Health Highlights: June 10, 201306/10/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Mandela Remains in Hospital
South Africans are being told to pray for former President
Nelson Mandela, who remained hospitalized Monday to treat a
recurring lung infection.
"His condition is unchanged," according to a statement released Monday by the current president's office, " the Wall Street Journalreported. "President Jacob Zuma reiterates his call for South Africa to pray for Madiba and the family during this time."
Madiba is the clan name by which many South Africans refer to
the anti-apartheid hero.
Mandela was taken to hospital early Saturday after doctors
treating him for a lung infection at his home determined that there
had been a significant decline in his condition,
This is the fourth hospitalization in the past six months for
Mandela, who will turn 95 next month. That includes a three-week
stay in December to treat a lung infection and to remove gallstones
and another stay that ended in early April, in which Mandela was
treated for a lung infection.
Fungus, Bacteria Found in Drugs From Tennessee Pharmacy: FDA
Fungus and bacteria have been found in drug vials from a
Tennessee specialty pharmacy that recalled all of its injectable
medicines last month, according to the U.S. Food and Drug
The growths were detected in two unopened vials of a steroid
injection distributed by the Main Street Family Pharmacy of
Newbern. The FDA said it is working with the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention to identify the exact species of fungus and
An investigation was launched last month after seven patients in
North Carolina and Illinois said they developed skin abscesses
after being injected with the steroid methylprednisolone acetate,
which is used to treat joint pain, inflammation and respiratory
This is the same steroid linked to a deadly fungal meningitis
outbreak that began last year and has caused 58 deaths and sickened
more than 740 other people, the
APreported. The FDA said it does not know of cases of
meningitis associated with products from Main Street Family
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