Health Highlights: Feb. 12, 201402/12/14
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Chick-fil-A Switching to Antibiotic-Free Chicken
Antibiotic-free chicken will served at all Chick-fil-A outlets
within five years, according to the company.
It said Tuesday that it's working with suppliers to ensure there
is a sufficient supply of antibiotic-free chicken for its nearly
1,800 restaurants, the
Suppliers are also being asked to work with the federal
Department of Agriculture to verify that chickens used by
Chick-fil-A have never been given antibiotics.
The Atlanta-based chain will keep customers updated about the
switch to antibiotic-free chickens and eventually advertise the
change in its restaurants, Tim Tassopoulos, executive vice
president of operations, told the
Overuse of antibiotics in farm animals can lead to the
development of antibiotic-resistant germs, the U.S. Food and Drug
Graco Recalls Millions of Child Car Seats
About 3.7 million child car seats are being recalled by Graco
due to potential problems with harness buckles.
The red release button in the center of the harness can become
hard to open or can get stuck, which can make it difficult or
impossible to remove a child quickly in an emergency, according to
the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Graco said that the problem with the harness buckles can be
caused by an accumulation of food and dried liquids. The company
said it has not received any reports of injuries associated with
The voluntary recall covers 11 models of seats made between 2009
to July 2013. The NHTSA wants Graco to recall an additional seven
models and 1.8 million more child car seats but the company is
resisting the request.
If all the models of seats were included, it would be the
largest such recall ever, according to
The recall includes these toddler convertible car seat models:
Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 65
with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise
70 and Smart Seat. It also includes these harnessed booster seat
models: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.
The models Graco refuses to recall despite the NHTSA's request
are: Snugride, Snugride 30, Snugride 32, Infant Safe Seat-Step 1,
Snugride 35, Tuetonia 35, and Snugride Click Connect 40,
King Richard III's Genome to be Mapped
The genome of England's King Richard III will be sequenced in an
effort to determine his appearance and possible health issues.
The king was 32 years old when he was killed at the Battle of
Bosworth in 1485. His remains were found buried under a parking lot
"There are no contemporary portraits of Richard," geneticist and genome project leader Turi King told CNN. "All the portraits that exist post-date his death by about 40 to 50 years onwards. So it's going to be interesting to see what the genetic information provides in relation to what we know from the portraits."
The genome mapping will reveal the color of the king's eyes and
hair, as well as his risk for certain health problems. Shakespeare
portrayed Richard III as a hunchbacked villain and King said she is
especially curious find out if the English monarch was predisposed
towards scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine.
Richard III will be the first known historical figure to have
his genome sequenced. It's previously been done with Neanderthals,
Oetzi the Iceman, and a hunter-gatherer from Spain,
Euthanasia for Children to Become Legal in Belgium
Belgium is expected this week to extend its right-to-die law to
The country already permits euthanasia for those 18 and older
and the move to extend that right to youngsters appears to have
wide support, the
The new rules will be narrowly focused and only apply to a small
number of teens who have advanced cancer or other terminal
conditions and are suffering unbearable pain, explained Dr. Gerland
van Berlaer, a prominent Brussels pediatrician.
"We are talking about children that are really at the end of their life. It's not that they have months or years to go. Their life will end anyway," van Berlaer, chief of clinic in the pediatric critical care unit of University Hospital Brussels, told the AP. "The question they ask us is: `Don't make me go in a terrible, horrifying way, let me go now while I am still a human being and while I still have my dignity.'"
But a vocal minority in Belgium oppose the move.
"We are opening a door that nobody will be able to close," Andre Leonard, the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and chairman of the Episcopal Conference of Belgium, told the AP. "There is a risk of very serious consequences in the long term for society and the meaning we give to life, death and the freedom of human beings."
The Netherlands permits children ages 12 to 15 to be euthanized
with their parents' permission, and those ages 16 to 17 can make
the decision but must notify their parents first. In Luxembourg,
euthanasia is legal for people 18 and older.
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