Health Highlights: Aug. 30, 201108/30/11
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
HIV Diagnosis Closes Southern California Porn Industry
News that a porn star has tested positive for HIV has led to a
voluntary shutdown of Southern California's adult movie
Tests were being conducted on the performer to confirm the
diagnosis, Diane Duke, executive director of the adult film trade
association Free Speech Coalition, told
CBS and the
Duke would not reveal the gender, name or age of the performer,
who was initially diagnosed in an out-of-state clinic that doesn't
report to California health officials.
If the HIV diagnosis is confirmed, Duke's group will request
tests for people who had sex with the performer and the sex
partners of those people,
Researchers Call for More Studies of Acne Treatments
More research on acne treatments is needed to help patients
decide which are the best to use, researchers say.
The U.S. and U.K. researchers looked at current acne treatments
and discovered a scarcity of studies and conflicting guidelines for
the products. They also found that few recommendations for the
treatments' use are based on clinical evidence, the
Los Angeles Times reported.
In their paper published online in
The Lancet, the researchers called for more studies to establish a suitable plan for initial treatment of acne as well as maintenance treatment of the condition.
They also noted the need for long-term studies to look at risk
factors for persistent cases of acne, studies that compare various
treatments, and studies that examine the cost-effectiveness of the
Papaya-Linked Salmonella Outbreak Over: CDC
A salmonella outbreak linked to fresh papayas from Mexico
appears to be over, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention said Monday.
Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 25 of this year, 106 people infected
with the outbreak strain of
Salmonella Agona were reported in 25 states.
The outbreak was traced to fresh, whole papayas imported from
Mexico by Agromod Produce Inc. of Texas, which announced a recall
on July 23. The recall includes all Blondie, Yaya, Mananita and
Tastylicious brand papayas sold prior to July 23, the CDC said.
On Aug. 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an
import ban on papayas from nearly all the major papaya producing
regions in Mexico, unless the importer can prove the papayas are
not contaminated with salmonella.
New Details About U.S. Medical Experiments in Guatemala
Chilling new facts about medical experiments conducted by U.S.
researchers in Guatemala in the 1940s were revealed Monday by the
presidential panel investigating the matter.
The tests involved deliberately exposing 1,300 people to
sexually transmitted diseases in order to determine if penicillin
-- which was relatively new at the time -- could prevent infection,
Associated Press reported.
Only about 700 of the people received some sort of treatment and
83 of them died, although it's not clear if those deaths were
directly caused by the experiments, the commission said.
Specific cases disclosed Monday included one involving a women
with syphilis who had an undisclosed terminal illness. The
researchers wanted to assess the impact of an additional infection
and infected the woman with gonorrhea. She died six months
In another experiment, seven women with epilepsy received
syphilis injections at the base of the skull in order to find out
if syphilis infection might cure epilepsy. All of the women
developed bacterial meningitis, likely because the injections were
unsterile, but received treatment, the
After the Guatemala experiments came to light last year,
President Obama called the Guatemala president to apologize and
ordered the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical
Issues to review the matter. The commission's final report is due
Blood Shortages Along U.S. East Coast: Red Cross
Blood donations are urgently needed to ease blood shortages
along the U.S. East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Irene, the
American Red Cross says.
"Supplies before the storm were already tight, as they are every summer, and Irene caused the cancellation of 60 blood drives along the East Coast, resulting in a shortfall of more than 2,100 units of blood," President and CEO Gail McGovern said in a Red Cross news release.
"We're expecting these numbers to go up due to storm damage in many locations, which will cause more canceled blood drives," she added.
The Red Cross is asking people in areas not affected by the
storm to make immediate blood and platelet donations. People in
areas hit by the storm are encouraged to make donations once it is
safe to go out.
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