Public Health in the News – January 24, 2015


  • The mystery of tuberculosis revealed? Scientists have uncovered the family secrets of a bacterial killer that accounts for 1.3 million deaths worldwide. A team reconstructed the evolutionary history of the Beijing lineage of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a strain associated with the massive spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Eurasia.
  • 2014 was the hottest year on record (since weather record have been kept), resulting in the symbolic doomsday clock moving to three minutes before midnight, as close as it’s been since the cold war.
  • Despite waning numbers, two pharmaceutical companies prepare to launch Ebola vaccine trails.
  • A great piece by a fashion historian about how fashion has (and can again) encourage vaccination.
  • Cholera cases in West and Central Africa tripled last year, particularly in Ghana, Nigeria, and DRC.


  • Only about 23% effective, this year’s flu vaccine flopped. So, how do we get a more effective flu vaccine? Bloomberg weighs in.
  • The CDC reports  that nearly one third of reproductive-age women in the US had an opioid painkiller prescription filled every year between 2008-2012, increasing risks for birth defects.
  • Between 2012 and 2014, a drug-resistant superbug infected 32 people at a Seattle hospital caused by a bacteria spreading through contaminated medical scopes.


  • The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) awarded $13 million to more than 50 local non-profit organizations to provide HIV prevention and housing services to residents.
  • January is National Radon Action Month and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) encourages Chicagoans to test their home for harmful levels of radon.
  • Chicago State University ranks as one of the worst colleges in the nation when it comes to providing students with sexual health resources, a national survey found.
  • How are older city hospitals competing with newer suburban hospitals? See Crain’s analysis of why so many hospitals in Chicago sit empty.


Cover Photo by Tookapic via Pexels: Creative Commons

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