Public Health in the News – February 16, 2014


  • The EU has introduced a new platform (called foodrisc) to better communicate risk associated with certain food and food product recalls.
  • This year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are completely smoke-free.  The World Health Organization reported on the effects of this tobacco ban.
  • The FDA is growing increasingly concerned about the safety of drugs produced in India, which is the second-largest supplier of drugs to the United States.
  • Twenty-seven nations, as part of the Global Health Security Agency, developed a pact to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.


  • Studies show it might be important to evaluate stroke survivors for driving impairment.
  • In a surprising move, CVS Caremark announced that they will no longer sell cigarettes by October 2014, marking their move towards becoming more of a health care provider, offering more mini clinics, health advice and pharmaceutical sales, than a retail chain.
  • UCSD researchers have found an association between living in a city with a total smoking ban and likelihood of quitting smoking. See more here.
  • The NY Times reports that the Obama administration announced on Monday that it would postpone enforcement of a federal requirement for medium-size employers to provide health insurance to employees and allow larger employers more flexibility in how they provide coverage.
  • The Government Accountability Office released a report on the reasons drug shortages, such as basic IV fluids, still persist.
  • Thomas R. Frieden of The Atlantic writes, “U.S. national health security depends on global health security, because a threat anywhere is a threat everywhere.”  Read more about the case for global health security and why the CDC recently invested $45 million to improve the world’s defenses against the transnational spread of disease.
  • States are still struggling to add Latinos for ACA coverage according to the New York Times report.
  • The FDA issues national and state regulations on Uncle Bens rice.
  • Studies show that guilt and shame have different outcomes in repeat crimes.


  • The Divvy bike program has made the trip data for the 750,000 bike trips taken in 2013 available on their website. They’re challenging readers to analyze the dataset and present it in a visually appealing way.


  • Joel Shalowitz, MD, MBA,is quoted in Crain’s Chicago Business regarding the push for physicians to join large healthcare networks to help pay for fixed costs of practice and take advantage of quality-based payments from government and private payers.
  • Michael Wolf, PhD, MPH, director of the health literacy and learning program, is quoted in Chicago Health Online regarding how the Health Literacy and Learning Program at Northwestern tries to promote health literacy by researching how to improve patient communication, developing plain-language materials and training medical students to better communicate basic information.

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