NYPD and DuPage County naloxone programs saving lives. CPD adoption remains uncertain

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By Melissa Schenkman

The long-time drug user, the patient taking prescription opioid pain medication, the high school student experimenting with drugs, and the child who confuses pills with candy, all have one thing in common.  They all represent people at-risk of an opioid drug overdose, the people NYPD officers have been trained to save.

Police officers armed with naloxone nasal spray, the intranasal opioid drug overdose antidote, have saved 18 lives since a Staten Island program began earlier this year.

The success is spurring the department to make strides in expanding its training, with the goal of equipping the entire police force of approximately 35,000 NYPD officers with naloxone kits. That would extend the program across all five boroughs of New York City. Continue reading “NYPD and DuPage County naloxone programs saving lives. CPD adoption remains uncertain”

Anti-microbial in household products promotes liver cancer in mice, study shows

By Melissa Schenkman

Triclosan (TCS), a popular anti-microbial ingredient in soaps and other common household products, may promote tumor growth in the liver of mice, according to researchers in University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

The study undertaken by chemistry professor Robert Tukey and his colleagues examined the potential biological impacts of TCS given to mice. Continue reading “Anti-microbial in household products promotes liver cancer in mice, study shows”

Colorectal cancer cases rising in young adults

Diagram of the Colon and Rectum Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Diagram of the colon and rectum. Source:
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

By Melissa Schenkman

Colon cancer is on the rise in U.S. young adults, ages 20-34, according to a recent study from University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. High fat diets are the suspected culprit, according to a researcher for the study.

Researchers predict that, based on the increases, the number of young adults being diagnosed with colorectal cancer will rise by another 40 percent from 2010 to 2020 and by another 50 percent between 2020 and 2030. Continue reading “Colorectal cancer cases rising in young adults”

ComEd CEO details plans to keep the power flowing in the face of climate change

Courtesy of Monika Agnieszka Wnuk
Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd, says changes in the grid will make avert power outages and save energy.
Courtesy of Monika Wnuk

By Melissa Schenkman

ComEd is in the midst of major grid innovations and conservation efforts in the face of climate change, said ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore, said on a panel addressing Climate Risk Management and Energy Infrastructure Innovation.

The panel focused on challenges in the water and power utility businesses as well as solutions. Conservation efforts include smart meters that allow customers to monitor their home electricity use directly and energy efficient light bulbs. Continue reading “ComEd CEO details plans to keep the power flowing in the face of climate change”

Beyond the finish line: Chicago Marathon Expo made visitors stars in their own “living life” videos

By Melissa Schenkman

As runners continue in recovery mode from Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, some are applying tips from the marathon’s first Abbott Health and Fitness Expo.

The exposition showcased nutrition and running products and resources  from companies around the globe and leads on future races. Continue reading “Beyond the finish line: Chicago Marathon Expo made visitors stars in their own “living life” videos”

Many Chicago kids lack adequate dental care

Many children without access to adequate dental care face loss of teeth due to decay. Courtesy of Dr. Ciissy Furusho
Many children without access to adequate dental care face loss of teeth due to decay. Courtesy of Dr. Ciissy Furusho

By Melissa Schenkman

A widespread lack of pediatric dental care means untreated tooth decay for many kids in Chicago and throughout the U.S.

Less than half of school-aged children visited a dentist in 2009 and only 14 percent had a preventive treatment such as, fluoride or a sealant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a study recently published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Continue reading “Many Chicago kids lack adequate dental care”