Health Highlights: June 11, 201306/11/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Mandela Remains in Serious but Stable Condition
Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in serious
but stable condition in hospital, the government said in an update
released Monday evening.
The 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero is spending his fourth day
in a Pretoria hospital for a treatment of a recurrent lung
infection. He has been in intensive care since he was admitted to
hospital on Saturday,
It's the third time this year that Mandela has been admitted to
hospital. And last December, he spent 18 days receiving treatment
for a lung infection and gallstones.
There are indications that Mandela's family may have started to
gather at his bedside,
BBC Newsreported. His eldest daughter, Zenani
Mandela-Dlamini, returned to South Africa from Argentina, where she
is the ambassador, to visit her father, and wife Graca Machel
cancelled a scheduled appearance in London on Saturday to remain at
her husband's bedside.
Other visitors have included Mandela's ex-wife, Winnie
Madikizela-Mandela, and his granddaughters.
Transplant Network Creates Appeal/Review System for Young Lung
A special appeal and review system for children under age 12 on
the U.S. lung transplant waiting list was announced Monday by the
Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, but the group
decided not to make emergency rule changes for this group of
The teleconference was triggered by the cases of two children --
a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy -- who have end-stage
cystic fibrosis and are waiting for lung transplants, the
The children's families challenged a national policy that
requires patients under 12 to wait for lungs from children or to be
given lungs from adults only after the lungs have first been
offered to all teens and adults on the waiting list. Last week, a
federal judge ruled that the two children should be eligible for
While trying to acknowledge the concerns raised by the judge,
the transplant network was also sending a message with its decision
Monday, according to a transplant ethics expert.
"I think what they're trying to tell the judge is, 'We have a system. It's working. Let us decide, not you,'" Dr. Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University Langone Medical Center, told the AP.
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