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Health Highlights: Oct. 21, 2015

Gene Test Company 23andMe to Resume Giving Health Data to Consumers 'Superbug'-Stricken NFL Player Daniel Fells Released From Hospital

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

Gene Test Company 23andMe to Resume Giving Health Data to Consumers

Consumer genetic testing company 23andMe will resume providing customers with health information, nearly two years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered the firm to stop doing so.

California-based 23andMe said Wednesday it now has FDA approval to provide health information based on genetic tests of customers' saliva samples, but will provide much less data than before, The New York Times reported.

The company also redesigned its website to make it easier for consumers to understand genetic information, and increased the price of the service from $99 to $199.

"Part of what we tried to do over the last two years is take advantage of being off the market to redesign the entire experience," Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and chief executive of 23andMe, told The Times.

In November 2013, the FDA told the company to stop providing health information until it could get agency approval by proving that its genetic test results were accurate.

Another California-based medical testing company called Theranos has been told by the FDA to stop using its method of taking blood samples from the finger instead of the arm until the FDA approves the device used, The Times reported.


'Superbug'-Stricken NFL Player Daniel Fells Released From Hospital

NFL player Daniel Fells was released from hospital Tuesday after nearly three weeks of treatment for a potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria infection in his foot.

The New York Giants tight end was admitted to Hackensack University Medical Center Oct. 2 with MRSA, which kills thousands of people a year, the Associated Press reported.

Earlier in the season, Fells suffered an ankle injury and it became infected, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. The team disinfected its facility and players were educated about MRSA.

Fells is expected to undergo at least two more surgeries to ensure the infected area is properly cleaned and medicated, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the AP reported.

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