Health Highlights: Aug. 19, 201308/19/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Radiation Rx for Prostate Cancer Prescribed More Often by Docs
Who Profit: Report
Radiation treatment for Medicare patients with prostate cancer
is much more likely to be prescribed by doctors with a financial
interest in radiation treatment centers, according to report by
They also found that patients often did not know that their
doctors would profit from the use of radiation therapy, according
The New York Times.
The Government Accountability Office report noted that
alternative treatments may be equally effective and are less costly
for Medicare and for patients with prostate cancer, which is one of
the most common cancers in men.
In other recent studies, GAO investigators found that doctors
who owned laboratories and imaging centers were more likely
recommend CT scans and MRIs for Medicare patients,
Iams and Eukanuba Dry Dog and Cat Foods Recalled
Certain lots of Iams and Eukanuba dry dog and cat foods are
being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination, the
Procter & Gamble Company says.
The recall covers specific lots of the pet foods that were
distributed in the United States. No illnesses have been reported
in association with the recalled products, according to the
Salmonella can cause illness in pets who eat the products and in
people who handling contaminated pet products, especially if they
do not thoroughly wash their hands after having contact with the
products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned wet food,
biscuits/treats or supplements are being recalled.
For more information, contact P&G at 1-800-208-0172.
FDA Needs to Regulate Flavored Cigars: Critics
The lack of federal government regulations for flavored cigars
and other tobacco products threaten recent progress in reducing
smoking among young Americans, critics say.
While a law passed in 2009 banned virtually all flavors in
cigarettes, it did not address flavors in cigars and a number of
other tobacco products. As a result, flavored cigars and
cigarillos, including some that look like cigarettes, are common in
convenience stores and gas stations,
The New York Timesreported.
"The 20th century was the cigarette century, and we worked very hard to address that," said Gregory Connolly, the director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health. "Now the 21st century is about multiple tobacco products. They're cheap. They're flavored. And some of them you can use anywhere."
The Food and Drug Administration has broad discretion to decide
whether to regulate flavored cigars and other tobacco products but
has yet to take action. The agency acknowledges criticism that it
has been slow to act, said Mitchell Zeller, director of the FDAs
Center for Tobacco Products.
"What we've seen in the past 10 years is this remarkable transformation of the marketplace," Zeller told The Times. "There are products being sold today -- unregulated products -- that literally did not exist 10 years ago."
However, new rules on these products must be based on scientific
evidence and written to survive legal challenges, Zeller noted. But
critics say the FDA is moving too slowly.
"We shouldn't need 40 years of study to figure out that chocolate- and grape-flavored cigars are being smoked by young people," Matthew Myers, the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, told The Times.
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