Health Highlights: Jan. 14, 2019
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Dog Food Recalled Due to Salmonella Contamination
One lot of A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs has been recalled in Nebraska due to possible salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
The recall is for lot 2018 20/08 20. There is no nationwide recall.
The recalled dog food poses a serious health risk to both dogs and people, the FDA warned.
If you bought the recalled dog food, throw it away in a secure container where other animals, including wildlife, cannot get at it. If you've had this product in your homes, clean fridges/freezers where it was stored, and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with, the FDA advised.
Clean up the pet's feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may be exposed to it.
Anyone with symptoms of salmonella infection -- such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps -- should see a health care provider. Take your pet to a veterinarian if it has symptoms of salmonella infection, which can include vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, loss of appetite and/or decreased activity levels.
Most people recover from salmonella infection without treatment, but in some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that patients need to be hospitalized, the FDA said.
People especially at risk from salmonella infection include those who are very young, very old, or have a weak immune system.
Morning No Longer Peak Time for Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Study
Early morning is no longer the time you're at greatest risk for sudden cardiac arrest, researchers say.
"The dogma -- in fact, this is everywhere, in all the textbooks about sudden cardiac arrest -- [is that] the most common time period for people to have a sudden cardiac arrest is early in the morning," Dr. Sumeet Chugh, Professor and associate director of the Heart Institute and director of the Heart Rhythm Center at Cedars-Sinai, told CNN.
He and his colleagues analyzed more than 2,600 cases of sudden cardiac arrest in Oregon and found that 31.6 percent of cases occurred in the afternoon, 13.9 percent in the early morning, 27.6 percent in the morning, and 26.9 percent in the evening.
The study was published in the journal Heart Rhythm.
Sudden cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction in the heart, while a heart attack is caused by blockages in heart blood flow.
There may be a number of reasons for the study's findings, including increased accuracy in records of the timing of sudden cardiac arrests, Chugh told CNN.
Other factors may include the shift to a 24/7 culture, and treatment changes that could be peak times for sudden cardiac arrest, he said.
Bud Light Gets Large Nutrition Label
New, large labeling will make it easier for Bud Light drinkers to know the levels of calories, fat carbohydrates and protein in their beer.
Prominent labels showing that information will begin appearing on packages of Bud Light next month, the Associated Press reported.
In 2016, major beer makers agreed to voluntarily include nutrition facts on their products by 2020. Bud Light appears to be leading the way.
The beer will carry a big, black-and-white nutrition label, similar to the ones required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on packaged foods. Along with the ingredients, the label shows that a a 12-ounce bottle or can has 110 calories and two percent of the recommended daily amount of carbohydrates, AP reported.
Many brands already have nutrition labels on their bottles or packaging, but they're in small type or on the bottom of the case, and don't include ingredients.
Trump Rules on Employer-Provided Birth Control Blocked by Judge
The Trump administration's new rules on employer-provided birth control have been blocked in some parts of the country by a judge in California.
The preliminary injunction against the rules allowing more companies to opt out of providing female employees with no-cost birth control apply to 13 states and Washington, D.C., the Associated Press reported.
Judge Haywood Gilliam ruled on Sunday in favor of plaintiffs seeking to prevent the rules from taking effect as scheduled on Monday while a lawsuit against them is before the courts.
However, Gilliam rejected the plaintiffs' request to block the rules nationwide, the AP reported.
The ruling applies to California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
U.S. Doctor Released From Omaha Hospital After Ebola Monitoring
An American doctor who was monitored for 21 days after possible Ebola exposure did not develop the deadly disease and has been released from the Nebraska Medicine Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, officials say.
The unidentified doctor's possible exposure to Ebola occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is an Ebola outbreak.
"This person completed the required 21-day monitoring period and did not develop symptoms of the disease," Dr. Ted Cieslak, and infectious diseases specialist and associate professor of epidemiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, said in a medical center news release.
"Because this individual was symptom-free throughout the monitoring period, it was determined they did not have Ebola, and therefore, were free to depart our facility and return home," Cieslak said.
The doctor arrived at the medical center for monitoring on Dec. 29. and was kept in a secure area not accessible to other patients or the public. After leaving the medical center on Jan. 12, the doctor left Omaha.