Health Highlights: May 2, 2011

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

Outpouring of Emotion on News of bin Laden's Death

Relief, joy and satisfaction were among the many emotions that swept over Americans Sunday night after they learned that Osama bin Laden was killed by American special forces.

People gathered at the site of the World Trade Center, in front of the White House and at other places across the country to celebrate the death of the Al Qaeda chief during the raid at a luxury mansion in Pakistan.

"We've been waiting a long time for this day," New Yorker Lisa Ramaci, told the Associated Press. Her husband was a freelance journalist who died in Iraq.

"I think it's a relief for New York tonight just in the sense that we had this 10 years of frustration just building and building, wanting this guy dead, and now he is, and you can see how happy people are," Ramaci said.

For people who lost loved ones on 9/11, sadness mixed with the welcome news of bin Laden's death.

"I texted a friend of mine who's a firefighter who lost a brother on 9/11, and he said the pain will never go away," Stephanie Zessos, who works for the New York City fire department, told the AP.

This is "important news for us, and for the world," said Gordon Felt, president of an organization for families of people who died when United Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11.

In a statement, Felt said bin Laden's death "cannot ease our pain, or bring back our loved ones," but does provide "a measure of comfort," the AP reported.

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Cancer Removed from Jerry Brown's Nose

A cancerous growth was removed from the nose of California Governor Jerry Brown, who was working from home a day after the outpatient procedure, doctors said on Saturday.

The procedure was conducted after tests found basal cell carcinoma on the right side of Brown's nose. Doctors said all of the cancer cells were removed but the governor required some reconstructive surgery after the procedure, Agence France-Presse reported.

Brown, 73, has cancelled public appearances until the stitches are removed.

When he took office in January, Brown became the oldest governor of California. He was the youngest governor when he began his first held the office in 1975 to 1983.

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Fat Returns After Liposuction: Study

Fat returns after liposuction, but does so in other areas of the body, according to researchers.

The University of Colorado study included nonobese women with fatty thighs and chubby lower abdomens who underwent liposuction. Within a year, the fat returned but in different locations, such as the upper abdomen, shoulders and triceps, The New York Times reported.

The study was published in the journal Obesity.

The results are surprising, said Dr. Felmont Eaves III, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He told The Times he plans to mention the study findings to his patients when providing them with information about liposuction.

Posted: May 2011


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