Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
FDA Bans Arsenic Drugs Used in Animal Feed
Three of four arsenic drugs used in animal feeds have been
banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The drugs -- roxarsone, carbarsone and arsanilic acid -- were
added to feed for chicken, turkeys and pigs to prevent disease and
promote growth. However, recent studies showed levels of arsenic in
chicken that exceeded amounts that occur naturally,
The New York Timesreported.
Nearly four years ago, the Center for Food Safety and several
other advocacy groups filed a petition seeking to ban the four
drugs in animal feed.
The fourth drug, nitarsone, is the only known treatment for
blackhead (histomoniasis), a disease that can kill turkeys. The FDA
said it will continue to study the effects of nitarsone,
Applications for 9/11 Compensation Fund Surge as Deadline
There's been a sharp rise in the number of people applying to
the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund ahead of the Oct. 3
As of June, about 17,000 people had applied to the fund, which
was created to help people who live and work near Ground Zero with
medical expenses related to the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World
By last week the number had grown to 36,000 and is now
approaching 40,000, according to the nonprofit group 9/11 Health
The final number of people who will sign up for the fund before
the deadline is unclear, said the group's executive director Ben
Chavet. He noted that some estimates put at 92,000 the number of
people who were in the vicinity of the twin towers on the day of
the attacks, but it's unknown how many will become sick as a
"We don't really know if everyone who should come forward has come forward," Chavet told ABC News. "And just because someone signs up for the fund doesn't mean they are eligible for compensation."
Waterborne Bacteria Infection Kills Fla. Man
A rare infection with a type of bacteria found in water is being
blamed for the death of a Florida man.
Henry Konietzky, 59, died last Monday less than 48 hours after
being infected with
Vibrio vulnificus, a type of bacteria in the same family as
cholera that lives in warm saltwater bodes,
He had been crab fishing in the Halifax River near Ormond Beach,
Fla. the previous Saturday. He started feeling ill on Sunday and
went to the emergency room.
V. vulnificusinfections can occur when a person eats
contaminated seafood or when the bacteria enters the body through
an open wound. Infection can cause abdominal pain, vomiting and
diarrhea. The bacteria can also infect the blood stream and the
death rate is 50 percent in such cases.
V. vulnificusare rare, but may be underreported, according
to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It said
there were more than 900 reports of the bacteria in Gulf Coast
states between 1988 and 2006,
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