Health Highlights: June 28, 2016

Related Health News

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Biden's 'Moonshot' Cancer Summit Seeks to Boost Research

A day-long cancer summit will be held Wednesday to gather ideas for the Obama administration's year-long initiative to advance cancer research.

The summit at Howard University in Washington, D.C. will be hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and is expected to attract as many as 300 people from academia, industry and advocacy groups, the Washington Post reported.

Dozens of regional summits will also be held nationwide on Wednesday.

The meetings are meant to give a boost to Biden's "cancer moonshot" effort. Partisan disputes in Congress have slowed funding while federal officials scramble to develop recommendations on how to speed up research advances, the Post reported.

Those proposals won't be ready until late summer or fall.

Cancer kills nearly 600,000 Americans a year.


U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Pharmacists' Religious Objections Over Emergency Contraceptives

Pharmacies can't use religious objections as an excuse not to dispense Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

The court rejected an appeal from a pharmacy and two pharmacists who said their religious beliefs were violated by a Washington state law that requires pharmacies to fill prescriptions for lawful prescriptions, the Associated Press reported.

Under the law, individual pharmacists with moral objections can refer patients to another pharmacist in the same store.

The law was introduced in 2007 after some women said they were denied access to emergency contraceptives that must be taken within a few hours of unprotected sex, the AP reported.

A trial judge twice ruled for the pharmacists in the lawsuit, but both rulings were overturned by the federal appeals court in San Francisco.


Dogs May Spot Low Blood Sugar in Diabetics: Study

Dogs could help protect type 1 diabetes patients against dangerous drops in blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia), according to researchers.

They believe dogs can detect higher levels of a chemical called isoprene in the breath of diabetes patients when they develop hypoglycemia, which can lead to shakiness, disorientation, fatigue, and seizures or unconsciousness if the condition lasts too long, United Press International reported.

The researchers at the University of Cambridge in England slowly lowered blood sugar levels in eight women with type 1 diabetes and tested the chemicals in their breath as their blood sugar levels fell. Isoprene levels rose significantly during hypoglycemia.

People cannot detect this chemical, but it's likely dogs can, according to the authors of the study in the journal Diabetes Care. They said it may be possible to train dogs to detect the chemical in the breath of their owners and give them an early warning about falling blood sugar levels.

The researchers also said it may be possible to develop a breath test for blood sugar levels that is easier and cheaper than finger-prick tests, UPI reported.


Ikea Recalls Dressers, Chests Due to Tip-Over Danger

At least 27 million "Malm" chests and dressers have been recalled by Ikea because they can easily tip over onto children, causing serious injuries or death.

Three children have been killed after Malm furniture fell on them, NBC News reported.

Consumers with the recalled chests and dressers can get free repair kits to anchor the furniture to a wall, or they can get a refund, according to Ikea USA president Lars Peterson.

Ikea issued the recall despite a campaign that resulted in the company sending out 300,000 anchor kits.

This is a story from HealthDay, a service of ScoutNews, LLC.