Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), recently briefed the media and public about the state’s preparedness efforts should a case of Ebola be suspected or confirmed in Illinois. At this time, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in Illinois. “I want to reassure the people of Illinois that the state is reviewing and confirming protocols and plans already in place to ensure our public health systems is able to quickly identify a potential case, evaluate the person and isolate them if needed, implement infection control practices, conduct contact tracing of people potentially exposed to a suspected case, submit specimens for laboratory testing and provide care for the patient,” said Dr. Hasbrouck. “If there is a suspected or confirmed case of Ebola in Illinois, we will immediately inform the public and provide as much information as possible.”
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Implantable eye device shows promise in preliminary trial, researchers say.
A new implantable eye device might make reading glasses a thing of the past, researchers report.
Many people over age 40 develop blurriness in their near vision (presbyopia), which makes it difficult to see up close. The condition affects more than 1 billion people worldwide.
New products designed to treat the condition include a thin ring inserted into the cornea of the eye that adjusts the depth of field to enable a person with presbyopia to see near and far. The KAMRA device can be implanted in about 10 minutes with only topical anesthesia, its developers say.
Many offering new selections that have roughly 12 percent fewer calories, researchers report.
Eating out might not be as bad for your waistline as you might think.
New research shows that newer menu selections at many large chain restaurants in the United States now average 12 percent fewer calories than traditional dishes.
This switch could have a major impact on the nation’s obesity epidemic, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers said.
Healthy eating may not always prevent metabolic syndrome, but may reverse it
Following the Mediterranean diet may help reverse a condition known as metabolic syndrome, new research suggests.
The study compared a low-fat diet to a Mediterranean diet — a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, fish and olive oil. The Mediterranean diet was supplemented with either extra nuts or extra virgin olive oil.
The Mediterranean diet didn’t lower the odds of developing metabolic syndrome — a collection of risk factors for heart disease — compared to following a low-fat diet, the study found. But, the Mediterranean diet did increase the chance of reversing metabolic syndrome, said lead researcher Dr. Jordi Salas-Salvado, a professor of nutrition at the Universitat Rovira I Virgili and Hospital Universitari de Sant Joan de Reus, in Spain.
Anyone who operates a vehicle of any type — car, bus, train, plane, or boat — needs to know there are over-the-counter medicines that can make you drowsy and can affect your ability to drive and operate machinery safely. Over-the-counter medicines are also known as OTC or nonprescription medicines. All these terms mean the same thing: medicines that you can buy without a prescription from a healthcare professional. Each OTC medicine has a Drug Facts label to guide you in your choices and to help keep you safe. OTC medicines are serious medicines and their risks can increase if you don’t choose them carefully and use them exactly as directed on the label.