Public Health in the News – September 14, 2014


  • Scientists mapping the spread of Ebola gave grim news that it is likely to spread to hundreds of thousands of people and last up to 18 months more before it is under control.
  • A cool new device may help global health workers everywhere. Called K-1, it is the first syringe to automatically disable once it’s used. This new weapon in the fight against diseases spread by dirty needles was unveiled at the TEDMED conference in Washington, DC.


  • Though many people who bought their health care through the federal marketplace will be automatically renewed in June, officials are encouraging consumers to revisit the marketplace to compare plans and ensure that they get the right amount of financial assistance in 2015.
  • Some good news in the public health world! The US Geological survey announced that pesticide levels in our waterways have dropped, due to strictly enforced legislation, making it safer for humans to access these water sources.
  • Overriding the veto of the governor, the Missouri state legislature (majority Republican) has enacted one of the strictest waiting periods of abortions in the country – 72 hours.
  • An amazing gift of $350 million has been made to Harvard School of Public Health, now the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This is the biggest gift in the schools history.


  • After finding 11 confirmed cases of EV-D68, a respiratory virus, in Chicago, public health officials are sending messages for staying healthy through Chicago Public Schools. The best advice: wash your hands.
  • The Chicago Tribune published a nice piece on Chicago’s public health nurses.  Read it here.


  • The U.S. Department of Energy is set to collectively give Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign more than $8.4 million for clean energy and research and development.
  • In Chicago, most kids with asthma or food allergies don’t have a health management form on file at school, a new study by Feinnberg faculty member Dr. Ruchi Gupta, shows.
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