Health Highlights: Aug. 5, 201308/05/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Illegal Buttock Injections a Problem in U.S.
A number of deaths have been reported among the growing number
of American women who have illegal injections to make their
In some cases, home-improvement materials such as silicone are
being injected by people with no medical training, the
Deaths from these types of illegal buttock injections have been
reported in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada and New
York. In Mississippi, an interior decorator faces trial in the
deaths of two women who were injected at her house.
There is little data on the procedures or injuries they cause,
but doctors and officials say there are a growing number of them.
Online forums used to set up illegal buttock injections have
thousands of responses, the
World's First Lab-Grown Burger Put to Taste Test
The world's first laboratory-grown hamburger was cooked and
eaten at a news conference in London on Monday,
BBC Newsreported. The burger was created from cells that
were taken from a cow and turned into strips of muscle and combined
to make a patty.
Food critics Hanni Ruetzler and Josh Schonwald did the taste
test. "I was expecting the texture to be more soft...It's close to
meat, but it's not that juicy," Ruetzler said.
"I miss the fat, there's a leanness to it, but the general bite feels like a hamburger," Schonwald said, according to the BBC Newsreport.
The taste test was "a very good start," according to the
scientist behind the burger, Prof. Mark Post, of Maastricht
University in the Netherlands. But he couldn't say when lab-grown
burgers would by available to consumers, noting, "This is just to
show we can do it."
Proponents say the technology could offer a sustainable way of
meeting what they say is a growing demand for meat, while critic
say eating less meat would be a better way to deal with predicted
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Study Halted
Development of a new rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment has
been halted after disappointing Phase II clinical trial results,
Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. has announced.
While RA patients in the study of the ISIS-CRP treatment showed
some improvements, the improvements weren't statistically
significant compared to those seen in patients taking a placebo,
Wall Street Journalreported.
While it has no plans to further develop the C-reactive protein
for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, the company said it will
continue to evaluate it for treating other diseases.
A Phase II study of ISIS-CRP for patients with atrial
fibrillation is currently underway and data from the study is
expected in the first half of next year,
Legionnaire's Disease Kills 5 at Ohio Retirement Community
An outbreak of Legionnaire's disease at a retirement community
in central Ohio has killed five people and sickened at least 39
others since July, health officials say. The victims were between
63 and 99 years old.
Bacteria in an air conditioning cooling tower and several water
sources have been linked to the outbreak of the rare form of
pneumonia at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community in Reynoldsburg,
according to the state health department, the
The retirement community has taken measures to clean the water
by superheating and hyper-chlorinating it and installing filters on
shower heads, and residents have been told not to drink the water
until testing is complete.
Those measures are believed to have prevented any new
infections, according to health officials, the
Football Helmet Warning Labels Vary
A stark warning on one brand of football helmets isn't meant to
scare people away from the game, but to make sure they understand
the potential risks of the sport, company officials say.
"No helmet system can protect you from serious brain and/or neck injuries including paralysis or death. To avoid these risks, do not engage in the sport of football," say the labels on the backs of Schutt Sports' football helmets, according to a report in The New York Times.
The company has had this warning on its football helmets for
about a decade, and it also appears on Schutt's website and in a
scannable label on the helmet that links to information about head
injuries by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
"The simplest thing we can do is remind people that the game has inherent risks," Robert Erb, Schutt's chief executive, told the Times. "It's an ethical, moral and legal issue. People need to know these things."
But some people don't want to know. The warning has cost Schutt
customers, including an official with a large youth league in
California who said the language was offensive and harmed the game
of football. However, Erb said the company has a responsibility to
be as clear as possible.
"This is not to provoke fear or controversy," Erb told the Times. "It was to tell you to look both ways when you cross the street, not 'don't cross the street.' "
The wording of warnings on football helmets isn't universal. For
example, labels on helmets made by Riddell -- the largest football
helmet maker in the U.S. and the official helmet manufacturer of
the NFL -- do not suggest that risk-averse players give up the
sport, the newspaper reported.
"We feel strongly that the information, education and warning materials that accompany Riddell helmets are clear, concise and comprehensive," Riddell officials said.
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