Health Highlights: Nov. 8, 201311/08/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Sisters Claim HPV Vaccine Caused Ovaries to Stop Making Eggs
Two sisters who say the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil caused
their ovaries to stop producing eggs have filed a claim with a
federal compensation program.
The allegation by Madelyne Meylor, 20, and Olivia Meylor, 19, of
Mount Horeb, Wisc. is the first of its kind to reach a hearing
through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, their
lawyer Mark Krueger told the
Wisconsin State Journal, the
The program is a special court created to evaluate claims of
harm from vaccines.
Evidence doesn't support a relationship between Gardasil and the
sisters' condition, vaccine maker Merck and Co. said in a
statement. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Food and
Drug Administration say Gardasil is safe, the
Gardasil is one of two vaccines (the other is Cervarix) approved
in the U.S. to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV), which
can cause cervical cancer, throat cancer, genital warts and other
The vaccine injury program has issued payments for HPV vaccine
injuries in 68 cases for a total of at least $5.9 million, has
dismissed 63 claims, and has 81 claims pending, according to the
federal government and the nonpartisan foundation Judicial Watch,
Artificial Heart Valve Pioneer Dies
An American cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered artificial
heart valves died Monday at age 89, according to officials at
Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Dr. George Magovern co-invented a sutureless heart valve, which
was first used in 1962. The device shortened the time needed for
such surgeries, thereby increasing the chances that patients would
Many of Magovern's cutting-edge heart surgery techniques were
introduced at Allegheny General Hospital.
His son, Dr. George Magovern Jr., is chief of thoracic and
cardiovascular surgery at Allegheny Health Network. He said his
father is recognized for heart surgery techniques in the same way
that Jonas Salk is associated with the polio vaccine and Thomas
Starzl with organ transplants, the
Few Kid's Meals at Fast-Food Chains are Healthy: Report
Only 33 of 5,427 possible meals for children at 18 U.S.
fast-food chains are healthy, according to a new report from the
Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.
The researchers came up with that figure after analyzing the
menu offerings from the chains in order to consider all possible
combinations of main dishes, sides and drinks. The 33 meals deemed
healthy account for only 1 percent of all the possible meals for
Los Angeles Timesreported.
The researchers did find that 11 of the 12 restaurants with
kids' meals had at least one option for a healthy side dish, such
as salads, corn, green beans, applesauce, sliced apples, bananas
and fruit cups.
The study also found that more than three-quarters of the
fast-food chains offered a healthy drink choice, such as unflavored
milk, 100 percent juice, or bottled water, the
The Yale team also found that the restaurants reduced the number
of commercials aimed at children ages 6-11, but increased the
number of ads targeted at teens.
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