Health Highlights: Nov. 17, 2015
Marijuana Products Should Carry Warnings on Risks to Pregnant Women: AMA Tyson Chicken Wings Recalled Guinea Could Soon be Ebola-Free
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Marijuana Products Should Carry Warnings on Risks to Pregnant Women: AMA
Medical and recreational marijuana products should carry warnings about the drug's potential risks when used by pregnant or breast-feeding women, the American Medical Association says.
The warnings should also be posted wherever the products are sold, members of the nation's most influential doctors group agreed Monday, the Associated Press reported.
The AMA's new policy is based on research indicating marijuana may be associated with low birth weight, preterm birth and behavior problems in young children.
Some studies suggest marijuana use in pregnancy is linked with attention problems and poorer problem-solving abilities in children. The drug's main active ingredient, THC, has been found in the milk of women who use marijuana while breast-feeding, and there is some evidence the drug can reduce the quality and quantity of breast milk, according to the AMA.
There are warnings about alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy, "so why not do the same thing with marijuana since it is the most commonly used illicit drug during pregnancy," said Dr. Diana Ramos, a Los Angeles physician with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the AP reported.
The college, which proposed the marijuana warnings at the AMA policy-making meeting in Atlanta, says about 5 percent of pregnant women in the United States use marijuana, but the rate is as high as 28 percent among some low-income women in cities.
The ultimate objective is to get a federal rule requiring warning signs about marijuana use during pregnancy, Ramos said. However, marijuana use is illegal under federal law, so the AMA wants local and state governments to take action, the AP reported.
Medical marijuana is legal in 23 states and Washington, D.C., and recreational use of the drug is legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and Washington, D.C.
In several states, marijuana products must carry health warnings, but Oregon is the only state to require warnings about the use of marijuana while pregnant or breast-feeding to be posted where the products are sold, the AP reported.
Tyson Chicken Wings Recalled
More than 52,000 pounds of chicken wings are being recalled by Tyson Foods Inc.
The recall was triggered by consumer complaints about the chicken wings being "off-odor" as well as mild illness after eating the wings, according to the U.S. Food Safety and Inspecton Service.
The recall is for 28-oz. bags of "Tyson Any'tizers Fully Cooked Hot Wings Chicken Wing Sections Coated with a Flavorful Hot, Tangy Sauce" with use by/sell by dates of October 24, 2016 and October 25, 2016, packaging dates 2975PBF0508-23/2985PBF0500-01 and case codes 2975PBF0508-23/2985PBF0500-01.
The products were shipped to stores nationwide. Consumers who bought the chicken wings should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.
For more information, consumers can call Tyson at 866-328-3156.
Guinea Could Soon be Ebola-Free
Guinea could be Ebola-free by the end of the year, health officials say.
The country must go 42 days without any new cases of the deadly disease before it can be declared free of Ebola, the Associated Press reported.
Guinea would be the last country to reach that goal since the Ebola outbreak that claimed more than 11,000 lives began in West Africa nearly two years ago.
Sierra Leone and Liberia -- the other two countries hardest hit by the disease -- already have been declared Ebola-free, the AP reported.