Health Highlights: Dec. 27, 201212/27/12
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Ex-President George H.W. Bush in Hospital ICU: Reports
Former President George H.W. Bush, 88, remains in "guarded
condition" in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital because
of a persistent fever related to a lingering respiratory illness,
according to published reports.
Bush, who was initially hospitalized on Nov. 23 with a cough
linked to bronchitis, was moved to the ICU at Methodist Hospital on
Sunday because of an alarming fever, Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman
in Houston, told the
"It's an elevated fever, so it's actually gone up in the last day or two," McGrath told the AP. "It's a stubborn fever that won't go away." However, the cough that sent Bush to the hospital last month is improved, he said.
Bush -- the 41st president and the oldest former
commander-in-chief -- was put on a liquid diet, McGrath also said
on Wednesday. The former president's family is with him, and his
physicians are cautiously optimistic about his prognosis, McGrath
Ground-Breaking Breast Cancer Researcher Dies at 92
Award-winning medical researcher Elwood V. Jensen, who pioneered
life-saving treatments for breast cancer, died of pneumonia
complications on Dec. 16 in Cincinnati at age 92,
The New York Timesreported Thursday.
Jensen's work with steroid hormones led to new treatments for
breast cancer, and in 2004 earned him the prestigious Albert Lasker
Basic Medical Research Award, which he shared with two other
In the 1950s at the University of Chicago, Jensen advanced the
study of steroid hormones and their relation to cancer,
The Timesnoted. Focusing first on the hormone estrogen, he
eventually concluded that about one-third of breast cancer cells
were estrogen positive -- that is, they contain estrogen
By blocking estrogen surgically or with drugs such as tamoxifen,
many women with this type of breast cancer go into remission. It's
believed that Jensen's efforts saved hundreds of thousands of
A test for estrogen receptors that Jensen and a University of
Chicago colleague developed is now routine in breast cancer
Also, because of research by Jensen and his colleagues, it's
known that different receptors play myriad roles in the body's
cells, starting with fetal development and including fat and
cholesterol buildup, the newspaper noted.
Four Retailers Recall 'Nap Nanny' Recliners Tied to 5 Infant
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced
Thursday that four major retailers are joining in a voluntary
recall of the Nap Nanny infant recliner, after the product was
linked to the deaths of five infants. The recliner is made by Baby
Matters LLC, of Berwyn, Pa.
Retailers participating in the recall include Amazon.com, Buy
Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies R Us, the CPSC said in a
news release. "At the request of the CPSC, these retailers have
agreed to voluntarily participate because the manufacturer is
unable or unwilling to participate in the recall," the agency
According to the CPSC, the Nap Nanny Generation One and Two, and
the Chill model infant recliners carry design defects tied to 92
reports of babies hanging out of the recliner or falling out, even
though they were restrained by a harness.
Priced around $130, more than 155,000 of the recliners are
thought to have been sold since 2009, the CPSC said. Consumers who
have one of the models listed above should contact the retailer
from which they purchased it for information on returning the
product, the agency said.
Nelson Mandela Released from Hospital Care
Anti-apartheid hero and former South Africa President Nelson
Mandela was discharged from the hospital Wednesday, according to
CBS News/Associated Press.
According to the
AP, the 94-year-old Mandela, who had been hospitalized with
respiratory trouble since Dec. 8, will receive more medical care at
his Johannesburg home.
Mandela was diagnosed with a lung infection and also underwent
gallstone surgery during his hospital stay, the news agency said.
He had contracted tuberculosis during his 27-year prison stay in
the apartheid era,
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