- The recently released Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index, which calculates the overall well-being of every country based on various measures such as financial well-being and physical health of its citizens, found that Latin American countries were most likely to do well, with Panama topping the list.
- A heat wave killed hundreds of people in Pakistan this past week.
- Donors have pledged $4.4 billion to help rebuild Nepal following their devastating earthquake.
- The U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriages, which should have lasting positive public health effects.
- The U.S. Supreme Court upheld challenges to the Affordable Care Act, ruling that Americans could continue to receive tax subsidies regardless of which state they lived in.
- “Climate health is a medical emergency.” The world’s food supply could be drastically disrupted following three weather catastrophes.
- If you’re using a fitness tracker, you’re probably aiming for 10,000 steps per day. However, this number may be too high or too low, depending on your age and fitness level.
- Researchers have developed a promising blood test to detect pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadliest forms of cancer.
- Senior citizens calling elder care call centers and asking for help are most often in need of transportation services.
- A California woman built a smartphone app to match surplus food from businesses with homeless shelters.
- Skinny jeans may pose a health risk in some rare cases.
- A new treatment for alcoholism may come in the form of virtual reality therapy.
- Happy pride weekend! Make sure to get your free meningitis vaccine.
- Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing for money to be more quickly distributed to anti-violence groups.
- Quinshaunta Golden, a former Illinois Department of Public Health employee, was sentenced to eight years in prison for cheating the state out of millions of dollars in public health funding in return for kickbacks.
- A Northwestern study shows that the rate of children heading to the emergency room because of life-threatening allergic reactions is rising.
- Northwestern Medicine scientists have helped redraw the map of dementia patients’ brains.
- Patients with above-the-knee amputations may now have a better option when it comes to a prosthetic leg, thanks to a collaboration between scientists from the Feinberg School of Medicine and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.