Health Highlights: May 2, 201205/02/12
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
258 Now Sickened in Tuna-Linked Salmonella Outbreak
A salmonella outbreak linked to a frozen yellowfin tuna product
has now sickened 258 people in 24 states and the District of
Columbia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said
In a statement, the agency said 32 people have been hospitalized
but there have been no deaths reported.
The CDC says it is now including two types of salmonella in the
"outbreak strains" -- Salmonella Bareilly (247 cases) and
Salmonella Nchanga (11 cases).
On April 16, nearly 59,000 pounds of tuna product linked to the
outbreak -- labeled Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA -- were recalled by
Moon Marine USA Corp. of Cupertino, Calif. The product, which is
scraped off fish bones, was sold to grocery stores and restaurants
to make dishes such as sushi, sashimi and ceviche.
As reported early in the outbreak by the
Associated Press, many people who became ill reported eating raw tuna in sushi as "spicy tuna."
As of Wednesday, the CDC said illnesses linked Salmonella
Bareilly had been reported in: Alabama (2), Arkansas (1),
California (2), Connecticut (9), District of Columbia (2), Florida
(1), Georgia (10), Illinois (23), Louisiana (3), Maryland (24),
Massachusetts (27), Mississippi (2), Missouri (4), Nebraska (1),
New Jersey (25), New York (39), North Carolina (4), Pennsylvania
(20), Rhode Island (6), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (2), Texas
(4), Virginia (16), Vermont (1) and Wisconsin (16). Illnesses
linked to Salmonella Nchanga had been reported in Georgia (2), New
Jersey (2), New York (5), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (1), the CDC
The CDC noted that salmonella illness is often serious for
infants, older adults, pregnant women and persons with impaired
immune systems, and these individuals should not eat raw or
partially cooked fish or shellfish.
USDA Introduces New Rules to Combat E. Coli Contamination in
Updated rules to keep potentially the deadly bacterium out of
meat have been introduced by the U.S. Department of
The new regulations allow inspectors to start looking for meat
contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 as soon as early testing shows a
potential problem. The goal of the new policy is to accelerate the
USDA's ability to track down and contain contaminated hamburger and
USA Today reported.
The USDA says it will be quicker to take action if there are
signs of trouble. Previously, the agency did not launch
investigations into possible contaminated meat until several tests
were completed, a process that often took days.
The policy change "buys us 24 to 48 hours in terms of finding
the sources," said USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Elisabeth
USA Today reported.
Other new safety measures introduced by the USDA include an
early reporting system that requires companies to notify the agency
within 24 hours if potentially harmful meat or poultry has been
shipped. The agency has also added six new E. coli strains to a
government watch list.
Study Points to Trigger Behind Need for Nighttime Urination
Low levels of a certain protein might spur people to get up
numerous times in the night to urinate, according to a new study
conducted in mice.
Japanese researchers found that reduced levels of the connexin43
protein trick the bladder into believing that it is full, which
sends a "must urinate" signal to the brain,
Agence France-Presse reported.
The finding was made in laboratory mice that had been
genetically modified to lack the gene that produces connexin43.
The study was published Tuesday in the journal
More American Teens Using Marijuana: Survey
A new survey says a growing number of American teens are smoking
Past-month use of marijuana rose from 19 percent in 2008 to 27
percent last year. The percentage of teens who smoked marijuana 20
or more times a month increased from 5 percent in 2008 to 9 percent
last year, according to the Partnership at Drugfree.org survey
results released Tuesday, the
Associated Press reported.
Abuse of prescription drugs appears to be easing among youth in
grades 9 through 12, but still remains high.
The survey also found that teens' use of harder drugs such as
methamphetamine and cocaine has stabilized in recent years, the
Dog Food Recall Expanded
Diamond Pet Foods' recall of dog food due to possible salmonella
contamination has been expanded to include puppy food, the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration says.
The latest recall is for Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food that
was distributed in 12 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South
Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia,
Previous recalls were for Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice dry
dog food and Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light
formula dry dog food.
The FDA says there have not been any reports of dogs becoming
ill after eating the recalled products,
Mother Charged After Young Daughter Suffers Burns in Tanning
A New Jersey woman has been charged with child endangerment
after she allegedly took her 5-year-old daughter into a stand-up
tanning booth and the girl suffered burns.
Police were called to an elementary school on April 24 because a
kindergarten student was suffering pain due to a "pretty severe
sunburn," Nutley Police Det. Anthony Montanari told
The Record newspaper, the
Associated Press reported.
New Jersey law bans anyone younger than age 14 from using
Patricia Krentcil, 44, posted $25,000 bail and was released to
authorities in Camden County, where she had an outstanding warrant
on a municipal charge, the
Appeals Judge Grants Extension in Planned Parenthood Funding
In the ongoing legal fight over funding for Planned Parenthood
in Texas, a federal appeals judge on Tuesday said more time is
needed to hear arguments on whether that state can prevent the
group from receiving funding as part of the the Women's Health
The move comes less than 24 hours after another federal district
court judge, Judge Lee Yeakel, issued an order forbidding Texas
from enforcing a law that bans Planned Parenthood from
participating in the program.
On Tuesday, Fifth Circuit Appeals Judge Jerry Smith gave lawyers
for eight Planned Parenthood clinics involved in a lawsuit against
the state until 5 p.m. Tuesday to present their arguments about why
Texas should be prevented from enforcing the law, the
Associated Press reported.
"We are disappointed in the stay granted last night," Sarah Wheat, interim CEO of Planned Parenthood of Austin Family Planning, told the AP. "When presented with both sides, the District Court agreed the rule was likely unconstitutional, and that implementation would cause a serious problem with health care access for Texas women."
Under the appeals judge's order, Texas can exclude the Planned
Parenthood clinics from the Women's Health Program today, according
to Texas Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman
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