Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Canada to Fund Trials of Controversial MS Treatment
The Canadian government announced Wednesday that it will fund
clinical trials for a controversial multiple sclerosis treatment
that clears blocked neck veins.
A scientific working group established by the government last
year recommended proceeding with the trials after a review of seven
ongoing studies of the link between "chronic cerebrospinal venous
insufficiency" and its connection to MS,
Agence France-Presse reported.
The government will issue of call for applications to conduct
the trials after the clinical trial terms are established by the
Canadian Institute of Health Research.
The so-called "liberation treatment" is not offered in Canada
and many Canadians with MS have gone to other countries for the
treatment. Some said they had major improvements in their mobility
after the procedure, while others reported little benefit,
Number of U.S. Kids Living With Grandparents Rises
The number of children in the United States who live with at
least one grandparent rose 64 percent between 1991 to 2009, from
4.7 million to 7.8 million, according to a Census report released
When examined by race and ethnicity, the number of children
living with at least one grandparent increased from 5 percent to 9
percent for whites, from 15 percent to 17 percent for blacks, and
from 12 percent to 14 percent for Hispanics,
USA Today reported.
Three-quarters (76 percent) of all children living with a
grandparent also had at least one parent in the household.
"There's absolutely no question it's been on the rise because of the recession," Gary Drevitch of New York, editor-in-chief of the website Grandparents.com, told
"What's been interesting is that in the past, you imagine grandparents moving in with their adult children and grandchildren because they could no longer maintain their own home. The trend during the recession has been multigenerational households created because adult children have moved in with the grandparents. It's adult children struggling in the economy," he said.
Seeds From Egypt Suspected Cause of Europe's E. Coli
Fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt may have been the cause of
the E. coli outbreak in Europe that's sickened more than 4,000
people and killed at least 47, according to officials.
While the fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt either in 2009 or
2010 are being fingered as a possible cause, further investigation
is needed to confirm that suspicion, said the European Center for
Disease Prevention and Control and the European Food Safety
Associated Press reported.
Fenugreek seeds are used to prepare pickles and curry powders as
well as Ethiopian, Indian and Yemeni foods.
Germany was hardest hit by the E. coli outbreak, with 46 deaths
reported there so far. One person had died in Sweden, the
Fixes For Health Care Law Glitch Being Considered
The Obama administration is looking for ways to correct a glitch
in the new health care law that would give some people who take
early retirement a significant break on health insurance
This is because part or all of their Social Security benefits
would not be counted as income in determining their eligibility for
federal subsidies to help pay for coverage until they quality for
Medicare at age 65, the
Associated Press reported.
The glitch means that older adults of the same age and income
with similar medical histories would pay much different rates for
private health insurance.
"We are monitoring this issue and exploring options that would take into account the needs of Social Security beneficiaries, many of whom are disabled or individuals of limited means," Treasury Department policy official Emily McMahon said in a statement to AP.
Scalia's Pro-Tobacco Decision Overturned by Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court this week overturned a member's decision
last fall to let four major tobacco companies delay a $270 million
payment to start a smoking cessation program in Louisiana.
The payment was awarded seven years ago in a class-action
lawsuit filed by Louisiana smokers in 1996.
In making his solo decision, Supreme Court Justice Antonin
Scalia, a smoker, said he believed at least three other justices
would want to hear the tobacco companies' appeal of the case and
also predicted that the high court would strike down the verdict
against the companies, the
On Monday, the Supreme Court showed that Scalia's assumptions
After the decision, Scalia said through a court spokeswoman that
he had no comment on the matter, the
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