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Health Highlights: Jan. 16, 2018

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

Doctor Will Brief Reporters on Trump's First Physical Exam

In a press briefing Tuesday, presidential physician Dr. Ronny Jackson is expected to provide more information about Donald Trump's first physical exam.

Soon after the check-up as completed on Friday, Jackson said Trump, 71, is "in excellent health," ABC News reported.

The doctor said some details of the exam's findings will be offered when he takes reporters questions directly at Tuesday's daily briefing.

Doing so "is not unprecedented. It is also not considered routine," according to former ABC News correspondent Ann Compton, who covered the White House from President Gerald Ford through President Barack Obama.

After the press briefing, a "written readout similar to those past" will be released, said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.


Alert Issued Over Measles Patient at O'Hare Airport

A measles alert was issued Monday for people who were at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Jan. 10.

Sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day, "a passenger on an international flight with a confirmed case of measles arrived in Terminal 5" and later "departed on a domestic flight from Terminal 1," according to an Illinois Department of Public Health statement, ABC News reported.

The passenger "was infectious that day" and "may have traveled to other parts of the airport," the statement said.

The agency said people who may have been infected by the passenger may not develop measles symptoms until as late as Jan. 31. Details about which flights or airlines the measles-infected passenger may have been on were not released, ABC News reported.

"Those who were considered most at risk are being contacted directly by health officials," a state public health spokesperson told ABC News.

Other people concerned about possible measles infection should "call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department," the agency advised.


Model Has 2nd Leg Amputated Due to Toxic Shock Syndrome

A model who lost her right leg to tampon-linked toxic shock syndrome more than five years ago had her left leg amputated last week due to the same infection.

The toxic shock syndrome experienced by Lauren Wasser, 29, is caused by toxins released by bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (staph) or Streptococcus pyogenes (strep), Fox News reported.

When she was hospitalized for the infection in 2012, doctors recommended both legs be removed, but Wasser refused. Along with her right leg, she lost the heel and toes of her left leg, but wanted try to save that leg.

However, leg pain caused by the infection became excruciating.

Wasser expects a long, painful recovery, but remains hopeful for the future, Fox News reported.

On Sunday, she posted a post-surgery photo with Paralympic snowboarder and double amputee Amy Purdy.

Since she developed the infection, Wasser has dedicated herself to increasing awareness about toxic shock syndrome.

While toxic shock syndrome has mainly been linked to menstruating women who use super-absorbent tampons, it can affect people of all ages, including men, children and postmenopausal women, Fox News reported.


No More Photo Touchups in Beauty Product Ads: CVS

Photos in advertising for its beauty products will no longer have significant touchups, CVS says.

The pharmacy giant said Monday that it will not "materially" alter photos produced by the company and used in stores or on websites or social media, the Associated Press reported.

If suppliers use altered photos in their marketing materials, they will be labeled.

The policy change was made because CVS has a responsibility to think about presenting unrealistic body images to girls and young women, according to the company.

CVS said the goal is to have the beauty sections of all its stores comply with the new policy by the end of 2020, the AP reported.

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Posted: January 2018

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