Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Pa. 10-Year-Old Has Lung Transplant
A 10-year-old girl at the center of a fight over a controversial
age-related lung transplant rule is undergoing a lung transplant
today at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Sarah Murnaghan's family is asking for prayers and her mother
Janet said the family is "overwhelmed with emotions" and thanked
all their supporters,
"Today is the start of Sarah's new beginning and new life," Janet said.
Sarah has end-stage cystic fibrosis and her parents launched a
legal challenge against a national rule that prevents patients
younger than 12 from receiving adult lungs. Last week, a judge
ordered that Sarah be placed on the waiting list for adult lungs
and made a similar ruling for another child.
Lung transplants are a difficult operation, Art Caplan, head of
the division of medical ethics at New York University Langone
Medical Center, told
Mandela Responding Better To Treatment
After a "difficult few days," Nelson Mandela is responding
better to treatment for a recurring lung infection, South African
President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday.
"I am happy to report than Madiba is responding better to treatment from this morning," Zuma told lawmakers in Cape Town, Bloomberg Newsreported. "We are very happy with the progress that he is [having] now."
Madiba is Mandela's clan name.
Mandela, 94, is in "serious, but stable" condition, Zuma's
office said Tuesday. The anti-apartheid hero and former South
Africa president was hospitalized June 8. It was his fourth
hospitalization since December,
Tighter Restrictions Proposed for Medical Research on Chimps
A proposal to bring captive chimpanzees in the United States
under the protection of the Endangered Species Act would create
another major barrier to using them for invasive medical research
on human diseases.
Under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal, permits would
be required for any experiment that harms chimps, and researchers
would have to prove that the experiment contributes to the survival
of chimps in the wild,
The New York Timesreported.
The public has 60 days to comment on the proposal, which was
Wild chimps were declared endangered in 1990 but captive chimps
have been unprotected under the law. This proposal would end that
so-called split list, Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel
The demand for chimps in medical research has declined and a
U.S. National Institutes of Health committee has recommended that
the NIH retire most of the about 450 chimps it owns or
Drug License Violations Lead to $80 Million Penalty for
A record $80 million in fines will be paid by Walgreens for
violating its U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license to dispense
controlled substances such as the highly addictive pain drug
It's the largest civil penalty paid under the Controlled
Substances Act in DEA history, according to
In September, the DEA accused Walgreens -- the nation's largest
drug store chain -- of endangering public safety and forbid the
company from shipping controlled drugs from its distribution center
in Jupiter, Fla.
The company committed "an unprecedented number" of
record-keeping violations that led to millions of oxycodone pills
reaching the black market, U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer said
NYC Lawyer Faces Tough Questions About Soda Size Limit
A New York City lawyer faced tough questioning Tuesday from
state appeals court members holding a hearing about a city health
regulation that imposes a 16-ounce size limit on sugary beverages
sold in fast food outlets, restaurants and sports stadiums.
The regulation -- introduced as a way to fight obesity and
diabetes -- was struck down in March by a lower-court judge and the
city appealed that decision.
During oral arguments Tuesday, the four state appeals court
justices repeatedly asked city attorney Fay Ng to defend the
regulation's scientific and legal foundations, the
One of the justices said the city seemed to be asking for
unprecedented authority to regulate the portions of many types of
foods, while another questioned the scientific reasoning behind the
After Tuesday's session, City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley
said he was still confident that the regulation would ultimately be
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