Health Highlights: Aug. 20, 201308/20/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
VP Biden's Son Undergoing Medical Tests
Beau Biden, who is U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's son, is
undergoing medical tests Tuesday after experiencing weakness and
disorientation last week. The vice president is in Houston while
his son has the tests.
The younger Biden, 44, is the attorney general of Delaware. He
suffered a mild stroke in 2010 and began experiencing the new
symptoms after driving to Indiana for a family holiday, according
to a Delaware Department of Justice spokesman, the
He was admitted to a Chicago Hospital and then went to
Philadelphia to consult with his doctor.
The vice president had been at home in Delaware and accompanied
his son to Houston, the White House said. It's not clear how long
the elder Biden will remain in Texas, but is scheduled to join
President Obama in Scranton, Pa. later this week, the
New Mexico Poultry Hatchery Likely Source of Salmonella
A salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 300 people in
37 states since March has been linked to a poultry hatchery in New
Nearly three-fifths of the people who've become ill are
children. No deaths have been reported, but 51 people have been
hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Officials said the strain of salmonella causing the outbreak was
found at Privett Hatchery in Portales, which sells live baby
chickens, ducks and other poultry by mail and supplies them to feed
But while the New Mexico hatchery is the most likely source of
the outbreak, investigators have found that people sickened with
salmonella bought poultry at 113 feed store locations that were
supplied by 18 mail order hatcheries in several states, according
to state public health veterinarian Paul Ettestad, the
Further tests are being conducted, the CDC said.
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,
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