Public Health in the News – February 15, 2015


  • The UK has voted in favor of allowing a method that would result in babies with three parents. This would help prevent parents from passing along certain genetic diseases to their children. The BBC has a great explainer for how this process works.
  • “Roughly half the adult male population of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, is suffering from an often deadly kidney disease that appears to be linked to their work as sugarcane cutters.” Now one filmmaker is trying to document these workers’ stories.
  • Motorcycles, which are becoming increasingly common in Asia, are leading to many deaths, leading some experts to label this a rising global health crisis.



  • The Chicago Department of Public Health recently hosted a competition for university students: the Healthy Chicago Innovation Challenge. Two projects, focused on foodborne illness and on financial resources for low-income pregnant women, were the finalists and will each undergo a pilot study.
  • Illinois now has 13 confirmed measles cases.


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