Health Highlights: Aug. 30, 201308/30/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Actress Valerie Harper's Brain Cancer Is Close to Remission,
A doctor treating Valerie Harper said the actress' brain tumor
is close to remission.
Harper, 74, announced in March that she had an incurable form of
brain cancer and had only a few months to live, the
Associated Pressreported. However, speaking to
NBC's "Today" show on Thursday, her physician, Dr. Jeremy
Rudnick, said that the star of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and
"Rhoda" has beaten the odds. He stressed, however, that Harper's
prognosis could change at any time.
Harper continues to work and has been hired for a TV movie that
filmed in August, the
Tylenol to Come With New Warning
Caps on bottles of the popular pain reliever Tylenol that are
sold in the United States will soon come with warnings alerting
consumers to the potential for liver failure and even death, the
Associated Pressreported Thursday.
The warning will state that Tylenol's active ingredient is
acetaminophen, the nation's leading cause of sudden liver failure.
The new cap is designed to alert consumers who may not read similar
warnings that already appear in small print on the product's label,
In addition to Tylenol, acetaminophen is contained in more than
600 over-the-counter products used by nearly one in four American
adults every week. Those other products include such popular brands
as Nyquil cold formula, Excedrin pain tablets and Sudafed sinus
Tylenol's maker, Johnson & Johnson, said the warning will
appear on the cap of each new bottle of Extra Strength Tylenol sold
in the United States starting in October, and on most other Tylenol
bottles in coming months, the news service said.
Overdoses from acetaminophen send an estimated 55,000 to 80,000
people to U.S. emergency rooms every year and kill at least 500
people, according to the federal health officials.
NFL, Former Players Agree to Settle Concussion Lawsuit
The National Football League has agreed to pay $765 million to
settle a lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 former players with
dementia and other health problems. The recipients will also
include families of ex-players who died from what the families
claimed were the effects of head injuries,
The New York Timesreported Thursday.
U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody, of the Eastern District
of Pennsylvania, said Thursday that she was told by Layn Phillips,
a court-appointed mediator, that the money would be used for
medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research
for retired players and their families, the
Brody still must approve the settlement, which has yet to be
Timessaid the money, which may not be dispersed for months,
will be available to all eligible retired players, not just those
who filed the lawsuit. The players will have an opportunity to opt
out of the deal.
The plaintiffs include Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett,
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon and the family of Pro
Bowler Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year.
Individual awards would be capped at $5 million for men with
Alzheimer's disease; $4 million for those diagnosed after their
deaths with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive
degenerative disease of the brain; and $3 million for players with
The Associated Pressreported.
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