Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Chinese Woman Killed by Bird Flu Strain New to Humans
A Chinese woman has died from a bird flu strain that has never
before affected humans, and the World Health Organization called
the case "worrisome."
The 73-year-old woman in the city of Nanchang was infected with
the H10N8 bird flu virus and died Dec. 6, health officials said.
They added that she had been in contact with live poultry and had
underlying health problems that weakened her immunity, the
The H10N8 virus has not previously been found in people. WHO and
Chinese officials are working to learn more about the virus,
according to Timothy O'Leary, spokesman for the WHO's regional
office in Manila.
He said the source of the virus in this case remains unknown,
but birds are known to carry it and it wouldn't be surprising if
there is another case of a person infected with H10N8.
"It's worrisome any time a disease jumps the species barrier from animals to humans. That said, the case is under investigation and there's no evidence of human-to-human transmission yet," O'Leary told the AP.
This is the second new bird flu strain to appear in humans this
year in China. An outbreak of H7N9 bird flu that began in late
March infected 140 people and killed 45.
Pesticides Tied to Bee Deaths May Also Harm Humans: EU
A newer class of pesticides linked to the deaths of large
numbers of honey bees might also pose a threat to human health and
should be more tightly controlled, European Union food regulators
They recommended that the European Commission further restrict
the use of nicotine-derived neonicotinoids. Earlier this year, the
commission temporarily banned the use of some of these pesticides
on many flowering crops in Europe that attract honey bees,
The New York Timesreported.
The food regulators now say these pesticides may affect the
developing nervous system of children, and were safe to use only in
smaller amounts than currently allowed.
One of the most popular of this class of pesticides is called
imidacloprid, which was developed by Bayer and is the active
ingredient in products such as Bayer Advanced Fruit, Citrus &
Vegetable Insect Control. It can be bought at stores in many
countries, including Home Depot in the United States,
Colorado Meat Company Expands Recall
A Colorado meat company is expanding a recall of meat and
poultry products that were produced in unsanitary conditions that
included rodent activity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said
The products in the expanded recall have the establishment
number "Est. 20309" inside the USDA Mark of Inspection and include
"Old Style Sausage" brand smoked Kielbasa sausage, "Old Style
Sausage" brand smoked andouille sausage and "Corner Post Meats"
brand hams and bacon, the
All of the recalled products from Yauk's Specialty Meats in
Windsor are in retail-ready packages of various sizes and were
produced between April 1, 2013 and Dec. 5, 2013. They were sold in
Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
No illnesses have been reported and the USDA's investigation is
Doctors Keep Man's Severed Hand Alive by Attaching it to
A man's severed hand was saved by grafting it to his ankle,
Chinese doctors say.
It wasn't possible to reattach Xiao Wei's right hand to his arm
immediately after he lost the hand in a work accident. Instead,
doctors kept the hand alive by stitching it onto Wei's left ankle
and using arteries in the leg to supply the hand with blood,
A month later, the hand was removed from the ankle and
reattached to the arm. Wei will have to undergo several more
operations but doctors say they're hopeful that he will regain full
function of his hand.
"His injury was severe. Besides ripping injuries, his arm was also flattened," the surgeons said, BBC Newsreported. "We had to clear and treat his injuries before taking on the hand reattachment surgery."
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