Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Nelson Mandela Back in Hospital
Nelson Mandela has been readmitted to hospital for treatment of
a recurrent lung infection.
The 94-year-old former South African president was conscious and
receiving the best possible medical treatment, a government
"I think we need to be clear that the doctors are attending to Madiba (Mr Mandela) on a continuous basis," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said. "They prefer to act on the side of caution, and the moment they felt there was a recurrence of the lung infection, they felt that it warranted immediate hospitalization given his age and given his history."
Last December, Mandela spent 18 days in hospital while receiving
treatment for a lung infection and gallstones,
Mandela led the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and
served as the country's first black president from 1994 to
Most Restaurants' Kids' Meals Still Unhealthy: Report
Too many kids' meals served at major chain restaurants in the
United States still contain too much salt and fat and too many
calories, according to a report by the Center for Science in the
The consumer advocacy group analyzed thousands of kids' meals
and found that fried chicken fingers and nuggets, french fries and
sodas are the most common items offered to youngsters,
Some children's meals contain more than 1,000 calories. Federal
government dietary guidelines recommend that children ages 4 to 10
eat 1,200 to 2,200 calories for the entire day.
"This is really disappointing," Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy for CSPI, told USA Today. "Restaurants should be doing better."
She noted that there has not been much improvement since the
group did a similar study in 2008.
Two More Deaths From SARS-Like Virus: WHO
Two more people have died from a SARS-like virus that was first
identified last fall.
The World Health Organization said the recent deaths in Germany
and Britain bring to 11 the number of people killed by the new
virus, while 6 others have been infected and survived,
One of the latest deaths included a 73-year-old man from the
United Arab Emirates who died in Munich after being flown there for
treatment. The other victim was a U.K. resident who traveled to
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia before falling ill, the WHO said.
There is concern that the SARS-like virus could come to North
America. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials
have told state and local health departments to watch for
suspicious illnesses in people who have recently been in the Middle
Between November 2002 and July 2003, the SARS (severe acute
respiratory syndrome) virus infected about 8,100 people worldwide,
resulting in 774 deaths.
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