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Health Highlights: May 3, 2011

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

Blood Thinner Drug Recalled

One lot of the blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin) is being recalled after the discovery of a tablet that was more potent than normal, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. said Monday.

The recall covers 5-milligram Coumadin tablets with an expiry date of Sept. 30, 2012, production lot number 9H49374A, the Associated Press reported.

Consumers who use 5-milligram Coumadin tablets should not stop taking them, but should ask their pharmacist if their prescription was filled with the recalled tablets, the company said.

Patients who take an excessive dose of Coumadin could be at increased risk for bleeding, the AP reported.


Salmonella Triggers Recall of Grape Tomatoes

Grape tomatoes used in salads distributed by a California company may be contaminated with salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

The prepackaged salads from Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. were shipped to Albertson's, Raley's, Safeway, Sam's Club and Walmart stores in California, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, Utah and Montana, United Press International reported.

The grape tomatoes came from a California grower called Six L's, the FDA said.

The salads have "use by" dates of late April and early May. No illnesses have been reported. Consumers can get more information at the FDA or U.S. Department of Agriculture websites, UPI reported.


Trauma-Related Disease Found in Ex-Football Player's Brain

Evidence of a head injury-induced disease was found in the brain of retired football star Dave Duerson, who committed suicide earlier this year.

The 50-year-old former Chicago Bear had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which has recently been found in about two dozen deceased former NFL players, The New York Times reported.

In the months before his death, Duerson complained of headaches, blurred vision and a deteriorating memory. In his final note to his family, he told them to donate his brain for research into football-related brain trauma. He shot himself in the chest on Feb. 17.

An examination of Duerson's brain revealed indisputable evidence of CTE and no evidence of any other disorder, Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist at Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, told The Times.


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.


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.

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Posted: May 2011