Health Highlights: Feb. 4, 201102/04/11
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Most Dog Owners Think Training Brings Safety: Survey
Most U.S. pet owners believe that proper training can make any
breed of dog safe, even those widely viewed as vicious, according
to a new survey.
About 28 percent of respondents said certain breeds, such as pit
bulls or Rottweilers, are dangerous, while 71 percent believe any
breed can be safe if a dog is well trained, found the
Associated Press-Petside.com poll.
While 68 percent of the pet owners in the survey think all dog
breeds should be allowed in residential communities, 38 percent
feel some breeds should be banned. Among those who support bans, 85
percent specified pit bulls. Other breeds considered too risky were
Rottweilers, chow chows, Dobermans and German shepherds.
When poll respondents were asked specifically about pit bulls,
53 percent said they were safe for residential neighborhoods and 43
percent said they were too dangerous, the
Vitamin Waters Ads Misleading: Consumer Group
A consumer group wants U.S. officials to stop what it calls
misleading advertising claims about vitamin waters.
The National Consumers League says the Federal Trade Commission
should halt "dangerously misleading" ads that suggest vitamin
waters can prevent illness or replace flu shots,
United Press International reported.
The products contain fructose and other forms of sugar that are
high in calories, the group said.
"These advertising claims are not only untrue, they constitute a public health menace," said NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg, UPI reported. "Stopping these vitamin water claims, which
contradict information by the Centers for Disease Control and other
public health authorities, should be a top FTC priority."
States Offered Ways to Cut Medicaid Costs
The White House has given states a number of suggestions for
cutting their spending for Medicaid, the government-sponsored
health program for lower-income individuals.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
outlined a number of approaches, including charging higher
co-payments for certain services, more efficient management of
high-cost patients, limiting some benefits, finding ways to lower
drug costs, and cracking down on improper payments, the
Associated Press reported.
But Sebelius didn't suggest one item favored by a number of
governors -- reducing the number of Medicaid beneficiaries by
restricting eligibility. That approach is being considered by some
states, the news service said.
The federal government pays an average of close to 60 cents of
every $1 spent on Medicaid, but the program is generally the first
or second most expensive item in state budgets, the
Some SafetyCraft Cribs Unsafe: CPSC
SafetyCraft full-size and portable drop-side cribs distributed
by Generation 2 Worldwide may pose a strangulation and suffocation
risk to infants due to faulty hardware, the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission warns.
The agency said parents and caregivers should not attempt to fix
these cribs. They should stop using the cribs immediately and find
an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby, the
Associated Press reported.
The safety alert applies only to SafteyCraft cribs distributed
by Generation 2 Worldwide of Dothan, Ala., which ceased operations
in 2005. SafetyCraft cribs made and sold by Foundations Children's
Products of Medina, Ohio, are not included in the safety alert, the
news services said.
The CPSC said consumers can identify Foundations SafetyCraft
cribs by looking for "Foundations" printed on the mattress support
assembly instructions label under the crib mattress, the
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