Health Highlights: April 8, 201304/08/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Margaret Thatcher Dies of Stroke
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday
after suffering a stroke. She was 87 years old.
Her death was confirmed by son Mark and daughter Carol,
The Telegraphnewspaper reported.
"It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning. A further statement will be made later," Thatcher's spokesman Lord Bell announced.
Thatcher, known as the Iron Lady, governed Britain from 1979 to
1990. She was Britain's first female prime minister.
Dengue Fever Much More Common Than Believed: Study
There may be about 390 million cases of dengue fever worldwide
each year, which is nearly four times higher than previously
believed, a new study says.
Prior estimates by the World Health Organization put the number
of cases of the mosquito-borne tropical disease at 50 million to
100 million a year, the
The study authors noted that most cases of dengue fever are mild
and don't require medical treatment. Their findings were published
online Sunday in the journal
The new numbers came from analyzing more evidence than was used
in previous estimates and by looking at other factors that
influence dengue, explained Jeremy Farrar, one of the study authors
and director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in
Two Infants Infected with Herpes After Ritual Circumcision
In the last three months, two infants in New York City's
ultra-Orthodox Jewish community have been infected with herpes
after undergoing ritual circumcision, the city's health department
The two boys were not identified. Officials said one of the
babies developed a fever and lesion on its scrotum seven days after
the circumcision and tested positive for herpes,
It is too early to tell if the infants will suffer long-term
health consequences from the herpes infection, said Jay Varma,
deputy commissioner for disease control in the city's health
The ritual circumcision includes a highly controversial
component in which the practitioner places his mouth around the
baby's penis to suck the blood and "cleanse" the wound,
Thirteen cases of herpes have been linked to the ritual since
2000, including two deaths and two other babies who suffered brain
WHO May Send Bird Flu Team to China
The Chinese government and World Health Organization are talking
about sending international experts to China to investigate the new
H7N9 bird flu strain, which has sickened at least 24 people,
including seven who died.
The latest victim died Sunday night a week after first
experiencing chills. The 64-year-old man in Shanghai first sought
medical treatment on Wednesday and was admitted to hospital Sunday.
He died hours later, the
The WHO has confidence in China's efforts to track and control
the outbreak, but growing international concern about the virus has
led the health organization to consider sending a team to the
country, said Michael O'Leary, head of WHO's office in China, the
The outbreak is of "great interest not only in the scientific
community but in the world at large," he said at a joint press
conference with China's national health agency. "WHO's
responsibility in part is to make sure that we serve as liaison and
linkage between China and the rest of the world."
The H7N9 virus had previously not been known to infect
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