Health Highlights: March 18, 2016

Chicken of the Sea Tuna Recalled Two New Ebola Cases Confirmed in Guinea: WHO J&J; Told to Pay $502 Million in Artificial Hip Lawsuit Decision

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Updated on March 18, 2016

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

Chicken of the Sea Tuna Recalled

More than 100,000 cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna have been recalled because the tuna may have been undercooked and could cause life-threatening illness, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC says.

The voluntary recall is for 2,745 cases (107,280 cans) of 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in oil and 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in water distributed across the United States.

To date, no illnesses have been reported, according to the company.

For a full list of the UPC codes and best-by date for products under recall, head to the news release from Tri-Union Seafoods.

Consumers can return the recalled products to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, call the company at 1-866-600-2681.

This recall comes a day after more than 31,500 cases of Bumble Bee canned chunk light tuna were recalled due to underprocessing.


Two New Ebola Cases Confirmed in Guinea: WHO

Two new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Guinea, nearly three months after the country was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.

The cases were found in a village in the southern area of the West African nation and WHO said it sent a team of experts to the site, USA Today reported.

Guinea officials alerted the WHO about the unexplained deaths of three people whose family members showed Ebola symptoms. A woman and her 5-year-old son tested positive for the deadly virus and were taken to a treatment center.

The two new cases in Guinea were confirmed around the same time as the WHO announced the end of an Ebola flare-up in neighboring Sierra Leone, USA Today reported.

The Ebola outbreak that began in Dec. 2013 has claimed more than 11,300 lives, most of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.


J&J Told to Pay $502 Million in Artificial Hip Lawsuit Decision

Johnson & Johnson must pay $502 million to five patients for problems they experienced with the company's Pinnacle artificial hips, a federal-court jury in Dallas said Thursday.

The patients accused J&J of hiding flaws in the devices that caused them to prematurely fail, Bloomberg News reported.

J&J was ordered to pay $142 million in actual damages and $360 million in punitive damages to the patients, whose hips broke down and had to be surgically removed.

This was the second trial of about 8,000 lawsuits filed over the Pinnacle hips. J&J won the first case heard by a jury in 2014, Bloomberg reported.

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