Public Health in the News – December 28, 2014


  •  Peter Piot, who discovered the Ebola virus, offers a unique analysis of how precious time was wasted in the early stages of this year’s outbreak—and how we must prepare better for the next time.
  • An excessive amount of antibiotics is present in China’s major rivers, exposing millions of nearby residents and local ecosystems to grave risks.
  • Understanding mental health as a public health problem is becoming more and more important as an estimated 350 million cases of clinical depression are reported by the World Health Organization per year.
  • Dengue is on the move, threatening large swaths of Europe, Africa, and South America due to climate change and urbanization, new maps of dengue vulnerability published by the United Nations University reveal.


  • Another concerning mishap at a CDC laboratory – this time with Ebola virus samples which were erroneously though to have been killed – indicates the need for improvements to be made in laboratory safety policies and procedures.
  • Eating fast food may lead to lower student test scores in math, science and reading, a recent study of U.S. school children said.
  • The Washington Post reports on a new study that has found, not surprisingly, that iPads, tablets, smartphones disrupt good sleep.



  • Northwestern experts bring public health expertise to Ethiopia.
  • A Northwestern Feinberg study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that smoking pot in teens and young adults is unsafe for developing brains.

Cover Photo by Tookapic via Pexels: Creative Commons

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