Health Highlights: Jan. 16, 201301/16/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Woman Who Advocated for Others With Gigantism Dies
A Las Vegas woman with a rare disorder that caused her to keep
growing died Monday.
Tanya Angus, 34, was 7 feet 2 inches tall and weighed about 400
pounds when she died. It appears she died after catching a cold and
developing a tear in her heart, according to her mother Karen
Angus had a condition called acromegaly, or gigantism. A
non-cancerous tumor on the pituitary gland causes overproduction of
"Mom, I don't know why I got it,'" Karen Strutynski recalled her daughter saying, the APreported. "But I guess God decided that I could handle it.'"
Angus became an advocate for people with the disease and
appeared on news programs and television specials in order to
increase public awareness and understanding about the
She worked to help others get diagnosed and receive treatment
before the disease got out of control, her mother said. Angus
corresponded with people from about 60 countries struggling with
Strutynski said she plans to maintain her daughter's website and
to continue corresponding with patients who have the disease, the
Eleven Infected at U.S. Biological Labs Between 2004 and 2010:
At least 11 staff members at U.S. biological laboratories were
infected with dangerous pathogens between 2004 and 2010, according
to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
None of the infected workers died.
The CDC said the infection rate of 1.6 per 100,000 workers was
far lower than the rate of general occupational illnesses in
scientific and research sites, the
"If you look at the report as a whole, it's a success story," report co-author Robbin Weyant told the AP. Weyant oversees CDC regulation of about 70 "select agents and toxins" considered a severe threat to human, animal or plant health.
"We have about 10,000 people a year working in these laboratories. To have such a small number of confirmed infections over nearly a decade, I think, is quite good," Weyant said.
The report was published in the January issue of the journal
Bikini Waxing Credited With Decline in Pubic Lice
The rising popularity of bikini waxing may be the reason why the
number of people with pubic lice is declining, according to
Bikini waxing -- which involves clipping, waxing and shaving the
groin area -- destroys the most favorable habitat of pubic lice,
More than 80 percent of U.S. college students remove all or some
of their pubic hair, a trend that's increasing in western nations.
The main sexual health clinic in Sydney, Australia hasn't treated a
woman with public lice since 2008, and male cases have fallen about
80 percent in the last decade.
"It used to be extremely common; it's now rarely seen," said Basil Donovan, head of sexual health at the University of New South Wales's Kirby Institute and a doctor at the Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Bloombergreported. "Without doubt, it's better grooming."
Pubic lice are typically treated with topical insecticides.
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