Health Highlights: Aug. 30, 2019

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

‘Rhoda’ Star Valerie Harper Dead at 80

Valerie Harper, star of two iconic TV sitcoms of the 1970s “The Mary Tyler. Moore Show” and her own spinoff hit, “Rhoda,” died Friday from cancer at age 80.

Harper’s passing was confirmed to CNN by Harper’s daughter Cristina Cacciotti and Deanna Buskey, a family friend.

Buskey told CNN that the family was not “providing details at this time,” but Harper had made no secret of her long struggle against cancer. First diagnosed with lung cancer, in 2013 Harper was also found to have another form of cancer, leptomeningeal carcinomatosis.

In July, husband Tony Cacciotti posted on Facebook that he would not follow the advice of Harper’s doctors and place her into hospice care. Even though her condition was worsening, Caccioti said he would “do my very best in making Val as comfortable as possible.” Buskey and other family members also launched a “Go Fund Me” campaign to help pay for Harper’s care.

Born in New York, Harper started out as a dancer in the 1950s before joining the renowned comedy troupe Second City. She shot to fame in the 1970s after being cast as Mary Richard’s wisecracking friend Rhoda Morgenstern, playing a more caustic foil to Mary Tyler Moore’s character.

That character became so popular that it led to the “Rhoda” spinoff, and Harper earned four Emmys for the role.

Harper’s career faltered in the 1980s when NBC cast her in “Valerie,” about a mother raising kids. But contractual issues led to her dismissal from that show. After that she remained active as an actress, appearing in guest roles on many TV series and even appearing in a 2000 movie, “Mary and Rhoda,” which reunited the two actresses and characters.


More Than 1,000 People Now Sickened by Salmonella from Live Poultry

An outbreak of Salmonella linked to backyard poultry flocks has now sickened more than 1,000 people in 49 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A CDC advisory said 235 cases have been reported since July 19 and 175 people have been hospitalized. Two people have died in the outbreak — one in Ohio and one in Texas.

Nearly 200 of those sickened are under age 5.

Contact with backyard poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, is the likely source of the disease, which causes diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, CDC said.

Those sickened reported getting poultry from several sources, including farm stores, websites and hatcheries.

Six of the strains making people sick have been identified in samples from backyard poultry areas at homes in California, Minnesota and Ohio and from retail stores in Michigan and Oregon, CDC said.

The current outbreak is the largest linked to backyard poultry since 2017, when a record 1,120 people were sickened and one died.

As the CDC explained, you can get Salmonella after touching poultry or places where they live and roam. Birds carrying the bacteria can appear healthy and clean.

To prevent illness, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching poultry or anything in their environment, CDC advised. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer.

Never let backyard poultry inside your home. Take care to keep them away from areas where food or drink are prepared, served, or stored, including outdoor patios, the CDC added.

Salmonella infections usually last four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment, the CDC said. If you’re concerned about symptoms such as a fever over 102 degrees, blood in your bowel movements or frequent vomiting, see a doctor.

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Posted: August 2019 – Daily MedNews

Health Highlights: July 3, 2019

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

Lawsuit Challenges Mississippi Law on Labeling of Meatless Products

A Mississippi law that bans terms such as “meatless meatballs” and “vegan bacon” on plant-based food labels violates free-speech rights, opponents allege in a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

The law states that “a plant-based or insect-based food product shall not be labeled as meat or a meat food product,” the Associated Press reported.

But the lawsuit says the law “serves only to create consumer confusion where none previously existed.”

The lawsuit was launched by the Plant Based Foods Association and Illinois-based Upton’s Naturals Co., which makes vegan products. They’re backed by the free-market advocacy group Institute for Justice, the AP reported.

Last year, a lawsuit was filed against a Missouri law that made it a misdemeanor to label plant-based products as meat. That legal challenge was launched by vegetarian food products maker Tofurky Co. and The Good Food Institute, a nonprofit that advocates for alternatives to meat.

In Louisiana, a law scheduled to take effect in October 2020 forbids vegetable products from being called meat, non-rice products from being called rice and sugar alternatives from being called sugar, the AP reported.

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Posted: July 2019 – Daily MedNews

Health Highlights: June 12, 2019

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

More Women Should Be On Scientific Panels, NIH Head Says

The head of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, has vowed not to speak at conferences where women are not given a prominent speaking role.

Men have typically dominated the platform at scientific meetings, the New York Times reported.

In a statement, Collins said: “I want to send a clear message of concern: It is time to end the tradition in science of all-male speaking panels.”

“Starting now, when I consider speaking invitations, I will expect a level playing field, where scientists of all backgrounds are evaluated fairly for speaking opportunities,” he said.

Collins urged others to follow his lead.

The announcement was generally praised.

“We’ve been working on this for years, and it’s great to have someone who’s a leading figure and a man do the same thing,” Yael Niv, a Princeton neuroscientist, told the Times.

“People really want him at a conference — he brings the crowds. So if he says, ‘I’m not coming to your conference to give the keynote speech because I don’t see adequate representation,’ that is huge.”


Costco Frozen Blackberries May Be Tainted With Hepatitis A

Townsend Farms, Inc. has told food giant Costco that — according to a U.S. Food and Drug Admiration inspection — frozen blackberry products made by the company may be contaminated with hepatitis A.

The frozen blackberries are used to make the Costco brand Kirkland Signature Three Berry Blend.

The possibly affected products had expiration dates of February 16, 2020, and May 4, 2020. The products are sold only at Costco stores in San Diego, Los Angeles and Hawaii.

Testing has so far shown that no products made for Costco by Townsend Farms have not been found to contain hepatitis A. None of the affected product is currently in inventory at Costco, but out of an abundance of caution Costco has been asked to tell its members about the possible contamination.

The warning affects the following products:

KIRKLAND SIGNATURE THREE BERRY BLEND, 4 lb bag — Best By codes located in the white box on the back of the Product bag:

  • FEB1620,(A),(B),(C),(D),(E),(F),(G), or (H);
  • FEB1820,(A),(B),(C),or (D);
  • FEB2920,(A),(B),(C),or (D);
  • MAR0120,(A),(B),(C),or (D);
  • APR1920,(B),(C), or (D);
  • APR2020(A),(B),(C),(D),(E), or (F);
  • APR2720(A),(B),(C),(D),(E),(F),(G), or (H);
  • APR2820(A),(B),(C),(D),(E),(F),(G), or (H);
  • MAY0220(A),(B),(C),(D),(E),(F),(G), or (H);
  • MAY0420 (H).


New Facebook Feature Aims to Boost Blood Donations

Facebook wants to help people who want to donate blood connect with local blood banks.

The new feature helps users to find places to give blood where they live and also notify them when blood is needed, CNN reported.

Users can sign up for the service in the “about section” of their profile.

“In five U.S, cities, we’re going to put a notice right at the top of News Feed, asking people to register if they want to,” Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, told CNN.

The first cities are Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Baltimore and Washington. Facebook plans to roll out the feature throughout the country in the next few months.

“Then, if there’s a blood shortage in your city, our partners like the American Red Cross can notify you and give you an opportunity to donate,” Sandberg said. “This is an opportunity for us, we think, to help people contribute to each other in a way that’s really important.”

Similar programs are already operating in India, Pakistan, Brazil and Bangladesh, and more than 35 million people have signed up, according to Facebook.

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Posted: June 2019 – Daily MedNews

Water Polo Study Highlights Head Injury Risk

SATURDAY, May 25, 2019 — Water polo players appear to face similar head injury risks as athletes in better-known sports, a new study FINDS.

“For years, water polo’s head trauma risks have been downplayed or overshadowed by football-related brain injuries,” said study co-author James Hicks.

“Our data quantifies the extent of the problem and sets the stage for additional research and possible rule changes or protective gear to improve water polo safety,” Hicks added. He is chairman of the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Irvine.

“People who’ve never seen a game may not realize how physical it is,” Hicks said in a university news release. “Head-butts and elbows. Balls flying up to 50 miles per hour.”

And while no concussions were diagnosed among players in the study, the force of the head blows was “similar to those observed in collegiate soccer, another sport that is commonly studied for the risks associated with repeated head impact exposure,” he added.

For the study, Hicks and his colleagues tracked several dozen players in Division 1 NCAA Men’s Water Polo over three seasons. The players wore caps embedded with electronic sensors.

Overall, the researchers counted an average of 18 head hits per game.

Offensive players were far more likely to get hit in the head than players in defensive and transition positions (60%, 23% and 17%, respectively), the findings showed.

Players attacking from the left side of the goal suffered more head hits than players on the right, possibly because right-handed athletes commonly throw shots from the left zone, the researchers noted.

Offensive center was the most dangerous position in terms of hits to the head. On average, those players took nearly seven blows to the head per game, which amounted to 37% of all head impacts recorded in the study.

The second-most vulnerable position, defensive center, averaged two head hits per game, according to the report.

The study authors concluded that “intercollegiate water polo athletes may represent a valuable cohort for studying the acute and chronic effects of repeated head impacts in sport to extend our knowledge of athlete physiology and neurology and to inform evidence-based policies to promote the safety of athletes and the benefits of sport.”

The study was published online May 2 in the journal PLOS ONE.

In a previous study, Hicks and a colleague found that 36% of 1,500 USA Water Polo players recalled at least one concussion during their playing career.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more on water polo injury risk and safety.

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Posted: May 2019 – Daily MedNews

VIZ May Highlights: ‘Pokémon Sun & Moon’ Set, ‘JoJo’ & ‘Snow White’ Manga

VIZ Media announces three new home media and manga titles coming up next month — plenty to keep otaku hearts in bloom through the end of spring! On disc, trainers can catch Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon – Ultra Adventures Complete Collection, which collects all 48 episodes across six discs on Blu-ray and DVD. In print, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 – Diamond Is Unbreakable delivers the latest saga of Hirohiko Araki’s award-winning, multigenerational action-adventure to readers; meanwhile, shojo fans can check out a new series with Snow White with the Red Hair.

Blu-ray MSRP: $ 49.99 U.S. / $ 57.99 CAN | DVD MSRP: $ 44.98 U.S. / $ 52.99 CAN
(Available May 21)
When Ash sees the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala in a dream, he makes a promise to them. But when he wakes up, he can’t remember what it was! Will the strange Pokémon called Nebby help jog his memory? Along with their new friend and the rest of the students at the Pokémon School, Ash and Pikachu explore the Aether Foundation, an organization dedicated to Pokémon conservation and care. But it may not be as innocent as it seems, and Ash and his friends will have to work together to protect the people and Pokémon they care about as they face a mysterious power like nothing they have ever seen.

By Hirohiko Araki
MSRP: $ 19.99 U.S. / $ 26.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
(Available May 7)
In April 1999, Jotaro Kujo travels to a town in Japan called Morioh to find a young man named Josuke Higashikata, the secret love child of his grandfather, Joseph Joestar. Upon finding him, Jotaro is surprised to learn that Josuke also possesses a Stand. After their strange meeting, the pair team up to investigate the town’s proliferation of unusual Stands!

By Sorata Akiduki
MSRP: $ 9.99 U.S. / $ 12.99 CAN · Rated ‘T’ for Teens
(Available May 7)
Shirayuki is an herbalist famous for her naturally bright-red hair, and the prince of Tanbarun wants her all to himself! The prince from the neighboring kingdom, Zen, rescues her from her plight, and thus begins their love story. For more info on these and the many other anime and manga titles from VIZ, visit

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Animation Production Days Highlights Industry Trends

The conference program for the 13th Animation Production Days (May 1-3) has been finalized, offering inspiration for the future of the industry with case studies detailing the use of game engines in animation production and new ideas and strategies for the exploitation of animation projects. APD is the most important business platform for animation projects in Germany and takes place as part of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and FMX Conference.

In addition to the APD conference, to be held the afternoon of May 2 in the Rotunda of L-Bank, the event comprises a two-day co-production and financing market.

In the first part of the conference, producers who have explored new paths will share their experiences. Thomas Borch Nielsen (Nice Ninja) and Dirk Hampel (B-Water Animation Studios) have both produced projects using game engines and will report on lessons learned.

Can you build a series and establish a successful brand without a linear platform? Helen Howells and Oliver Ellis from Hoho Entertainment will discuss how they refused to give up on their preschool brand, Cloudbabies, long after the series finished airing on terrestrial TV in the U.K.

Niko and the Sword of Light went from being a hit animated comic-book app to an almost cancelled series to an Emmy award winner. Co-creator Bobby Chiu will recount the strategies, trials and tribulations behind the series.

In the conference’s second section, the Content Briefing Session, representatives from German and international TV channels and distributors will provide an overview of current industry trends and market developments. Dr. Astrid Plenk (Managing and Programming Director of KiKA, the Children’s Channel of ARD and ZDF), Dominique Neudecker (Senior Manager of Acquisitions & Co-Production, Disney Channels GSA), Richard Rowe (Director of International Acquisitions & Co-Productions, DHX Media) and Chris Rose (VP of Animation Production/Development, Nickelodeon International) will introduce their programming requirements and strategies with regards to animated content.

Access to the APD conference is granted to all accredited APD participants and also to industry guests with ITFS and FMX accreditation.

Over 160 participants from 23 countries are accredited for the APD co-production and financing market. In around 800 pre-planned one-to-one meetings over two days, they will be discussing the 50 animation projects chosen by the jury (from a total of 84 applications) to be presented at this year’s APD.

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Disney TV Toon Highlights for February

Many sweet animated treats await Disney TV channels viewers throughout February, from lovestruck Valentine’s-themed episodes to the premiere of the all-new, live-action Kim Possible Disney Channel Movie. Plus, plenty of kid-friendly laughs and heroic action-adventure.

Puppy Dog Pals

Puppy Dog Pals

Friday, Feb. 1
9:30–10:00 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Puppy Dog Pals “Valentine Surprise/Bright Lights, Pup City” When the Pugs and Keia learn that it’s Valentine’s Day, they make it their mission to find the perfect gifts for Bob and Chloe. | Bob is devastated when Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights is canceled, so the Pugs scour the city looking for a way to repair the lights.

10:00–10:30 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Vampirina “Franken-Wedding/Bat Hair Day” Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein hold their wedding at the Hauntley’s Scare B&B and give Vampirina a very important job. Anna Camp and Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect”) guest star as Bride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein, respectively. | Gregoria’s sculpture of the Hauntley family is almost ruined when Vee wakes up with a bat hair day. ABC News’ Dan Harris (“Nightline”) guest stars as an ogre from Transylvania’s “Ogre Express” delivery service.

10:30–11:00 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Fancy Nancy “Nancy, La Poete/Mon Amie… Grace?” While trying to win a poetry contest, Nancy gets a case of writer’s block. | When Nancy’s Valentine’s Day card to Bree is sent to Grace by mistake, Grace thinks they’re best friends. Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”) returns as Ms. Devine.

Sunday, Feb. 3
10:00–10:30 P.M. EST (Disney Channel) Star Wars Resistance “The First Order Occupation” Kaz scrambles to help Synara escape the platform as the First Order sends a contingent of stormtroopers to hunt a spy.

Sunday, Feb. 10
9:00–9:30 P.M. EST (Disney XD) Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest “King Breaker Part One” Black Panther must go behind enemy lines to save his foes from an even bigger threat.

9:30–10:00 P.M. EST (Disney XD) Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest “King Breaker Part Two” With an attack coming from multiple sides, Black Panther turns to help from an unlikely source.

10:00–10:30 P.M. EST (Disney Channel) Star Wars Resistance “The New Trooper” When Kel and Eila seek out Kaz’s help after knocking out a stormtrooper, Kaz dons the trooper’s armor to protect the kids and spy on the First Order.

Friday, Feb. 15
10:00–10:15 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Muppet Babies “The Best, Best Friend”

Fozzie fears he might be losing his best friend, Kermit, when Rowlf the dog shows up in the Playroom and wins everyone over.

8:00–9:32 P.M. EST (Disney Channel) Kim Possible Based on the global hit animated series, the live-action “Kim Possible” Disney Channel Original Movie follows everyday teen hero Kim Possible and best friend and sidekick Ron Stoppable as they embark on their freshman year of high school, all while saving the world from evil villains. By their side, every step of the way, is teen tech-genius Wade and new friend Athena, who also happens to be a Kim Possible super fan and is eager to join Team Possible. While Kim and Ron have always been one step ahead of their opponents, navigating the social hierarchy of high school is more challenging than the action-hero ever imagined. With Drakken and Shego lurking in the wings, Kim must rely on her family and friends more than ever. Now it’s up to Team Possible—Kim, Ron, tech-genius Wade, new friend Athena and Rufus, a Naked mole-rat that Ron meets along the way—to stop these super villains.

Saturday, Feb. 16
7:00–7:30 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Milo Murphy’s Law “The Ticking Clock/Managing Murphy’s Law” Milo and his friends try to save the old clock at City Hall that Melissa’s great-grandmother designed. Barry Bostwick (“Spin City”) returns as Clyde Rickenbacker. | Amanda helps Milo, Zack, and Melissa prepare for an afternoon concert.

11:30 A.M.–12:00 P.M. EST (Disney Junior) Elena of Avalor “Movin’ On Up” When Elena invites Mateo to move into his own Royal Wizard quarters within the palace, his mother assumes she is invited to move in too. Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”) returns as Mateo’s mother, Rafa.

Marvel's Avenger's: Black Panther's Quest

Marvel’s Avenger’s: Black Panther’s Quest

Sunday, Feb. 17
9:00–9:30 P.M. EST (Disney XD) Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest “Widowmaker” Black Panther explores a secret enemy facility with a nefarious past.

10:00–10:30 P.M. EST (Disney Channel) Star Wars Resistance “The Core Problem” Poe and Kaz make an unsettling discovery and must evade the First Order when they are spotted by an enemy probe droid. Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) returns as Poe Dameron.

The Lion Guard

The Lion Guard

Monday, Feb. 18
10:00–10:30 A.M. EST (Disney Junior) The Lion Guard “The Queen’s Visit” After being threatened by Scar’s attacks, Queen Dhahabu asks Fuli, Tiifu and Zuri to become her permanent personal guards. Renée Elise Goldsberry (Broadway’s “Hamilton”) returns as Queen Dhahabu. Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”) and Raini Rodriguez (“Austin & Ally”) return as zebra siblings Raha and Starahe, respectively.

Friday, Feb. 22
10:30–11:00 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Vampirina “Baby Dragon/Gloommates” A baby dragon visits the Hauntley’s and takes a special liking to Gregoria. Tony Award winner Patti LuPone (“Evita”) returns as Nanpire. | When the Hauntley house becomes infested with Charmer bugs, Edna insists the entire family stay with her while the house is being fumigated.

Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy

11:00–11:30 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Fancy Nancy “The Amazing Adventures of Grammy and Poppy/Un, Deux, Cha Cha Cha!” Nancy gains a new appreciation for her Grandparents when they come to visit. John Ratzenberger (“Cheers”) guest stars as Poppy. | Nancy partners up with her Grandpa to compete in a local ballroom dancing competition. George Wendt (“Cheers”) returns as Grandpa.

Saturday, Feb. 23
7:00–7:30 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Milo Murphy’s Law “Milo’s Shadow/Sick Day” Doof follows Milo around for a day to try and learn how to be more like him. Hal Sparks (Disney XD’s “Lab Rats”) guest stars as conspiracy theorist, Chaffe. | When aliens try to retrieve a tissue sample from a sick Milo, Diogee intervenes. John Ross Bowie and Cedric Yarbrough (ABC’s “Speechless”) guest star as shape-shifting alien buddies, Loab and Khone.

Sunday, Feb. 24
9:00–9:30 P.M. EST (Disney XD) Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest “Atlantis Attacks” All of Black Panther’s efforts to protect Wakanda are thrown into jeopardy by a new foe.

9:30–10:00 P.M. EST (Disney XD) Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest “House of M” The past actions of Black Panther and The Avengers come back to haunt them.

10:00–10:30 P.M. EST (Disney Channel) Star Wars Resistance “The Disappeared”

Kaz and Torra investigate the disappearance of a friend and plan to free them from the First Order.

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Health Highlights: Jan. 4, 2019