Health Highlights: Dec. 21, 2016
Qbit Child Strollers Recalled Cause of Thanksgiving Dinner Deaths Identified Texas to Block Medicaid Funds to Planned Parenthood Young Adults' Cocaine Use Rises in 16 States
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Qbit Child Strollers Recalled
About 29,400 Aria Qbit child strollers are being recalled because they pose an injury risk, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says.
A gap in the stroller's folding side hinge can pinch and possibly cut a caregiver's hand during unfolding. Also, the stroller can fold unexpectedly during use, posing an injury and fall hazard to the caregiver and child.
Aria has received five reports of caregivers being pinched by the stroller hinge, and four of them required stitches for cuts. There have also been 71 reports of the stroller unexpectedly folding during use, resulting in 12 minor bumps or bruises to a child or caregiver, and one broken wrist and elbow to an adult due to a fall.
Consumers with the strollers should stop using them and contact for a free replacement stroller. The company can be reached toll-free at 888-591-5540 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or consumers can go to Aria's website.
Cause of Thanksgiving Dinner Deaths Identified
The cause of an illness that killed three people and sickened 22 others after a Thanksgiving Day meal in San Francisco has been identified, health officials say.
The culprit was a common foodborne bacteria called Clostridium perfringens, according to Dr. Louise McNitt, deputy health officer with Contra Costa County Health Services, the Associated Press reported.
The meal was for residents of assisted living facilities in Antioch, a suburb of San Francisco.
"Clostridium perfringens is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the U.S. It can be found in the human intestine without hurting us, but eating food containing large amounts of this bacteria can cause illness and in some cases death," McNitt explained, the AP reported.
She said it's likely the bacteria was present in a food item that wasn't cooked to the right temperature, or held at the right temperature until the meal. The food item has not been identified.
Texas to Block Medicaid Funds to Planned Parenthood
Texas said Tuesday it will cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood in January.
However, similar moves in other Republican-controlled states have been blocked by federal judges, and Planned Parenthood said it will challenge Texas in court, the Associated Press reported.
Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas serve nearly 11,000 women each year through Medicaid, according to the group.
Planned Parenthood is also fighting to stop Congress from also cutting off taxpayer dollars, the AP reported.
Young Adults' Cocaine Use Rises in 16 States
Nearly 1 in 20 young adults in the United States use cocaine, a federal government study says.
In 2014-15, 4.9 percent of adults ages 18-25 reported past-year use of the drug. Rates were unchanged in 34 states and the District of Columbia, but rose in 16 states, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Rates varied from 1.8 percent in Mississippi to 10.5 percent in New Hampshire.
Cocaine is highly addictive and poses significant health risks, including heart attack and strokes.
"These increases signal the need for states and communities to continue working together, educating and training others on the dangers of cocaine use," Frances Harding, director of SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, said in an agency news release.
"Pursuing a comprehensive prevention strategy has proven to be our most effective approach to address substance use issues," Harding added.