Public Health in the News – December 14, 2014

Global

National

  • The most serious whooping cough epidemic in 70 years—despite an intense pubic health campaign—has California officials questioning the effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine.
  • 42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical debts, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, citing confusion about hospital and insurance company notices of treatment costs.
  • In an effort to understand the mysterious causes of ALS, scientists are investigating whether breathing a neurotoxin produced by the algae may raise the risk of the disease.

Illinois/Chicago

  • Dr. Bechara Choucair,  Chicago commissioner of public health will step down at the end of this year to take a job as a vice president at Trinity Health.
  • Every year unused flu vaccine costs Illinois tax payers lots of money in both direct and indirect health care costs.

Northwestern

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