Health Highlights: Dec. 13, 2016
Ohio Governor Signs Bill Banning Abortions at 20 Weeks Products With Powdered Milk Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination Lawsuit Filed Against Texas Fetal Remains Disposal Rules U.S. Mumps Cases at 10-Year High: CDC Judge to Consider ConAgra Plea in Tainted Peanut Butter Case
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Ohio Governor Signs Bill Banning Abortions at 20 Weeks
While Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on Tuesday that imposes a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, he vetoed the controversial "heartbeat bill," which would have banned abortions at the first sign of a fetal heartbeat.
A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy, which can often be before a woman knows she is pregnant.
Instead of facing costly legal challenges, Kasich, a Republican and an abortion-rights opponent, chose to sign off on the 20-week ban, the Associated Press reported. It is similar to what 15 states enforce and what is blocked from enforcement in two other states, the wire service said.
Ohio lawmakers can override the veto of the heartbeat bill with a three-fifths majority in each chamber, according to the AP.
Since the election of Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers in numerous states -- including Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Kentucky -- have said they will push for new anti-abortion legislation, the wire service said.
And Republicans in Congress are expected to put forth legislation banning most abortions after 20 weeks and halting federal funding for Planned Parenthood as long as it performs abortions. Trump has pledged to support both measures, according to the AP.
Products With Powdered Milk Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
A wide range of products with powdered milk that may be contaminated with salmonella have been recalled, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
The companies and their recalled items include: Valley Milk Products -- nonfat high heat milk powder and sweet cream buttermilk powder; Shearer's Foods, LLC -- kettle chips, potato chips, and nacho chips; Deep River Snacks -- kettle chips; Boulder Brands, Inc. -- macaroni and cheese; TreeHouse Foods, Inc. -- macaroni and cheese; New Hope Mills -- crepe mix; Fourth Street Barbecue Inc. -- macaroni and cheese; Brand Castle, LLC -- monkey bread mix.
Salmonella infection can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Most people recover, but infants, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of serious complications from such infections, CNN reported.
To date, no illnesses associated with the recalled products have been reported.
Last week, possible salmonella contamination led Publix Super Markets to recall three of its waffle and pancake mixes sold at stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, CNN reported.
Lawsuit Filed Against Texas Fetal Remains Disposal Rules
A lawsuit was filed Monday against a new Texas law that would force abortion facilities to have fetal remains buried or cremated.
The legal action against the law, scheduled to take effect Dec. 19, was launched by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, CBS News reported.
Similar measures in Louisiana and Indiana were blocked by legal challenges.
The new Texas rules mandating burial or cremation of fetal remains were first proposed just days after the U.S. Supreme Court largely voided the state's tough anti-abortion laws, CBS News reported.
U.S. Mumps Cases at 10-Year High: CDC
Mumps cases in the United States are at a 10-year high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of November, a total of 2,879 mumps infections had been reported in 45 states and the District of Columbia, more than twice the number of mumps cases reported in 2015.
A growing number of schools and colleges are dealing with mumps outbreaks. For example, the University of Missouri's Columbia campus has confirmed 193 cases since the start of school in late August, CBS News reported.
One reason mumps can spread easily at colleges is dormitory living, according to Dr. Michael Grosso, medical director and CMO of Huntington Hospital/Northwell Health.
"It's spread through respiratory secretions, coughing, sneezing, close contact and sharing the same cups and utensils," he told CBS News.
Judge to Consider ConAgra Plea in Tainted Peanut Butter Case
A $11.2 million plea deal between federal prosecutors and ConAgra over tainted peanut butter will be considered by a federal judge Tuesday.
The company's Peter Pan peanut butter was linked to a salmonella outbreak in 2007 that sickened at least 625 people in 47 states.
The proposed deal to settle the criminal case against ConAgra was reached last year. It includes an $8 million fine, which officials say would be the largest criminal fine ever in a U.S. food safety case, the Associated Press reported.
At the hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands will decide whether to finalize the settlement.