Public Health in the News – August 3, 2014



  • The anti-vaccination movement has become an anti-vitamin movement – some parents are refusing shots of vitamin K for their newborns, which can lead to brain damage and strokes.
  • A recent court ruling makes it possible for the F.D.A. to allow continued use of an animal feed antibiotic even when that antibiotic has been shown to be unsafe.
  • A new project called MakerNurse hopes to document and highlight nurses’ DIY contributions to health care.
  • Parents of children with developmental issues have higher rates of depression and anxiety. A new study shows that these can be reduced when parents learn techniques such as mindfulness training.
  • We’ve previously mentioned that there can be benefits of using technology such as smartphone apps to promote personal health, but some people are becoming increasingly worried about apps that may give people incorrect information about their health. No, your iPhone can’t read your blood pressure.
  • The F.D.A. is considering whether some early clinical trial data should be kept under wraps, in order to avoid biasing the final results.
  • The Affordable Care Act has changed the way in which health insurance companies keep individual premiums low; now, more companies are saying they’ll only pay for certain doctors and hospitals.
  • Chronic pain causes brain changes that make it harder to focus and be motivated.



  • Prostate cancer cells that express high levels of the PIM1 protein die when another cellular protein, PLK1, is blocked, shows a new study from NU Urology professor Sarki Abdulkadir, MD, PhD.
  • A new study from NU professor Scott Budinger, MD, shows that exposure to air pollution is linked to increased levels of lung inflammation and blood clots, which in turn can increase an individual’s risk for heart attacks and stroke.

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