Health Highlights: Oct. 9, 201310/09/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Weight-Loss Supplement Tied to Liver Failure Cases: Health
Consumers should stop using the OxyElite Pro weight-loss
supplement because a number of people in Hawaii who used the
product have developed hepatitis, U.S. health officials say.
In Hawaii, the state health department is investigating 29 cases
of hepatitis that resulted in 11 hospitalizations, two liver
transplants and one death. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention is investigating whether the product is linked to other
cases of hepatitis nationwide,
Health care providers, public health agencies and emergency
departments should watch for patients who develop acute hepatitis
or liver failure after they use a weight-loss or muscle-building
dietary supplement, the CDC advised.
The agency also said that several people from states outside
Hawaii developed acute hepatitis after taking OxyElite Pro or
similar nutritional supplements. The CDC is working with state
health departments to gather more information about those cases,
OxyElite Pro is distributed by USPlabs LLC of Dallas and sold
nationwide. The company told the Food and Drug Administration that
it believes counterfeit versions of OxyElite Pro are being marketed
in the U.S., according to the FDA.
The company said it has stopped U.S. distribution of OxyElite
Pro with the Purple Top and OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder until
the investigation has been completed,
Euro Parliament Bans Menthols, Limits E-Cigarette Ads
Larger warnings on cigarettes packs, limits on electronic
cigarettes and a ban on menthol cigarettes are among the new
anti-smoking regulations approved by the European Parliament on
After months of heated debate, the lawmakers voted in favor of
requiring warning labels to cover 65 percent of cigarette packs,
rather than requiring blank packaging. They stopped short of
restricting electronic cigarettes to therapeutic use only, but
placed new limits on advertising for the products, the
The parliament also agreed to ban menthol and other cigarette
flavors as of 2022.
The new rules will benefit public health, said European
officials. They noted that smoking-related diseases cost the
28-nation bloc about $34 billion and about 700,000 lives a year,
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