Health Highlights: June 5, 201306/05/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Breast Cancer Charity Komen Cancels Half of 3-Day Walks in
A decline in the number of participants has led the Susan G.
Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity to cancel its signature
3-Day walk in seven locations in 2014, cutting the number of walks
The charity said reasons for the decision included economic
uncertainty and competition from other charities. These are the
same factors Komen has said are responsible for a decrease in
fundraising since founder Nancy Brinker's unsuccessful attempt in
2012 to deny funds to Planned Parenthood, the
The 3-Day events require participants to raise at least $2,300
and are a major revenue source for Komen. In the events,
participants walk about 20 miles each of the three days.
The decision does not affect the 3-Day events scheduled for this
year or other Komen events or services. In 2014, 3-Day events will
be held in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Michigan, Philadelphia, San
Diego, Seattle and Minneapolis-St. Paul, but will be cancelled in
Arizona, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, the Tampa Bay area, San
Francisco and Washington, D.C., the
HHS Secretary Won't Intervene in Young Girl's Lung Transplant
At a Congressional hearing Tuesday, Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held fast in her refusal to intervene
in the case of a 10-year-old girl who has end-stage cystic fibrosis
and is waiting for a lung transplant.
Sebelius called the case "incredibly agonizing" but said
transplant eligibility decisions should be made by medical experts,
The hearing focused on the case of Sarah Murnaghan of Newton
Square, Penn. Her parents are challenging a policy that prevents
children younger than age 12 from receiving adult organ transplants
unless all adults and teens on the list have been offered the
In a statement, Janet and Fran Murnaghan said they want Sebelius
to intervene on behalf of all children waiting for lung
transplants, not just their daughter,
Last week, Sebelius requested an urgent review of the policy,
but the process could take months and Sarah would likely die in the
meantime, according to her parents.
Company Recalls Frozen Berry Mix Linked to Hepatitis
A frozen berry mix linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A that has
affected at least 34 people in five states has been recalled by
Townsend Farms of Oregon, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The recall involves the company's frozen Organic Antioxidant
Blend, which is packaged under the Townsend Farms label at Costco
and under the Harris Teeter brand at those stores, the
The recall came three days after federal officials first
announced a suspected link between the frozen berry mix and the
illnesses in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.
The FDA, which is inspecting Townsend Farms' processing facilities,
did not explain why there was not an immediate recall.
The outbreak involves a strain of hepatitis A rarely seen in
North or South America, but which is found in North Africa and the
Middle East, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Last week, a lawyer for Townsend Farms said the frozen berry
product associated with the outbreak includes pomegranate seeds
from Turkey, the
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