Public Health in the News – April 6, 2014

Global

  • World Health Day, on April 7th, will focus on vector borne diseases. The World Health Organisation has recently declared that vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and Japanese encephalitis could be eradicated through preventive measures and more financial commitment for campaigns against the diseases.
  •  A United Nations report this week warned that a warming planet will exacerbate existing health problems in the coming decades.
  •  A special edition of the Lancet calls for increased attention to combating multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis, which causes 1.3 million deaths each year.

National

  • Get ready for activities around National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 7-13. The theme this year is “Public Health: Start Here.” Many schools of public health will be holding special events in line with this years theme. NPHW is an initiative of the American Public Health Association.

Illinois

  • This past weekend, health care policy makers, practitioners, and technologists gathered  to talk about how we could make the most of public health data here in Illinois.
  • On April 8, the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Disability and Health Program will sponsor a webinar entitled, ‘Partnering with People with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness Activities.’ The webinar, which will take place from 1–2 p.m. is designed to help emergency preparedness professionals include people with disabilities in emergency planning and exercises.

Chicago

  • Petroleum Coke, aka petcoke or black dust, a residue of oil refineries (namely the BP plant in Whiting, Indiana) has been blowing into Chicago’s southeast side, causing potential health problems such as wheezing and shortness of breath. Mayor Emmanuel’s office has vowed to address the issue.
  • The popular Chicago fast food chain, Portillo’s, could face $150,000 in lawsuit damages for those who got sick from a salmonella outbreak in the restaurant.

Northwestern

  • A new study from Northwestern Medicine reports that the timing, intensity and duration of your light exposure during the day is linked to your weight.
  • Dr. Patrick Kiser, faculty member in the department of biomedical engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has invented the first-of-its-kind intravaginal ring that reliably delivers an antiretroviral drug and a contraceptive for months. This could have a huge impact for women, both to protect against HIV and unwanted pregnancy.

Cover Photo by Tookapic via Pexels: Creative Commons

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