Health Highlights: June 17, 201306/17/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Komen Breast Cancer Charity Announces New CEO
The new CEO of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer
charity is Judith Salerno, who most recently was executive director
and chief operating officer of the Institute of Medicine.
Founder Nancy Brinker announced last summer that she would step
down as CEO after Komen faced widespread criticism for announcing
that it would stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast
cancer screenings. The group later reversed that decision, the
Brinker began the charity in honor of her sister, who died of
breast cancer in 1980.
"Komen's commitment has helped countless numbers of low-income and medically underserved women and men get care they might otherwise have gone without, and Komen's research program is one of the most highly respected in the nation," Salerno, 61, said in a statement released by the charity, the APreported.
Four More MERS Deaths in Saudi Arabia
Four more people in Saudi Arabia have died from a new SARS-like
virus, bringing to 32 the total number of deaths the respiratory
disease has caused in the kingdom.
Overall, nearly 40 people have died from the MERS virus since
September, mostly in the Middle East and Europe, according to the
World Health Organization. According to the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, cases have been reported in Saudi
Arabia, France, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates
and the U.K.,
CBS News/Associated Pressreported.
On Monday, the Saudi Health Ministry also said that it had
confirmed three more cases of the virus, including a 2-year-old
child. Health officials are still trying to determine how easily
the virus spreads between humans.
The MERS virus is related to SARS, which killed about 800 people
worldwide in 2003. The WHO continues to monitor the situation but
has issued no recommendations about travel or trade restrictions,
Children's Hand Transplant Program Announced by U.S.
The world's first hand transplant program for children is being
launched by Boston Children's Hospital.
Patients will include children born without hands, those who
lose hands in accidents, and youngsters with infections that
require damaged hands to be amputated, the
Only one child in the world is known to have had a hand
transplant. The case involved a baby girl in Malaysia in 2000 who
received a hand from a twin who died at birth.
"We feel that this is justifiable," Dr. Amir Taghinia, who will lead the new transplant program, told the AP. "Children will potentially benefit even more from this procedure than adults" because they regrow nerves more quickly and have more problems with prosthetic hands, he explained.
The main risk facing children who have hand transplants comes
from immune suppressing drugs used to prevent rejection of the new
hand. These drugs cause side effects and may increase the child's
long-term risk of cancer.
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