Health Highlights: Dec. 16, 2015

Lifetime Medical Care for 9/11 First Responders to be Approved by Congress Lawsuit Filed Over WEN Hair Care Products

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

Lifetime Medical Care for 9/11 First Responders to be Approved by Congress

Lifetime health care benefits for 9/11 first responders will finally be approved by Congress.

An act to provide them with lifetime medical care for illnesses associated with their work at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 is included in a must-pass $1.1 trillion spending package, CNBC reported.

An agreement on the issue was reached by the White House and Congressional leaders late Tuesday, and House and Senate votes are expected to be held Thursday.

"Never again will survivors and responders be forced to walk the halls of Congress, begging for their health care. Never again will they lose sleep over fear that this life-saving program will run out," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said in a statement Tuesday evening, CNBC reported.

Legislation to provide 9/11 first responders with lifetime medical care had widespread bipartisan support, but some House and Senate Republicans wanted to limit the size and duration of the program.


Lawsuit Filed Over WEN Hair Care Products

WEN all-in-one hair care products cause hair to fall out in clumps, as well as scalp irritation and rashes, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of 200 consumers earlier this year.

The products, created by hair dresser Chaz Dean and sold by a company called Guthy-Renker, "contain an ingredient or combination of ingredients that cause significant hair loss, damage and other injuries," according to the lawsuit.

The company did not immediately return requests for comment about the matter, CBS News reported.

"The parties are attempting to settle their differences and we have agreed to refrain from any extrajudicial statements in the meantime," Amy Davis, lawsuit lead counsel, said in an email to CBS MoneyWatch.

A number of customers are posting negative online reviews about the products, which are promoted on QVC and sold on Amazon and Sephora.

"Please don't be fooled by commercials and the paid actresses," a customer warned on Amazon earlier this month, CBS News reported. "This product leaves your hair damaged and it takes months to get your hair back to a healthy condition again."

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