Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
160 Now Sickened in Tuna-Linked Salmonella Outbreak
A salmonella outbreak linked to a frozen yellowfin tuna product
has now sickened 160 people in 20 states and the District of
Columbia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said
In a statement, the agency said 26 people have been hospitalized
but there have been no deaths reported.
On Monday, nearly 59,000 pounds of the product, labeled Nakaochi
Scrape AA or AAA, was recalled by Moon Marine USA Corp. of
Cupertino, Calif. The product, which is scraped off fish bones, was
sold to grocery stores and restaurants to make dishes such as
sushi, sashimi and ceviche.
As reported by the
Associated Press, many people who became ill reported eating raw tuna in sushi as "spicy tuna."
As of Friday, the CDC said illnesses linked to the recalled
product had been reported in: Alabama (2), Arkansas (1),
Connecticut (6), District of Columbia (2), Florida (1), Georgia
(6), Illinois (14), Louisiana (3), Maryland (14), Massachusetts
(23), Mississippi (2), Missouri (4), New Jersey (8), New York (30),
North Carolina (3), Pennsylvania (6), Rhode Island (5), South
Carolina (3), Texas (4), Virginia (9) and Wisconsin (14).
The CDC noted that salmonella illness is often serious for
infants, older adults, pregnant women and persons with impaired
immune systems, and these individuals should not eat raw or
partially cooked fish or shellfish.
U.S. Women Trail Men in Life Span Gains: Study
American men's lifespans increased by an average of 4.6 years
between 1989 and 2009, while women's increased by only 2.7 years, a
new study says.
It also found large variations in average county-to-county life
spans across the nation, ranging from 66.1 to 81.6 years for men
and 73.5 to 86 years for women,
USA Today reported. In many counties, women's life spans are
shorter than they were 20 years ago.
Even though women are still expected to outlive men by 4 years,
these finding are cause for concern, according to the study by
researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at
the University of Washington.
"A gain in life expectancy should be equal among men and women," said research team director Ali Mokdad, USA Today reported. "This is a wake-up call for all of us.
It's tragic that in a country as wealthy as the United States, and
with all the medical expertise we have, that so many girls will
live shorter lives than their mothers."
Preventable causes of death, such as smoking, obesity and
alcohol, are key reasons for the differences between men and
Vietnam Seeks Help With Mystery Illness That's Killed 19
Vietnam's health ministry has asked international health experts
for help after a mystery illness killed 19 people and sickened 191
others in a poor district in the central area of the country.
Children and young people have been hit hardest by the
infection, which begins with a high fever, loss of appetite and a
rash that covers the hands and feet. If not treated early, patients
can develop liver problems and eventually suffer multi-organ
CBS News/Associated Press reported.
Nearly 100 people are still in hospital, including 10 in
critical condition. Patients with milder symptoms are being treated
Vietnam's Ministry of Health sent a team to the Ba To district
earlier this month but they couldn't determine the cause of the
illness. The ministry has asked for help from the World Health
Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Health Care Disparities Persist for U.S. Minority Groups:
Access to health care did not improve for most racial and ethnic
minorities in the United States between 2002 and 2008, says a
report released Friday by the federal Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality.
The National Healthcare Disparities Report looks at about 250
health care measures and found that about half of the measures that
track disparities showed no improvement, while 40 percent got
Compared to whites, Hispanics, American Indians and Alaska
Natives had worse access to care on more than 60 percent of the
access measures, blacks had worse access on slightly more than 30
percent, and Asian Americans had worse access on 17 percent.
Gulf Seafood Safe to Eat: FDA
Despite continuing concerns about the safety of seafood from the
Gulf of Mexico, U.S. officials insist that Gulf seafood on the
market is safe to eat.
Two years after the massive BP oil spill, some scientists say
that lesions and other deformities on some Gulf fish indicate
lingering environmental damage.
"It's important to emphasize that we're talking about a low percentage of fish," Dr. Robert W. Dickey, head of the Food and Drug Administration's Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, told the Associated Press. "It doesn't represent a seafood safety hazard."
He noted that wholesalers and seafood processors must follow FDA
rules on what constitutes a safe and usable catch. Fish with
lesions or signs of parasites or disease can't be sold.
U.S. Team Heads to Everest to Study Effects of High Altitude
U.S. researchers plan to establish a laboratory at the base of
Mount Everest in order to study the effects of high altitude on
The Mayo Clinic team flew to the Mount Everest region on Friday
and plans to monitor nine climbers attempting to conquer the
world's highest mountain, the
Associated Press reported.
Learning more about the effects of high altitude on the heart,
lungs, muscle loss and sleep could help patients with heart
conditions and other health problems, the researchers
The team's laboratory at the Mayo focuses on lung congestion in
heart failure patients and lung congestion often kills mountain
climbers, team leader Dr. Bruce Johnson told the
Starbucks Eliminating Bug-based Dye From Products
A crimson food dye made from crushed bugs will be phased out of
four food and two beverage products, Starbucks says.
Instead of using the bug-based dye called cochineal extract, the
company says it will use lycopene, a natural tomato-based extract
using for coloring,
CBS News reported.
Starbucks was the target of a social media campaign after it
became known that the company used cochineal extract in some of its
Cochineal extract is safe and food and cosmetic product labels
must state if the dye is present, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration said. They dye, which has been used for thousands of
years to color fabrics, is often found in yogurts, candies, ice
creams, ketchup, fruit drinks, lipsticks, nail polish, eye shadow
and other pink and red products,
CBS News reported.
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