Public Health in the News – July 26, 2014


  • Speaking to delegates at the AIDS 2014 Conference, Singer and activist Bob Geldof took donors to task for their “preposterous reluctance to fund the last mile,” calling it a disgrace.
  • Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, one of the main doctors in Sierra Leone treating Ebola patients has been reported to have caught the virus. He has been put in isolation and is being treated by Doctors Without Borders.
  • Women and girls are less likely to undergo female genital mutilation, or FGM, than 30 years ago. That’s the encouraging news from a UNICEF report on the controversial practice, presented this week at London’s first Girl Summit.


  • Many American kids don’t realize they’re overweight or obese, but knowing can help them change, according to a new CDC report.
  • Michael Farrell, head of the troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned after some anthrax leaving the lab was found not to have been deactivated.
  • Researchers have found some evidence of a connection between the use of a nicotine patch by pregnant women and ADHD in their children.


  • Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah has created a new PAS against gun violence. The “Chicago Stand Up” PSA campaign urges Chicagoans to put down the guns and stand up for peace.
  • Dr. Steve Whitman, who served as Chicago Department of Public Health’s Director of Epidemiology for many years, died Sunday. After leaving CDPH, Dr. Whitman directed the Sinai Urban Health Institute, where his groundbreaking research fully documented alarming differences in breast cancer mortality among African American women compared to white women in Chicago and other cities across the nation.


  • A multi-disciplinary team of scientists from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Chicago investigated how lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, increase inflammation in the body during colon cancer. The results were published in Science and Translational Medicine.
  • A new Northwestern Medicine study, lead by Dr. Seema Khan, investigated a gel form of tamoxifen, that when applied to the breasts of women with noninvasive breast cancer reduced the growth of cancer cells to the same degree as the drug taken in oral form but with fewer side effects that deter some women from taking it.
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has been selected to join a new research network funded by the American Heart Association (AHA) to promote cardiovascular health and prevent death from heart disease and strokes. The AHA has awarded the center a four-year $3.7 million grant for this work.

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