Public Health in the News – September 7, 2014


  • Three former directors of the CDC, Bill Foege, James Mason and David Satcher offer their insights into why the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is just one example of the serious need to boost global health security worldwide, and urge the global health community to began shifting priorities over the next months and years.
  • Sierra Leone has imposed a 3-day Ebola quarantine, requiring all citizens to stay in their homes while a team of 7,000 health workers go door to door to find people infected with Ebola who may be hiding. Doctors Without Borders and other international health organizations worry this will make matters worse.


  • A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that normal-weight nutrition and exercise counselors feel significantly more successful in getting their obese patients to lose weight than those who are overweight or obese.
  • Today’s New York Times uncovers a large population of young people, who, working on American farms are being exposed to nicotine and other dangerous chemicals. Though public health officials are calling for change – politics continues to get in the way.
  • Another Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study analyzing how the ways companies selling alcoholic beverages present “be responsible” messages really only serve to promote the product and not the safety message. Read the full study finds in Science Direct.


  • Small businesses in Illinois will get access to the federal health insurance marketplace earlier than other states. The Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, will open in late October, ahead of the November 15th open enrollment, for businesses with fewer than 50 full-time workers.
  • Dr. Raymond Patterson, a mental health expert in Illinois testified that the prison system “is substituting segregation for mental health treatment” for some inmates, he said. The state also has not provided documents that guards are referring isolated inmates to mental health care if needed, according to Patterson and the inmates’ lawyers.


  • A study by Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago found that overweight owners who exercise with their dogs are more likely to lose weight and stay motivated than those who work out on their own.


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