Health Highlights: Feb. 27, 201202/27/12
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Condom-Use Errors Common, Study Finds
An analysis of data from 50 studies across 14 countries finds
that errors in using condoms are common and could contribute to
unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections.
Stephanie Sanders and colleagues at The Kinsey Institute for
Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University
looked at 16 years of data on the issue, mainly from the United
States and Britain.
They found that:
- Between 17 and 51 percent of people put condoms on partway
during intercourse (dangerous because fluids can be exchanged prior
to ejaculation). Between 13 percent and 45 percent of respondents
said they took a condom off before intercourse had finished.
- Between one-quarter and one-half of respondents said they
failed to leave enough room at the tip of the condom for semen to
- 75 percent of men and 82 percent of women failed to check
condoms for damage prior to use.
- Condom breakages occurred for between about 1 percent and 41
percent of respondents, depending on the study, and between about
13 and 19 percent said they had experienced condom slippage.
- Between 4 percent and just over 30 percent of participants said
they had put a condom on inside-out, then flipped it the other way
around, potentially upping the risk for transmission of bodily
- Between 2 percent and 11 percent of people opened condom
packets with a sharp object or somehow exposed the condom to
rips/tears. Between 1 percent and 3 percent of respondents said
they had re-used a condom during a sexual encounter.
The findings were reported in the journal
Attempt at First Quadruple Limb Transplant Fails
What was touted as the world's first quadruple limb transplant
has failed, a Turkish hospital says.
Because of incompatibility issues, doctors at Ankara's Hacettepe
University Hospital had to remove two arms and two legs attached to
a 27-year-old man on Friday,
Agence-France Presse reported. The ground-breaking operation
involved a 52-member surgical team.
"The science council (of the hospital) decided to remove the organs one by one due to additional metabolic complications in the following process," the hospital said in a news release. "Our patient is now in the intensive care unit. The critical process is still continuing," it said.
The patient's heart and vascular system were unable to maintain
the new limbs,
The young man, Sevket Cavdar, had lost his limbs 14 years ago
after getting electrocuted, news reports said.
14 Sickened in Jimmy John's Restaurant E. Coli Outbreak: CDC
Fourteen people across six states have developed E. coli-linked
illness from sprouts they most likely ate at a Jimmy John's
Restaurant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
said late Friday.
Five such cases have occurred in Iowa, three in Missouri, two
each in Kansas and Michigan, and one case each in Arkansas and
Wisconsin, the agency said. So far, there have been no deaths
linked to the outbreak, although two people have been
"Preliminary results of the epidemiologic and traceback investigations indicate eating raw clover sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants is the likely cause of this outbreak," the CDC said in a news release.
The agency advised that consumers avoid eating uncooked sprouts
and "children, older adults, pregnant women, and persons with
weakened immune systems should [especially] avoid eating raw
sprouts of any kind."
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