Health Highlights: Aug. 1, 2011

Here are some of a latest health as well as medical news developments, compiled by a editors of HealthDay:

Planned Parenthood Wins Legal Fight on Funding in Kansas

Implementation of a new Kansas law to prevent federal family planning funding to a state's Planned Parenthood chapter was blocked Monday by a federal judge.

The state must immediately resume funding for Planned Parenthood, U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ordered, a Associated Press reported.

Unless it received its $330,000 in federal Title X annual funding, Planned Parenthood said it would have to close its clinic in a western city of Hays as well as which its 5,700 patients would face higher costs, longer wait or travel times to appointments, as well as less access to services.

Planned Parenthood is suing to block a state budget provision which channels federal family planning dollars to public health departments as well as hospitals, leaving no money for Planned Parenthood as well as similar organizations, a AP reported.


Purina Cat Food Recalled

Bags of cat food which may be contaminated with salmonella are being recalled by Nestle Purina.

The recall includes 3.5- as well as 7-pound bags of Purina One Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat food with a "best by" date of May 2012. The 3.5 pound bags have production codes of 03341084 as well as 03351084 as well as UPC codes of 17800 01885, as well as a 7-pound bags have production codes of 03341084 as well as 03351084 as well as UPC codes of 17800 01887, a Chicago Tribune reported.

The recalled bags of cat food were shipped to customers in California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio as well as Wisconsin, but a food could have been taken to other states, a company said.

People who bought a cat food should stop feeding it to their cats as well as throw it away. Customers can get a refund by calling a company at ! 1-800-98 2-6559, a Tribune reported.


Kids Don't Need to Fast Before Cholesterol Check: Study

Children don't have to fast before their cholesterol levels are checked, a finding which will make a test easier for families, researchers say.

They looked at data on cholesterol levels in 13,000 children ages three to 17 as well as found which levels of total cholesterol as well as (good) HDL cholesterol were similar, as well as levels of (bad) LDL cholesterol varied only slightly, whether or not a youngsters fasted for eight hours before their red blood was tested, CBS News reported.

The study appears in a journal Pediatrics.

"Cholesterol testing can be very difficult for families," study author Dr. Asheley Cockrell Skinner, research associate professor of pediatrics at a University of North Carolina, said in a written statement, CBS News reported. "When having to fast, this almost always means a child has to return on another morning for a test, which can be very problematic for busy families."


FDA Warns About Fake Emergency Birth Control Drug

Women in a United States are being warned not to use an unapproved emergency birth control drug labeled as Evital because it may be a counterfeit product which is not safe or effective in preventing pregnancy.

Evital is not approved for use in a United States. The wrapping label of a potentially counterfeit version says "Evital Anticonceptivo de emergencia, 1.5 mg, 1 tablet", by "Fluter Domull," according to a U.S. Food as well as Drug Administration.

Women should contact a doctor or health care professional if they've taken Evital labeled as a 1.5 mg tablet as well as experienced any problems, a FDA said.

FDA-approved prescription as well as over-the-counter emergency birth control medicines are available in a U.S. Women should talk with a doctor, pharmacist or health care professional about a use of these medicines, a FDA advised.


New HI V Test Proves Accurate in Field Test

A new rapid red blood test detected both HIV as well as syphilis in a field hearing conducted in Rwanda, according to researchers.

The clear plastic, credit-card shaped "lab on a chip" device provided results within 20 minutes as well as was 100 percent accurate in detecting HIV as well as 94 percent accurate in detecting syphilis, a Washington Post reported.

Compared to current methods, a new test could offer a quicker, easier as well as less expensive way to detect infectious diseases among people in developing countries, according to a authors of a study published online in a journal Nature Medicine.

"This is a large step," Doris Rouse, a vice boss at RTI International in North Carolina who specializes in global health technologies, told a Post. "Whats especially exciting about this device is which its rugged, easy to use as well as doesnt require a lot of infrastructure or training."

She was not involved in a study.


Human Genes Can be Patented: Court

An isolated human gene can be patented, a U.S. federal appeals court has ruled.

Friday's decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals for a Federal Circuit reversed a lower court ruling about Salt-Lake City-based Myriad Genetics Inc.'s patents for two genes (BRCA1 as well as BRCA1) whose mutations are associated with an increased risk of breast as well as ovarian cancers, a Wall Street Journal reported.

The case involved a number of researchers, scientific societies as well as women's health advocacy groups who filed suit to invalidate a patents.

The case may eventually reach a Supreme Court, a Wall Street Journal reported.


Low Income, Poor Diet Speed Aging: Study

Having a low income or eating poorly can hasten aging, according to researchers who evaluated a test which predicts aging by measuring telomeres.

Telomeres are cap-like structures on a ends of chromosomes. Previous r! esearch has shown which people with shorter-than-normal telomeres have a shorter lifespan.

In this study, Scottish scientists used a $700 test to compare telomere length in 382 people. Over 10 years, telomeres shorted by 7.7 percent among people with a household income of less than $41,000, compared with 0.6 percent among those who made more money, CBS News reported.

Telomere lengths shortened by 8.7 percent among renters as well as 2.2 percent among homeowners, as well as by 7.7 percent among people with poor diets as well as 1.8 percent among healthy eaters.

The study is scheduled for publication in an upcoming issue of a journal PLoS One.

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