Health Highlights: July 23, 201307/23/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Antioxidant Claims, Vitamin E Removed from 7Up Products
Vitamin E will no longer be added to regular, diet cherry, mixed
berry and pomegranate 7Up flavors, and the drinks' labels will no
longer make antioxidant claims under a legal agreement reached
between Dr Pepper Snapple Group and the Center for Science in the
The consumer nutrition and health advocacy group sued the
company in November 2012, saying it was making false claims by
placing pictures of cherries, blackberries, cranberries,
raspberries and pomegranates on its 7Up beverages and claiming the
products contained antioxidants. However, the nutritional benefits
came from additives like vitamin E, not fruit itself,
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not permit vitamins
to be added to carbonated soft drinks and junk food.
"Soda is not a health food, and should not be marketed as a healthy source of antioxidants or other nutrients," CSPI litigation director Steve Gardner said in a news release. "It's to the credit of Dr Pepper Snapple Group that it carefully considered these concerns, and worked collaboratively to resolve the dispute without further litigation. The end result is a big plus for consumers."
Under the settlement, the company will pay $5,000 to the Center
for Science in the Public Interest and $237,500 for its attorney's
Kate Middleton Gives Birth to a Boy
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a
Her husband, Prince William, was present for the birth,
according to Kensington Palace.
Their first child was born at 4:24 p.m. London time at St.
Mary's Hospital in Paddington. The infant, who weighs 8 pounds, 6
ounces, and has not yet been named, will be third in line to the
Both Middleton and the baby were doing well and will stay in the
hospital overnight, the newspaper said.
A bulletin, signed by key medical staff, was taken by a royal
aide from St. Mary's to Buckingham Palace under police escort. It
is now displayed on an ornate easel in the forecourt of the palace,
in accordance with centuries of royal tradition.
"The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news," a Kensington Palace statement said.
Multistate Cyclospora Outbreak Has Sickened More Than 200
More than 200 people in numerous states have become ill with
cyclospora infections in an outbreak that began a few weeks ago,
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Most of the patients first became ill with the foodborne illness
between mid-June and early July. Reported cases have occurred in
Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin and Illinois. At least eight
people have been hospitalized.
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the
illnesses, but have not made any connections with specific food
items. Various types of fresh produce have been implicated in
previous outbreak investigations, the CDC said.
No common events, such as social gatherings, have been
identified among the patients and it is not clear if the cases from
all of the states are part of the same outbreak.
Possible additional cases are currently under investigation, the
Actor Dennis Farina Dies at 69
Character actor Dennis Farina died Monday after suffering a
blood clot in his lung.
The 69-year-old was being treated in a Scottsdale, Ariz.,
hospital at the time of his death, according to his publicist.
The former Chicago cop was perhaps best known for his role as
Detective Joe Fontana on the television series
Law and Order. He also appeared on the 1980s cult favorite
Crime Storyand was a regular on the 2011-12 HBO drama
Luck.He had just finished shooting a comedy called
Lucky Stiff, according to
The Associated Press.
Farina also appeared in movies such as
Saving Private Ryan,
Out of Sight.
But Farina did not become an actor until he was close to 40,
having served as a detective in the Chicago Police Department as a
Farina is survived by three sons, six grandchildren and his
longtime partner, Marianne Cahill.
Decline in Female Genital Mutilation in Africa: Unicef
Female genital mutilation is declining in many nations, even in
those where the practice is deeply ingrained, according to a United
Nations Children's Fund report released Monday.
It said that teenage girls are now less likely to have undergone
genital mutilation, also called cutting, than older women in more
than half of the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where
it is concentrated,
The New York Timesreported.
In Egypt, where more women have been subjected to genital
mutilation than in any other country, 81 percent of 15- to
19-year-olds have been cut, compared with 96 percent of women in
their late 40s, Unicef said.
"The numbers aren't huge, but they're going in the right direction," Bettina Shell-Duncan, an anthropology professor at the University of Washington who was a consultant on the report, told The Times.
The steepest drops in female genital mutilation have occurred in
Kenya, one of Africa's most developed nations, and, surprisingly,
in the Central African Republic, one of the poorest and least
developed countries on the continent,
Persistent Erections Send 10,000 Men to ERs Each Year: Study
Unusually long-lasting and painful erections send about 10,000
men to U.S. emergency departments each year, according to a new
Researchers analyzed national data for the years 2006-2009 and
found that this problem, called priapism, accounted for 8.5 out of
every 100,000 ER visits during that time or a total of about 40,000
Erectile dysfunction drugs carry warnings about the risk of
priapism, but the data did not specify whether the drugs or other
causes triggered the cases of priapism seen in the ERs, said study
author Daniel Stein, a urology resident at Northwestern
University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
The study was published in the
Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Treatments for priapism include injecting a drug such as
epinephrine to constrict blood vessels, or sticking a needle into
the side of the penis and injecting and withdrawing saline
Study Examines Whether Cold Cap Prevents Hair Loss During
A new U.S. study will examine whether having cancer patients
wear cold caps during chemotherapy prevents hair loss.
A cold cap keeps the scalp numb during chemotherapy. The goal is
to reduce blood flow in the scalp, making it harder for
chemotherapy drugs to reach and harm hair follicles, the
Cold caps are used in Europe and Canada but are not approved for
use in the United States. One concern is that the caps might
prevent chemotherapy drugs from reaching stray cancer cells that
may be in the scalp.
This study of 110 early-stage breast cancer patients will assess
the effectiveness of a product called DigniCap. The insulated cap
is attached to a cooling machine and keeps a patient's scalp at 41
degrees F during chemotherapy, the
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