Public Health in the News (12/3/17 – 12/9/17)

By Grace Bellinger, NPHR Blog Editor


  • Study in Denmark shows that all methods of hormonal birth control, including IUDs, are associated with a slightly elevated risk of breast cancer.
  • New study draws attention to the fact that flu pandemics are most likely to appear in spring or summer, rather than during the winter flu season.
  • Researchers in London find that mothers’ exposure to air pollution is associated with an increased risk of low birth weight.


  • Harvard researchers find an association between women who consume a lot of sugar during pregnancy and an increased risk of asthma in their children.
  • In an effort to curb the opioid epidemic, surgeons at the University of Michigan have prescribed 15,000 fewer pills in the last year without patients experiencing negative side effects.


  • Northwestern Medicine study finds that the stress levels of fathers of premature babies continue to rise after bringing the baby home, while the stress levels of mothers stay about constant.
  • A Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) study shows how Qatari youth acquire health information.
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