Health Highlights: Oct. 7, 2016
Naked Juice Sued Over Labeling Swedish Woman Had Baby With Mother's Womb Lil' Luxuries Infant Bathtubs Recalled
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Naked Juice Sued Over Labeling
A lawsuit launched this week against Naked Juice alleges that its product labeling misleads consumers.
The labels on Naked Juice bottles highlight no sugar added and high levels of nutritious ingredients. But the lawsuit filed by the Center in the Public Interest (CSPI) says the "no sugar added" claim downplays less nutritious ingredients, NBC News reported.
"They are offering something that has as much sugar as a can of Pepsi, which is something we would never imagine from looking at the label," said Maia Kats, director of litigation for CSPI.
The group noted that a 15-ounce bottle of Naked Juice Kale Blazer has 8 teaspoons of sugar fruits and vegetables, while a 12-ounce bottle of Pepsi contains 10 teaspoons of added sugar, NBC News reported.
"It's not unlawful to sell a beverage that is not healthy. The issue here is people think they are doing something good for themselves by drinking this," Kats said. "Therein lies the problem."
"We believe this lawsuit is baseless. I think we're extremely transparent about what's in the product," said Andrea Theodore, vice president and general manager of Naked Juice, which is owned by PepsiCo, NBC News reported.
"We have made an effort to make sure that consumers are clear that we don't add any sugars and they all come from natural fruits and vegetables," Theodore said.
Swedish Woman Had Baby With Mother's Womb
A Swedish woman who was the first in the world to have a baby born from the same womb as her mother wants to share her story to give hope to other women who could benefit from a uterus transplant.
Emelie Eriksson, 30, was born without a womb and received a uterus transplant from her mother. After in-vitro fertilization, she had a son nearly two years ago.
"It's like science fiction," Eriksson told the Associated Press. "This is something that you read in history books and now in the future when you read about this, it's about me."
"I hope this will be a reality for everyone that needs it," said Eriksson, who lives just north of Stockholm.
Her transplant was performed by Swedish doctor Mats Brannstrom, the only person in the world to deliver babies from women with donated wombs. He has delivered five such babies so far, the AP reported.
Brannstrom believes uterus transplants will eventually become common and is working with other doctors, including at Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic, to perfect the operation.
Two of Brannstrom's former colleagues participated in four womb transplants at Baylor University in Texas. One of the transplants succeeded, but the patient is not yet prepared to attempt a pregnancy, the AP reported.
Lil' Luxuries Infant Bathtubs Recalled
About 86,000 Lil' Luxuries infant bathtubs with fabric slings are being recalled because the sling can detach from the tub and pose an injury and drowning risk, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says.
The agency has received 91 reports of the sling detaching, including 11 reports of infants who suffered a bump to the head.
The tubs were distributed by Rhode Island-based Summer Infant, Inc. and sold at stores across the U.S. from October 2012 through October 2013 for about $60. The tubs continue to be available on the secondhand market, the CPSC said.
Consumers should stop using the fabric sling in the tub and contact Summer Infant for a replacement sling with a white plastic attachment clip. Contact the company toll-free at 844-612-4254 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Friday, or go to its website.