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Health Highlights: Sept. 18, 2012

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

Mother-to-Daughter Uterus Transplants a World-First

The world's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants were conducted last weekend by Swedish surgeons.

The transplants on the two women -- meant to help them have babies -- involved more than 10 surgeons and were completed without any complications, Agence France-Presse reported.

"One of the women had previously had her own uterus removed after undergoing treatment for cervical cancer. The other woman was born without a uterus. Both women are in their 30s," according to a statement from Gothenburg University and Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

The two women will have to wait one year before undergoing in vitro fertilization with their own frozen embryos, AFP reported.

The first successful uterine transplant was conducted in Turkey in 2011.

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Young Immigrants Denied Health Coverage: Report

There's outrage over a White House decision that young illegal immigrants who are allowed to stay in the United States as part of a new federal policy will not be eligible for health insurance coverage under the new health care law.

Many advocates for Hispanic Americans and immigrants are furious about last month's decision, which affects young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, attended school here and meet other requirements that will allow them to remain in the country without fear of deportation, The New York Times reported.

Critics say the health care restrictions contradict President Barack Obama's recent words of admiration for young immigrants. Administration officials refused to explain why beneficiaries of the new immigration policy were ineligible for coverage under the new health law, the Times said.

"We do not understand why the administration decided to do this. It's providing immigration relief to children and young adults so they can be fully integrated into society. At the same time, it's shutting them out of the health care system so they cannot become productive members of society," said Jennifer M. Ng'andu, a health policy specialist at the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic-rights group, the Times reported.

Posted: September 2012


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