See What HealthDay Can Do For You
Contact Us

Health Highlights: May 14, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump Treated for Kidney Condition Congo Ebola Outbreak Death Toll Now at 19 Boy Thrown Onto California Highway in Bounce House Top Sunscreens Named by Consumer Reports More Illnesses in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Eggs

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

First Lady Melania Trump Treated for Kidney Condition

First Lady Melania Trump underwent a procedure Monday morning to treat a benign kidney condition. The procedure was successful and there were no complications, the White House said in a statement.

Melania Trump, who is 48, is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the rest of the week.

President Donald Trump was expected to visit his wife at the hospital outside Washington, D.C., later Monday, the Associated Press reported.


Congo Ebola Outbreak Death Toll Now at 19

The number of victims who've died as a result of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 19, with health officials speeding an experimental vaccine to the outbreak's epicenter.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said there are now 39 confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola in the central African nation. Cases are spreading throughout rural regions comprising about 40 square miles in the DRC's northwest sector, the Washington Post reported.

Three health-care workers are among the dead, and health officials are tracking the health of 400 people who've had contact with Ebola patients, the Post said.

In the meantime, WHO said shipments of an experimental Ebola vaccine are expected to arrive in the affected area by the end of this week. The vaccine was developed by Merck after the recent West African outbreak. In a trial of more than 5,800 people inoculated in Guinea in 2015, none came down with Ebola.

"Everything is formally agreed already. The vaccine is safe and efficacious and has already been tested. I think we can -- all is ready now to really use it," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO's director-general, told reporters Monday.

The biggest Ebola outbreak yet recorded killed about 11,300 people as it spread throughout Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia between 2014 and 2016.

Ebola symptoms typically arise within about eight to 10 days of exposure to the virus, and include fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting and hemorrhage.


Boy Thrown Onto California Highway in Bounce House

A 9-year-old boy from Southern California came away with only minor injuries after the inflatable bounce house he was playing in was blown onto a highway during strong winds, NBC News reported.

The unidentified boy fell out of the bounce house Saturday afternoon after it rolled onto Highway 395 in Adelanto, north of San Bernardino. The rubber structure struck a car and landed about a quarter-mile away, NBC News said.

The driver wasn't hurt, but reportedly was "shook up from the ordeal."

Bounce houses, a popular party attraction, have been the focus of safety concerns before. Last year, five children in Greenville, S.C., were hurt after a wind gust hurled a bounce house during a church carnival, NBC News noted.

The network cited safety experts who said anchoring stakes for the houses should be at least 18-inches long and hammered into the ground at a 45-degree angle. If the structure is used on concrete, heavy sandbags should be used as anchors.

Bounce houses shouldn't be used if winds exceed 15 to 20 miles per hour, the network reported.


Top Sunscreens Named by Consumer Reports

The best sunscreens for 2018 have been named in Consumer Reports' annual list.

The group assessed 73 sunscreen lotions, sprays, and sticks labeled SPF 30 or higher, CBS News reported.

SPF (sun protection factor) is meant to indicate how well a sunscreen protects against ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, which can trigger skin cancer.

"Every sunscreen is tested at the lab in the same way -- and we use sunscreens we buy off the shelves, the way a consumer would," Trisha Calvo, deputy editor of health and food at Consumer Reports, told CBS News.

The group said this year's top four sunscreens are: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk; Equate (Walmart) Sport Lotion SPF 50; BullFrog Land Sport Quik Gel SPF 50; Coppertone WaterBabies SPF 50 Lotion.

Of the 73 sunscreens tested, 24 had less than half their labeled SPF number, which means consumers may not be getting the amount of sun protection they expect, CBS News reported.

During its years of testing sunscreens, Consumer Reports has found that "natural" or "mineral" products with only titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or both as active ingredients have tended to be less effective than those with chemical active ingredients, such as avobenzone, the researchers said.

No mineral sunscreens made this year's list of recommended sunscreens, CBS News reported.


More Illnesses in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Eggs

The number of people who have become ill in a salmonella outbreak linked with Rose Acre Farms eggs now totals 35 in nine states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Since its last update on April 19, 12 more illnesses have been reported, the CDC said.

Illnesses began between Nov. 16, 2017 and April 14, 2018. The outbreak has resulted in 11 hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported.

On April 13, Rose Acre Farms recalled over 206 million eggs that were sold in many states under different brand names. For full information, go to the FDA's Recalls website.

Consumers, restaurants and retailers should not eat, serve, or sell recalled eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms' Hyde County farm. Throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund, the CDC said.

It also recommended washing and sanitizing refrigerator shelves or drawers where the recalled eggs were stored.

All eggs need to be handled and cooked safely to prevent illness. Eggs should be cooked until both the yolk and white are firm, and scrambled eggs should not be runny, the CDC said.

Salmonella can cause illness 12 to 72 hours after being ingested. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Most people recover within a week, but some cases can last longer and be more severe.

Consumer News