Following is a summary of current health news briefs.
Lactalis says no salmonella in baby milk at second production line
Lactalis, the world's largest dairy group, on Friday rejected media reports that salmonella had been detected in baby milk from a second production line at a French factory where contaminated milk led to dozens of babies falling ill last year. The salmonella outbreak at the Craon plant in northwest France led Lactalis to recall millions of tins of baby milk in France and around the world, and drew criticism from politicians and consumer groups about a lack of transparency at the company, which is privately held by the Besnier family.
Elective cesareans tied to higher risk of overweight babies
Pregnant women who opt for surgical cesarean deliveries may be more likely than those who have vaginal deliveries to have a child that is overweight by its first birthday, a small study suggests. For the analysis, researchers examined data on 727 infants born at two major hospitals in Singapore. Overall, 222 deliveries were surgical, and 74 of these procedures were elective - not done because of medical issues with the mother or baby. The rest were emergency surgeries.
FDA warns e-cigarette liquid maker against products resembling food for kids
The U.S. health regulator on Thursday warned a California-based manufacturer and retailer against advertising its e-cigarette liquids with nicotine in a way that may cause the products to resemble kid-friendly food like juice boxes and cookies. The Food and Drug Administration's warning letter to privately held Electric Lotus LLC is part of its drive to limit the use of tobacco products among youth.
With back pain, depression tied to higher healthcare spending
When patients with painful back problems are also depressed, they have significantly higher healthcare costs than back-pain patients without depression, a U.S. study suggests. Getting treatment for both depression and back pain may reduce pain episodes and the economic burden, the study authors write in the journal Pain Medicine.
Fructose link to diabetes may be different for sodas than fruit
Sodas sweetened with fructose may have a greater impact on risk factors for diabetes than whole fruits that are natural sources of fructose, a research review suggests. The link between fructose and diabetes has been unclear. Some research has suggested this relationship may be explained at least in part by what people eat and drink and whether they are overweight or obese.
WHO says spread of polio remains international health emergency
The spread of polio must still be classified as a public health emergency because, while progress has been made towards wiping out the disease, that progress is fragile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. "We are so close to the elimination of polio, but we have to use all of our international tools to achieve this end," Helen Rees, chair of the WHO's international emergency committee, told reporters on a telephone briefing.
Polio-like disease sparks new sense of urgency
Back in 2014, as Dr. Riley Bove's family was just getting over a respiratory virus, her 4-year-old son suddenly developed some very scary symptoms. "He woke up with a paralyzed arm, neck and shoulder," said Bove, an assistant professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. "I got him right into care. Over the course of the next eight days he continued to get worse and was eventually paralyzed from the face down to his toes." It got so bad that the little boy needed help breathing, but after a stint in acute care and then two months in rehab, Bove's son was finally able to walk on his own. He still has lingering issues from his experience with the polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis - a paralyzed right shoulder and a weak neck that requires him to wear a brace - but "he certainly had an amazing recovery," Bove said.
Sexual rehab could have benefits for men with heart disease
A sexual rehabilitation program could help with erectile dysfunction in men who have heart disease, a study from Denmark suggests. Men assigned to the rehabilitation program had improved erectile function and better exercise capacity after 16 weeks compared to those who just got usual medical care, the study team reports in the journal Heart.
Patents on pot? U.S. lawsuit puts cannabis claims to the test
In October, the U.S. government issued Axim Biotechnologies Inc a patent for a cannabis-based suppository to treat irritable bowel syndrome. Britain's GW Pharmaceuticals Plc , which recently brought to market a drug derived from marijuana for epilepsy, is now seeking patent protection for another one to treat eczema.
FDA picks eight medical device firms to help battle opioid crisis
Eight medical device makers, including a startup that uses virtual reality to treat chronic pain, topped an innovation contest aimed at addressing the opioid crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday. Silicon Valley-based startup CognifiSense, which is developing the virtual reality therapy, and iPill Dispenser, which uses a biometrically controlled mobile app that aims to cut overconsumption by dispensing pills based on prescriptions, were among the winners of the FDA's contest.
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