It’s National Public Health Week! Check out the latest in public health news for Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

WUSA9 – Veterans treating PTSD by going bare
Every year, millions of people in the United States are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, but for some a doctor’s office just isn’t enough.
“There’s 554 books in my house,” says Max Sanchez, a Vietnam veteran with an extensive book, video and picture collection that focuses on moments of war.

USA Today – Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life
Kathryn Riffenburg decided on a closed casket for her baby’s funeral.
She didn’t want her family to see what whooping cough, her son’s first illness, had done to 9-week-old Brady Alcaide. The nearly forgotten disease, which has in recent years afflicted thousands of Americans, left Brady’s tiny body swollen and unrecognizable.

UALR Public Radio – Arkansas officials kick off public health week
Local government officials and the Arkansas Department of Health are trying to raise awareness about issues like obesity, childhood hunger, fitness and nutrition for National Public Health Week.
On Monday, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, representatives from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and others gathered at the Big Dam Bridge to advocate for various educational initiatives.

NBC Chicago – Vaccination rates low for Chicagoland schoolchildren
Tens of thousands of school children across the Chicago area may not be vaccinated for a variety of serious diseases, posing a potential health risk to their immunized classmates, NBC 5 Investigates has found.
What’s more, hundreds of public and private schools in Chicago and suburbs have high levels of students with no records of vaccinations – sometimes more than a third of the students in a single school. And hundreds of other schools have not reported any vaccination information to the state in years – even though it’s required, annually, by law.

NPR Health – Simple blood test to spot early lung cancer getting closer
One of these days, there could well be a simple blood test that can help diagnose and track cancers. We aren’t there yet, but a burst of research in this area shows we are getting a lot closer.
In the latest of these studies, scientists have used blood samples to identify people with lung cancer.

Today’s National Public Health Week daily theme is “Don’t panic.” Consider today how your efforts have ensured safety and preparedness should a disaster occur. Do you have a plan? How about your family? How about your community?