Public Health in the News – April 20, 2014


  • new British study has found that paying heroin addicts $50 each to have a series of three injections in a month was very effective in getting them fully vaccinated against hepatitis B.
  • The World Health Organization’s expert advisory group said that two shots of vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), rather than the three doses currently recommended, will offer sufficient protection to girls under 15 years old.
  • Pakistani officials said on Monday they would begin administering polio vaccines to children at security checkpoints in the country’s tribal belt to protect against Taliban attacks.
  • Guinea’s Foreign Minister Francois Fall said on Monday the west African country had brought the spread of the deadly Ebola virus under control after more than 100 people have died.
  • The Body Horrors blog discusses how malaria can be spread without the help of mosquitoes.


  • Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults had diabetes in 2010, nearly double the percentage a little more than two decades ago, in 1988, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  
  • Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed data on 9,354 adolescents in the ongoing Growing Up Today Study, finding that cancer-risk behaviors such as tobacco use, indoor tanning and physical inactivity were significantly more common in adolescents who more closely adhered to the traditional societal norms of masculinity and femininity.
  • An overall “herd immunity” helped stop this flu season from turning into the worldwide pandemic, according to  the CDC’s influenza division.
  • A new study explains how the bacteria that causes strep throat evolved to become more aggressive.
  • Colon cancer screening saves lives. Or does it? Science writer Cassandra Willyard explores the issue.


  • Illinois Senator Dick Durban lead an inquiry into the marketing practices of e-cigarette companies and found that they have been marketing to young people by giving away samples at music festivals, sports events, and radio and TV ads.
  • A central Illinois health official took an uncooperative patient with infectious tuberculosis to court to try to order him to stay in his home and wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet to prevent the spread of disease.


  • Chicago food cart advocates face a rough bureaucratic ride ahead, according to a Chicago Tribune article.
  • Food poisoning can now be tracked by the Chicago Department of Public Health using FoodBorne Chicago, a system which tracks tweeters comments and where victims can submit food poisoning reports online. So far it has been used to launch 236 reports.
  • A fire in a chemistry lab in Lincoln Park High School caused injuries to five students. A parent of one of the students is suing the school and the teacher for negligence.


  •  A new Northwestern Medicine study reports the timing, intensity, and duration of your light exposure during the day is linked to your weight – the first time this has been shown. People who had most of their daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day, the study found.
  • Northwestern Medicine scientists have demonstrated that cancer cells – and not normal cells – can be killed by eliminating either the FAS receptor, also known as CD95, or its binding component, CD95 ligand. 

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