Public Health in the News – October 5, 2014

Global

  • Could the Ebola outbreak have been controlled earlier if global health leaders such as the WHO acted faster? An excellent Washington Post article explores the timeline the outbreak and where global health leaders went wrong.
  • Perhaps the answer to treating Ebola will be found in the blood of those who have survived it? An NPR article explores.
  • Another child thought to be cured of HIV was found to have relapsed. The child, who was born in Milan, was given an aggressive course of ARVs and was thought to be HIV free and was taken off medications and now faces worse infection.

National

  • With the first Ebola patient discovered in Dallas, TX, many US hospitals are realizing that they are unprepared and unequipped to deal with potential Ebola patients. Here’s some insight into how they are preparing.
  • Enterovirus 68 has been found in at least 500 patients, generally school aged children, across the U.S. What you need to know about this potentially dangerous virus.
  • Three news studies about the potentially dangerous hits to the head that college football players experience reveal interesting facts about player and coach lack of disclosure.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced that $31.5 million is now available as grants to programs that help make farm-fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for families who rely on food stamps.
  • Boomerang patients have been a longstanding problem for hospitals. Even though rehospitalizations were less common last year, nearly 1 in 5 Medicare patients returned within 30 days, costing taxpayers $26 billion extra.

Illinois/Chicago

  • October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Illinois. The month-long prevention and education campaign is aimed at reducing one of the leading causes of death for children ages one and younger – accidental sleep suffocation.
  • On Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health launched its yearly awareness campaign to remind residents to get their flu shot. The campaign features outdoor transit, rail and billboard ads, as well as digital and broadcast ads that direct Chicagoans to various City resources to help protect themselves and others during flu season.

Northwestern

  • Workplace violence against healthcare workers in emergency rooms is a continuing problem that does not get enough recognition. Northwestern faculty member Rahul Khare, MD, is quoted in Safety & Health Magazine about this problem.
  • Researchers at Northwestern University have developed an early version of a blood test designed to diagnose depression. They tested the assay and reported the results this week in a study in Translational Psychiatry.

Event Reminder!
Northwestern Public Health Review is pleased to present the Annual Public Health Matters Seminar and Reception, with guest speaker Phil Fontanarosa, MD, Executive editor JAMA and Communicating Public Health through Pictures on Oct 7th. Art gallery and reception starts at 4:30pm, seminar is from 5pm-6pm at the Lurie Research Building – Atrium and Baldwin Auditoriums.

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