Public Health in the News – April 24, 2016


  • The Pan-American Health Organization is implementing many emergency relief measures to help build up public health infrastructure in Ecuador following the recent earthquake.
  • Vox has a good explainer of the concept of “R naught” – a number used by public health officials to estimate how many other people are likely to be infected by a sick person.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the world’s unvaccinated children live in conflict areas, says UNICEF.


  • What if your therapist wrote a book, and you recognized yourself as one of the psychological cases inside? A psychotherapist talks about betraying his patients’ trust.
  • A recent study looking for “genetic superheroes” who have a certain gene mutation, but not the matching disease, has been widely reported. But this study has one big caveat – researchers couldn’t contact most of the individuals they identified as being resilient because of lack of consent forms.
  • A lot of data from cancer research can’t be reproduced, but there are measures we can take to help this issue.


  • A mysterious bacterial infection is popping up in Illinois, and has so far resulted in 6 deaths.
  • Would a merger between two large Chicago-area healthcare providers provide consumers with lower healthcare costs or reduce competition in the market? An FTC case against the merger provides an insight into the state of the region’s health systems.


Maureen McNulty, PhD Student at Northwestern University 
Blog Manager
About NPHR Blog (254 Articles)
The is the blog of the Northwestern Public Health Review journal. The blog and journal are both student run and contain research articles, opinions, interviews and other content pertaining to public health.

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