- Senators propose going global with the Violence Against Women Act.
- News outlets report on polio in Pakistan, one of three countries identified last week by the WHO as a main reservoir of the virus.
- The World Health Assembly, the WHO’s decision-making body, is set on May 19 to vote on a recommendation to destroy the stocks of smallpox virus held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta, and the State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology, in Koltsovo, Novosibirsk Oblast, in Russia.
- New drugs have been developed to aid the breathing of patients with a fatal lung disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
- Alzheimer’s, which has been linked to far more deaths than AIDS, has failed to garner the same national outrage and attention, even as AIDS deaths have begun to fall.
- More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data presented on Friday by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- An Illinois resident who had contact with an Indiana MERS patient has tested positive for the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- May is “National Hepatitis Awareness Month,” with May 19 designated as “Hepatitis Testing Day.” This month aims to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and reminds health care providers and the public about who should be tested.
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) will fund the Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP) at Farmers’ Markets across the City of Chicago, doubling the program from 15 markets to 30 markets citywide.
- The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) launched its “Prepare Chicago” public education campaign, providing tips for Chicagoans to prepare for large-scale emergencies and natural disasters.
- This month the “Big Baby” campaign, launched by the Chicago Department of Public Health, can be seen all over Chicago. The campaign shows an image of teen boy holding a giant baby, a baby that is even larger than the teen himself who is noticeably weighed down by the new arrival. Below the image, the text reads ‘Not ready for the heavy responsibility of being a parent? Then carry something lighter. Use Condoms. Or wait.’
- Read an interview with Paloma Toledo, M.D., Obstetric physician anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, about the most common misconceptions about epidurals during labor.
A new study from Northwestern Medicine and Northeastern Illinois University found that the majority of college students are engaging in unhealthy behaviors that could increase their risk of cancer later on. Racial minority students could be at an even greater risk, especially African Americans and Native Americans.
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