Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Government Will Fund Tracking Devices for Autistic Children
The U.S. government will pay for tracking devices worn by
children with autism and other developmental disorders so they can
be found if they go missing.
The Justice Department grants will be available immediately,
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said at a congressional hearing
Wednesday. Grant money will also be used to train authorities, the
Wall Street Journalreported.
The tracking devices use GPS technology and can be worn on the
wrist or attached to belt loops or shoelaces. They will be
monitored by local law enforcement agencies. The government already
pays for tracking devices for Alzheimer's disease patients.
The attorney-general's announcement comes two days after U.S.
Sen. Charles Schumer proposed a bill containing similar measures.
Schumer said he'll still move ahead with his bill, which would
boost funding for the program and provide a flow of money that will
"ensure its permanence,"
Schumer noted that running away from parents, teachers and other
caregivers is common among youngsters with severe autism.
Norovirus May Have Sickened Nearly 700 on Cruise Ship
Nearly 700 passengers and crew are now reported ill on the Royal
Caribbean vessel Explorer of the Seas in what could turn out to be
one of the worst norovirus outbreaks on a cruise ship in 20
While health officials believe that norovirus is to blame, the
cause of the outbreak still has to be confirmed. The ship's doctors
said the symptoms experienced by patients were consistent with
The latest tally puts the number of ill people at 630 passengers
and 54 crew members, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention said Wednesday. The vessel was scheduled to dock in
Bayonne, N.J. Wednesday afternoon.
Most passengers who became ill are now up and about, according
to Royal Caribbean. The CDC said that passengers who still have
symptoms after leaving the ship should stay at nearby hotels or be
assessed at medical centers, the
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