Public Health in the News – March 2, 2014


  • Baylor international Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children’s Hospital have been awarded a 3 million dollar NIH grant to study genetic differences of disease in sub-Saharan African children.
  • More than 100 genetically-modified babies with three parents could be born each year in Britain beginning in 2015.
  • Bayer announced it was going to buy Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co, a maker of traditional herbal Chinese medicines, to become the world’s largest non-prescription medicines group.
  • Aid cuts or delays to Uganda in the wake of the anti-homosexuality law could have devastating effects on the health sector.
  • A new article in the Journal Preventive Medicine says researchers might be able to learn more about HIV outbreaks — and even help to prevent them — by coupling location data from certain tweets with location data on reported HIV cases.


  • The FDA rules that trans fats can no longer be “generally regarded as safe.”
  • American Heart Association has issued its first guidelines for preventing strokes in women. They focus on birth control, pregnancy, depression and other risk factors that women face uniquely or more frequently than men do.
  • In an effort to curb the high rates of obesity in the U.S., the FDA is proposing new food labeling guidelines for the first time in more than 20 years to more accurately reflect how people eat.
  • MIT researchers are exploring how sapwood from a tree branch can be an inexpensive way to filter water.
  • A report released this week sited 500 foods commonly found in grocery stores as containing Azodicarbonamide, also known as ADA, a potentially harmful industrial plastics chemical.
  • Men get breast cancer too. The New York Times talks about a photography series featuring pictures of men who have battled the disease.
  • The rate of ADHD diagnoses in young children is increasing drastically, especially in kids from lower-income families, say researchers from The University of California, Berkeley.
  • The Week magazine reports on the still-growing anti-vaccination movement, and why its adherents are putting even people who have been vaccinated at risk.


  • Chicago Democrat State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz posted a message on her Facebook page referencing the high tax revenues Colorado is getting after legalizing marijuana that Illinois is missing out on, but states she is not ready to introduce that legislation yet.
  • Angry about falling on icy sidewalks? The city of Chicago reports giving only  57 citations in the past year for failure to remove snow and ice in public ways while more than 2,000 complaints were lodged to 311. A Chicago Tribune article explains why.


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