Health Highlights: July 22, 201407/22/14
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Judge Says FDA Can't Use Panel's Report on Menthols
A 2011 expert advisory panel's report on menthol cigarettes
can't be used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because some
panel members have conflicts of interest, a federal judge ruled on
The FDA conducted an independent review of the impact on public
health of menthol cigarettes since the 2011 report, but the judge's
new ruling could undermine any future efforts by the agency to
regulate the products, the
In his decision, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in
Washington directed the FDA to reconstitute the expert committee
and to ignore the prior report.
The decision is a win for tobacco companies: In 2011, Lorillard
Inc. and Reynolds American Inc. sued the FDA, claiming panel
members had bias and conflicts of interest, the
The companies said that some panel members had previously been
paid expert witnesses in anti-tobacco lawsuits and had financial
links to drug companies that manufacture smoking-cessation
The FDA countered those claims, calling the allegations against
advisors on the panel "entirely speculative," the
The 2011 review conducted by the panel found that there was
enough data to support the notion that menthol cigarettes boost
smoking initiation among younger people, and that quitting smoking
might be tougher for people who smoke menthols.
Videotaping Ob/Gyn Costs Hopkins $190 Million
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore has settled a sexual
misconduct case involving a secret-camera-wielding gynecologist and
8,000 unsuspecting female patients for $190 million, the
Lawyers said Dr. Nikita Levy, fired in February 2013, wore a
camera disguised as a pen around his neck and secretly videotaped
and photographed women in the examining room, according to the
Another employee of the Baltimore hospital employee brought
concerns about Levy's behavior to hospital authorities who insisted
Levy surrender his camera. Ten days later, he killed himself. It
was reported that about 1,200 videos and 140 images were stored on
servers in his home.
"All of these women were brutalized by this," said the women's lead attorney, Jonathan Schochor, the APreported. "Some of these women needed counseling, they were sleepless, they were dysfunctional in the workplace, they were dysfunctional at home, they were dysfunctional with their mates. This breach of trust, this betrayal - this is how they felt."
The women's faces weren't visible in the image, and
investigators said they found no evidence that Levy had transmitted
the images to others.
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