Health Highlights: Nov. 12, 201011/12/10
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Florida Dengue Fever Case Confirmed
The first locally-acquired case of dengue fever since the 1950s
has been confirmed in Florida's Miami-Dade County, say health
They said the mosquito-borne disease was diagnosed in a man who
has not traveled outside the county for more than two weeks. He was
briefly hospitalized but has made a full recovery,
It's not known where the man was infected with the virus. It's a
different strain than the one that's caused a number of dengue
fever cases in Key West and one in Broward County.
Dengue infection occurs in about 100 million people worldwide
each year, mostly in the tropics and subtropics. Symptoms include
fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, and rash,
Jane Fonda 'Fine' After Breast Tumor Removal
Jane Fonda says she is cancer-free after undergoing a procedure
a few days ago to remove a breast tumor.
The 72-year-old actress and fitness promoter told
Entertainment Tonight that the tumor was found a few weeks
ago during a routine checkup,
CBS News reported.
"Fonda wants all of her fans to know that she is 'fine' and is out promoting her newest fitness DVDs," said an ET news release.
U.N. Requests $164 Million for Haiti Cholera Epidemic
The United Nations said Friday that it needs $164 million to
combat the cholera epidemic in Haiti.
The money will be used for additional doctors, medicine and
water purification equipment to treat up to 200,000 people, the
Associated Press reported.
The money is needed as soon as possible or "all our efforts can
be outrun by this epidemic," Elisabeth Byrs, a spokeswoman for the
U.N. humanitarian office told reporters in Geneva.
Since the outbreak began last month, there have been more than
11,000 cases and at least 724 deaths. The epidemic isn't likely to
end soon, the World Health Organization said Friday, the
Mutant Mosquitoes Used to Fight Dengue Fever
A project in the Cayman Islands is testing whether genetically
modified mosquitoes can be used to fight dengue fever.
British scientists created sterile male mosquitoes and from May
to October released three million of the altered males to mate with
female mosquitoes, which bit people and spread diseases, the
Associated Press reported.
By August, the mosquito population in the targeted area was 80
percent lower than in a neighboring area where no sterile males
"This test in the Cayman Islands could be a big step forward," said Andrew Read, a professor of biology and entomology at Pennsylvania State University, told the AP.
"Anything that could selectively remove insects transmitting really nasty diseases would be very helpful," added Read, who was not involved in the project.
There is no vaccine or treatment for the potentially fatal
disease, which can cause fever, muscle and joint pain, and
hemorrhagic bleeding. There are at least 50 million cases of dengue
fever worldwide each year, according to the World Health
San Francisco Mayor Will Veto Ban on Fast-Food Meal Toys
The mayor of San Francisco says he'll veto a new law that bans
toys with fast-food meals, but his action is meaningless because
the city's board of supervisors has the votes it needs to override
Mayor Gavin Newsom's office said he'll hold an event at an
elementary school Friday afternoon. Along with the veto, he'll
release a report outlining the city's efforts to fight childhood
Under the new law, toys are only allowed with meals that meet
certain nutritional standards.
"This is a simple and modest policy that holds fast food accountable," said Supervisor Eric Mar, who initiated the new ordinance, CNN reported.
Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks Banned in Washington State
A ban on caffeinated alcoholic energy drinks will take effect
Nov. 18 in Washington state.
The rule, adopted Wednesday by the state Liquor Control Board,
comes after nine Central Washington University students were
hospitalized in early October with high blood-alcohol levels after
drinking a caffeinated malt liquor product called Four Loko, the
Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.
These "blackout in a can" beverages "are real trouble for our
youth," Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said at a press conference
The sale of caffeinated malt liquors has been restricted in
Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma and Utah and New York Senator Chuck
Schumer on Wednesday urged officials in his state to ban Four Loko
and similar drinks, the
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