dollars over the course of the decade-long scheme.

Live Science
Extreme Binge Drinking Is On the Rise
Millions of Americans say they engage in extreme binge drinking — or downing at least eight to 10 drinks containing alcohol on a single occasion — and the behavior appears to be on the rise in the U.S., according to a new report.

Medical News Today
Effects of diabetes on the body and organs
Over time, the raised blood sugar levels that result from diabetes can cause a wide range of serious health issues. But what do these health issues involve, and how are the organs of the body affected? Can these effects be minimized?

NBC News
Most soldiers kicked out for misconduct had mental illness
A majority of U.S. troops discharged from the military for misconduct during a four-year period ending in 2015 had been diagnosed with mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, a new study found.

New York Post
Why nutritionists won’t eat these healthy foods
We all know that sodas and sugar cookies are bad for us, but the grocery aisles are stocked with seemingly healthy foods that are best avoided.

US News and World Report
Skipping Exercise for Two Weeks Increases Disease Risk
Though skipping a few weeks of exercise may feel good in the moment, a small study from the University of Liverpool has found that it could lead to health problems in healthy young people.


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