Public Health in the News – November 9, 2014

Global

  • A dangerous, highly infectious strain of H5N8 was found on a German farm—the first known case in Europe.
  • A new study reveals that in 2012, more than 70% of the Chinese population was exposed to particulate pollutants at levels more than 3 times the safety limits set by WHO.
  • Those wanting to volunteer for Ebola relief missions in West Africa find themselves struggling against Medevac insurance policies – a barrier that could prevent the assistance of thousands of needed health care workers.
  • This coming Friday is World Diabetes Day. Read more about why diabetes has become an epidemic problem in India.
  • A potential new drug is being developed to combat the most dangerous superbugs out there. So far it’s only been tested on small groups of people infected with MRSA, but its success rate shows promise, says it’s manufacturer Micreos.

National

  • When fracking interferes with enjoying a cold beer, there’s a problem! Read more about what some beer makers in the U.S. are doing to speak out against fracking near their source waters.
  • A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports an alarming rise in the rates of colon and rectal cancer are being seen in young people, but the reason for this is still unclear.
  • Snus, a Sweedish smokeless tobacco is gaining popularity in the U.S., and it’s manufacturer, Swedish Match has applied to the USFDA to reclassify the product as a potentially safer alternative to cigarettes thus allowing wider sales.

Illinois/Chicago

  • For the past 30 years, there has been little oversight over the purchase of raw milk in Illinois, but now potential new regulations set forth my the Illinois Department of Public Health have some up in arms.
  • The CDC reports that five people got sick and two died from Listeria tainted bean sprouts  in Illinois and Michigan coming from Wholesome Soy Products Inc.

Northwestern

  • IPHAM announces the creation of the new Center for Primary Care Innovation, an interface between healthcare and public health.
  • Dr. Bonnie Spring is interviewed in the Chicago Tribune about a $10.8 million grant she and her team have been awarded from the National Institutes of Health to develop wearables to prevent relapses in people trying to quit smoking or avoid unhealthy eating.
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