Health Highlights: March 9, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Florida Governor Signs Gun Control Bill Into Law
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed tough new gun regulations into law and created a program to arm some school employees.
The new rules were approved by state lawmakers on Wednesday after weeks of debate. They include a three-day waiting period for most purchases of long guns and raise to 21 the minimum age for purchasing those weapons, the New York Times reported.
It was the toughest stance the state has taken on gun control in years, the Times reported, and it was prompted by the mass shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school last month.
"You made your voices heard," Scott told Stoneman Douglas students during a news conference Friday. "You helped change your state. You made a difference. You should be proud."
The sweeping and bipartisan $400 million Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act also bans the possession of "bump stocks," which increase the firepower of semi-automatic weapons.
HIV/Syphilis Outbreak Hits Milwaukee Area
The Milwaukee area is seeing an outbreak of the sexually transmitted diseases HIV and syphilis among teens and young adults.
At least 125 people have contracted one or both of the diseases, Fox News reported.
There has been an increase in sexually transmitted infections in young people aged 15 to 24, according to a Milwaukee Health Department statement.
"Because schools have a significant number of students in the 15-18 age group, we are working with the Milwaukee Health Department, in a collaborative and preventive effort, to share information with young people in middle schools and high schools to keep them healthy and to protect their health," the health department said in the statement.
Public school students account for less than 10 percent of the 125 people who have tested positive, but health care experts believe the number of cases could rise, Fox News reported.
Most of those who tested positive were men, and 45 percent were HIV-positive. Health officials also confirmed in a tweet that three babies were born with syphilis.
Malfunction Leads to Loss of Thousands of Frozen Eggs, Embryos
At least 2,100 frozen eggs and embryos from between 500 and 600 families were lost after a malfunction last weekend at an egg freezing facility in Cleveland.
There appears to have been an equipment failure at a long-term storage tank containing liquid nitrogen at the University Hospitals Fertility Center, NBC News reported.
The failure resulted in the temperature in the tank becoming warmer than it should be, which means many of the eggs and embryos in the tank may no longer be viable, according to Patti DePompei, president, UH MacDonald Women's Hospital and UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.
Some of the eggs and embryos had been stored for decades.
"We don't know the reasons why yet," DePompei told NBC News. "But we do know that the temperature that was measured at a portion of the tank was higher than our acceptable limits."