Public Health in the News – January 11, 2015



  • The pesticide chlorpyrifos—used on corn, soybeans, fruit and nut trees—may pose health risks to workers who mix and apply it, and may contaminate drinking water, according to a new EPA report.
  • Two major US cancer science and treatment groups call for more regulation of e-cigarettes and more research into vaping’s health effects.
  • Despite what Americans might think, the US actually ranks pretty badly on the Commitment to Development Index, a measure of global poverty eradication efforts, recently published by the Center for Global Development.


  • KCBX Terminals, a firm controlled by industrialists Charles and David Koch, announced Tuesday that it will build a $120 million structure to enclose towering mounds of the dusty harmful refinery byproduct petroleum coke, despite Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s vow and efforts to rid Chicago of it.
  • Illinois is now accepting petitions to expand the list of medical conditions that qualify for treatment with marijuana, though officials have yet to name the board that will decide the issue.
  • In these frosty temperatures, do you ever wonder those the CTA heat lamps actually help make you warmer? A Chicago Tribune article explores the issue.


  • Dr. June K. Robinson, a professor of dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, is quoted in a New York Times article of the harmful effects of indoor tanning.

Cover Photo by Tookapic via Pexels: Creative Commons

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