Public Health in the News (February 8th, 2015)



  • Ever wondered how many microorganisms are in your public transportation system? An 18 month old research experiment in New York City (pathomap) attempts to track and inventory the diversity of bacteria in New York subway system.
  • A recent MMWR report from CDC indicates that the number of Blacks and Hispanics dying from HIV in the past 5 years has dropped.
  • Convinced that its initial $500 million pledge to halt childhood obesity is having an impact, the Robert Woods Johnson foundation is pledging an additional $500 million towards ending childhood obesity.
  • February is National Heart Awareness Month. As a concrete step towards improving cardiovascular health outcomes, the  CDC initiated the Million Hearts™ challenge.
  • A strange paradox was unveiled this week as it has became clear that rapidly declining Ebola rates might make it difficult to test newly developed Ebola vaccines – great news for countries that struggled with the disease but difficult news for drug discovery efforts.


  • 5 Chicago area children have now been confirmed to have the measles, further intensifying the ongoing vaccination debate.
  • A recent report from the Illinois state’s auditor general released Thursday found $3.7 million was paid for medical care for over 1,000 people who were already dead. Furthermore the report showed that nearly 6,000 people were still marked as eligible for medical services despite being listed as deceased.


  • Dr. Robert Murphy gave an exclusive interview on the growing  national measles concern with WGN Chicago.
  • Dr.Michelle Birkett was recently highlighted in the Huffington discussing LGBT associated bullying and recent research observations that it gets  better with time.
  • The Northwestern Public Health review Review recently released its fall issue at

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