Health Highlights: Jan. 9, 201301/09/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Device Sucks Food From Stomach, Helps People Lose Weight
A new device that sucks food out of the stomach can help obese
people lose weight, according to the inventors of the
People wait 20 minutes after eating, then use the AspireAssist
to empty 30 percent of their stomach contents into the toilet
through a tube attached to a port implanted on the outside of the
Removing the food prevents absorption of calories, which leads
to weight loss, according to the inventors. A one-year trial of 24
obese people found that they lost an average of 49 percent of their
excess weight (about 45 pounds) when using the device.
AspireAssist has been available in some parts of Europe since
2011. It's currently undergoing trials in the United States but has
not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration,
Fisher-Price Sleepers Recalled Due to Mold Problem
About 800,00 Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleepers are being recalled by
Fisher-Price due to a problem that could expose infants to mold,
which can cause respiratory illnesses and other health
Mold can develop between the sleeper's hard plastic frame and
removable seat cushion if the sleeper remains wet/moist or is not
regularly cleaned. Fisher-Price has received 600 reports of mold on
the sleepers and 16 people have reported that their infants
received treatment for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after
sleeping in the product, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
The sleepers were sold at stores across the U.S. and online
since September 2009. Consumers with these sleepers should check
for mold under the removable seat cushion. The presence of mold is
indicated by dark brown, gray or black spots.
If there is mold, consumers should immediately stop using the
sleeper and contact Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions or
further help, the CPSC said.
For more information, phone Fisher-Price at 1-800-432-5437 or go
to the company's website.
George H.W. Bush's Recovery Continuing: Spokesman
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is continuing his
recovery from a bronchitis-related cough and there's no timetable
for his release from hospital, according to a statement released
Bush, 88, has been in Methodist Hospital in Houston since Nov.
Monday's statement by the former president's spokesman Jim
McGrath is the first information about Bush's condition since Dec.
30., when it was announced that he had been moved out of intensive
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