Health Highlights: Nov. 10, 201011/10/10
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
San Francisco Bans Some Fast-Food Toys
A proposal to ban fast-food restaurants from giving free toys
with children's meals that are high in fat, sugar or salt was
approved Tuesday by San Francisco's Board of Supervisors.
Tuesday's 8-3 final approval of the legislation means that San
Francisco could become the first U.S. city with this type of law,
meant to combat childhood obesity. It could go into effect in
December 2011, the
San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The law will allow restaurants to offer free toys with healthy
"This is a simple and modest policy that holds fast-food (businesses) accountable and it allows toys with kids' meals if basic nutritional standards are met," said Supervisor Eric Mar, the legislation's chief sponsor, the Chronicle reported.
Mayor Gavin Newsom has said he would veto the legislation, but
it received the eight votes needed to override his veto.
Cal-Maine Recalls 288,000 Eggs
Possible salmonella contamination has prompted the recall of
288,000 eggs sold by Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the largest egg seller
in the United States.
The company said salmonella was detected at the Ohio farm that
supplied the eggs. The farm, Ohio Fresh Eggs, has financial ties to
Jack DeCoster, the owner of Wright County Egg, which was involved
in a massive egg recall earlier this year, reported
CBS News and the
The recalled eggs were packaged in early October and shipped to
food wholesalers and retailers in Arkansas, California, Illinois,
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, Cal-Maine said.
The company said it wasn't notified of the salmonella problem at
the Ohio farm until Nov. 5. There have been no reported illnesses,
CBS News/AP reported.
For more information, consumers can call Cal-Maine at
1-866-276-6299 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT.
Parents Can't Hide Stress From Children: Survey
Parents aren't very good at hiding their stress and worry from
their children, according to a new survey released by the American
The Harris Interactive online poll of 1,136 youngsters ages 8 to
17 years old found that 91 percent said there are a number of ways
they know when their parents are stressed,
USA Today reported.
Those signs include parents yelling (34 percent), parents
arguing with other people in the home (30 percent), and parents
being too busy or don't have time to spend with children (18
The survey also found that 32 percent of young people believe
that their parent has been "really worried or stressed out about
things" in the past month, while only 6 percent said their parent
is never stressed,
USA Today reported.
Parents try to protect their children from stress, but these
findings show "that children are able to see through that," said
APA CEO Norman Anderson.
"It's actually better to talk with your kids about the fact that the parent is having challenges," he said. "The key message is 'We're going to address these difficulties and we'll be OK. We'll get through this.' "
Cholera Treatment Centers Set Up in Port-au-Prince
The spread of cholera into Haiti's capital has triggered a rush
to establish treatment centers across Port-au-Prince.
"We expect transmission to be extensive and we have to be prepared for it, there's no question," Dr. Jon K. Andrus, deputy director of the Pan-American Health Organization, told journalists Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
"We have to prepare for a large upsurge in numbers of cases and be prepared with supplies and human resources and everything that goes into a rapid response," he said.
The spread of Haiti's cholera epidemic from river towns in the
countryside to the capital is a dangerous development, says the
The first case of cholera that originated in Port-au-Prince was
confirmed Monday and two more cases were confirmed Tuesday, the
FDA Managers Cleared of Wrongdoing
U.S. Food and Drug Administration managers did not pressure or
harass agency scientists into approving medical devices such as CT
scanners and MRI machines against their judgment, according to
This is the second time this year that the allegations have been
dismissed by the office of inspector general for the Department of
Health and Human Services, which oversees the FDA, the
Associated Press reported.
After the first finding was released in February, the inspector
general agreed to reopen the investigation at the request of
advocacy groups and federal lawmakers, who said the first
investigation was too narrow in scope.
In a one-page memo dated Oct. 14, the inspector general says the
second investigation found "no evidence of retaliation" against the
agency's medical device reviewers and concludes that "this case is
The nine current and former FDA scientists alleged that managers
improperly overruled their opinions about medical devices and
attempted to intimidate them when they made their concerns
New AMA Policy Covers Physicians' Use of Social Media
Privacy and appropriate conduct are major points included in a
newly released American Medical Association policy about
physicians' use of social media.
"Using social media can help physicians create a professional presence online, express their personal views and foster relationships, but it can also create new challenges for the patient-physician relationship," Dr. Mary Anne McCaffree, an AMA board member, said in an association news release. "The AMA's new policy outlines a number of considerations physicians should weigh when building or maintaining a presence online."
The policy recommends physicians:
- Use the strongest possible privacy settings to safeguard
personal information and content.
- Routinely check that personal and professional information on
their own sites and content posted about them by others is accurate
- Maintain appropriate boundaries of the patient-physician
relationship when interacting with patients online and ensure
patient privacy and confidentiality.
- Consider separating personal and professional content
- Understand that online actions and content can harm their
reputations among patients and colleagues, and may even damage
their medical careers.
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