Textured breast implants made by Allergan that have been linked to an unusual cancer are being recalled in the United States at the request of the Food and Drug Administration, and will also be recalled globally, the agency announced on Wednesday (July 24).
The FDA decision, based on an increasing number of cases and deaths from the implant-associated cancer, lags far behind action in Europe, where the Allergan devices were effectively banned late last year.
The disease is anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare cancer of the immune system. It is not breast cancer, but develops in tissue around the implant. In most cases, removing the implant and the scar tissue around it cures the cancer, but if it is not detected early it can spread and kill the patient.
Friday, 26 July 2019
Drinking two or more cups of coffee per day while pregnant may damage the baby's liver, research suggests.
Too much caffeine may slow down the development of the organ and boost a child's risk of developing fatty liver disease or diabetes in adulthood.
A study on rats found 120mg of caffeine per day was enough to reduce levels of a hormone vital to the liver's growth.
And the same effect may apply to humans, the scientists suggest, when women have drinks with caffeine in them while they are pregnant.
A single apple may contain as many as 100million bacteria, scientists say.
The crunchy fruits are a popular staple and have health benefits which can keep you out of the doctor's office – or so the saying goes.
And the reason for their healthiness may lie in the diversity of bacteria they bring into the gut.
Bacteria in the stomach and intestines, known as the microbiome, vary between people and have been closely linked to overall health and various illnesses.
Millions of people should STOP taking aspirin for heart health because it does more them harm than good
Millions of older adults are taking aspirin every day despite warnings the pills may do more harm than good, research suggests.
A daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for US adults who have already had a heart attack or stroke and for those with heart disease.
But for the otherwise healthy, the advice to take the blood-thinner every day was overturned by health officials earlier this year because of an increased risk of bleeding. Bleeding is a common side effect of aspirin.