A summary of important health news from the past week.
Teeth tablets may be linked to 10 children’s deaths, FDA says
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reported 10 deaths and 400 adverse events associated with homeopathic teething tablets. Adverse events over the past six years include fever, lethargy, vomiting, and sleepiness. The FDA warns against using teething tablets while it investigates the deaths and adverse events.
Thanks to Technology, Doctors Are Making House Calls Again
Nicknamed the 'Uber for Doctors,' new smartphone applications such as Dose, Mend, and Pager are facilitating doctor house call services. These applications mark a changing trend in the way in doctors are providing on-demand health care. Though there have been concerns regarding insurance coverage for these doctor visits, both physicians and patients have expressed their satisfaction with this emerging system.
These children have a built-in defense against AIDS
Researchers are now studying children in South Africa who they believe are biologically immune to developing AIDS. This group of children are otherwise known as HIV non-progressors, meaning that they have the virus, but it has and will remain latent. More than likely, the children were in infected in utero, and the virus has failed to activate in the immune system.
CDC: Breast cancer death rate declining for women
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the morbidity rates from breast cancer among woman has dropped from 2010 to 2014. However, in women over the age of 50, this drop is larger for white women than for black woman. The largest difference by race was observed in women 60-69 years old (2% decline in white women vs. 1% drop in black women).
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