Health Highlights: March 4, 201303/04/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Queen Elizabeth II Hospitalized With Stomach Bug
Queen Elizabeth II was admitted to a London hospital on Sunday
after she experienced symptoms of gastroenteritis, often referred
to as stomach flu.
The 86-year-old monarch's hospitalization was taken as "a
precautionary measure," according to a Buckingham Palace spokesman,
The New York Timesreported.
The queen was taken to the King Edward VII Hospital by private
car and was expected to remain there for about two days. Other than
the gastroenteritis symptoms, she is in good health and "in good
spirits," the spokesman said.
All the queen's engagements for the next week have been
postponed or canceled, including a two-day visit to Italy that was
scheduled to begin Wednesday,
The queen last hospitalized in 2003 for surgery to repair
damaged cartilage in her knee.
FDA Report Questions Use of Salmon Hormone to Treat
A salmon hormone used to treat osteoporosis in post-menopausal
women may not reduce the risk of bone fractures enough to outweigh
its cancer risks, according to a report by U.S. Food and Drug
It said that three studies of oral, injectable and nasal
calcitonin-salmon drugs showed unreliable or disappointing results.
Additional research showed that the drugs posed a "plausible"
FDA advisers are scheduled to meet next week to decide if sales
of calcitonin-salmon drugs should be halted in the United States.
Last year, the European Medicines Agency said that the drugs should
not be used to treat osteoporosis.
"This lack of effectiveness when combined with the potential for a cancer risk associated with calcitonin salmon therapy raises concerns about the overall risk and benefit assessment," FDA staff said, Bloombergreported.
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