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Health Highlights: July 2, 2013

Health Highlights: July 2, 2013

07/02/13

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Long John Silver's Has Least Healthful Meal: Watchdog Group

Long John Silver's serves the least healthful meal in the United States, according to the watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The group tested the restaurant chain's Big Catch meal -- which includes batter-fried haddock and side dishes such as hush puppies and onion rings -- and found that it has 33 grams of trans fat. That's more than two weeks' worth of the two-grams-per-day maximum recommended by the American Heart Association, the Los Angeles Timesreported.

The AMA says that trans fats increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, and are also linked to type 2 diabetes. Some other fast food chains, such as Taco Bell and KFC, phased out trans fats years ago.

The analysis of the Big Catch meal also revealed that it contains 19 grams of saturated fat, 1,320 calories and nearly 3,700 milligrams of sodium, the Timesreported.

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Girl Who Got Lung Transplant Has Follow-Up Surgery

Double-lung transplant recipient Sarah Murnaghan was to undergo follow-up surgery Tuesday to repair her diaphragm.

The 10-year-old received adult lungs after her parents sued to change national transplant rules. She had to receive a second set of lungs after the first set failed within hours of the first transplant on June 12, the Associated Pressreported.

The second transplant was a success and Sarah was able to take a few breaths on her own, according to her mother.

However, her mother said Sarah had to be put back on a ventilator due to partial paralysis of her diaphragm, a complication of her transplant surgery, the APreported.

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