Health Highlights: May 4, 201205/04/12
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
14 People in U.S. Sickened by Tainted Dog Food
A 74-year-old woman and a four-month-old baby are among at least
14 people in the United States who have been sickened by tainted
dog food, according to health officials.
No deaths have been reported, but five people have been
hospitalized in connection with the recalled dog food made by
Diamond Pet Foods,
Agence France-Presse reported.
Pet owners should wash their hands before and after handling pet
foods and treats, touching or feeding their pet, and before
preparing or eating their own food, officials advised.
"Humans can become ill by handling pet products contaminated with salmonella, and by coming in contact with pets or with surfaces that have been contaminated," Ohio's health department said in a statement, AFP reported.
Vogue Pledges to Only Use Healthy-Looking Models
The fashion magazine
Vogue will no longer use models who appear to have an eating
disorder or models under the age of 16.
The pact, made by the editors of the 19 international editions
of the magazine, was announced Thursday,
CBS News reported.
"Vogue editors around the world want the magazines to reflect their commitment to the health of the models who appear on the pages and the well-being of their readers," Conde Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse said.
The change will take effect in the June issues of all the
international editions of
CBS News reported.
Federal Funding for Oregon Preventive Health Program
The Obama administration says it's willing to provide $1.9
billion over five years to help Oregon launch a new health care
plan to promote preventive care in order to reduce health care
State officials believe the program could save $11 billion in
state and federal health care spending over the next decade by
reducing duplicated treatments and preventable hospitalizations,
Associated Press reported.
Using this approach to save Medicaid billions of dollars can be
achieved without sacrificing the quality of health care, according
to Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat and former emergency room
He said the federal government could save $1.5 trillion over the
next 10 years if all 50 states adopted similar programs, the
Helmet Use in Tornado Okay, But Still Need Safe Shelter: CDC
Wearing a helmet during a tornado is okay but you still need to
find safe shelter, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Head trauma is a common among people who die or suffer serious
injuries in tornadoes. Some safety advocates have started telling
people to wear helmets when there is a tornado warning,
USA Today reported.
While there is no good research on the effectiveness of helmets
in tornadoes, "we do know that head injuries are common causes of
death during tornadoes, and we have long made the recommendation
that people try to protect their heads," the CDC said in a
However, the CDC said if you decide to wear a helmet during a
tornado warning you need to make sure that looking for it won't
delay you from getting to the basement or other types of shelter,
USA Today reported.
The CDC also emphasized that helmets "should not be considered
an alternative to seeking appropriate shelter."
Electronic Implants Restore Men's Vision
Small wireless devices restored useful vision in two British men
who had previously been totally blind due to the genetic eye
condition retinitis pigmentosa.
The implants, which contain 1,500 tiny electronic light
detectors and are fitted behind the retina, send electronic signals
to the optic nerve,
CBS News reported.
Chris James, 54, and Robin Millar, 60, were able to detect light
and locate objects on a dark background immediately after the
devices were activated.
The devices are made by German company Retina Implant AG and the
clinical trials on the two men were conducted at Oxford University
Hospital NHS Trust in the U.K.
"What makes this unique is that all functions of the retina are integrated into the chip," surgical team leader Professor Robert MacLaren said in a university news release, CBS News reported.
Bacterial Infection Killed California Researcher
The death Saturday of a 25-year-old researcher at the San
Francisco VA Medical Center was caused by a meningococcal infection
he may have acquired at the hospital.
The man, whose name has not been released, developed headache,
fever and chills on Friday about two hours after he left the lab
where he was helping to develop a vaccine for
Neisseria meningitidis, a bacterium that causes life-threatening blood infections and meningitis, ABC News reported.
"It looks like he took all the appropriate precautions," said Dr. Harry Lampiris, chief of infectious diseases at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, who described the ventilated workspace in the lab that sucks air up and any from the person handling the bacteria. "But this is under investigation by Cal-OSHA [California Occupational Health and Safety Association]."
Neisseria meningitidis is transmitted person-to-person
through respiratory droplets. Ten people who had close contact with
the researcher, including his girlfriend and roommates, have been
given antibiotics, San Francisco Department of Public Health
spokeswoman Eileen Shields told
Another 60 people at the San Francisco VA Medical Center have
received antibiotics, including the researcher's coworkers and
medical staff involved in his treatment.
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