Health Buzz: McDonald's Yanks Millions of 'Shrek' Glasses

How to choose a safe birth control method; questions that could lead to a fibromyalgia diagnosis.


McDonald's Yanks Millions of "Shrek" Glasses

McDonald's is recalling 12 million glasses sold to promote the movie "Shrek Forever After," following a warning by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that they contain cadmium, a toxic metal. McDonald's says the recall comes "in light of the CPSC's evolving assessment of standards for cadmium in consumer products," although the burger giant adds that the glasses met federal safety standards during laboratory testing, the Wall Street Journal reports. A CSPC spokesman says the amount of cadmium in the glasses is "far below" the amount that spurred a recent recall of children's jewelry.

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  • How to Choose a Safe Birth Control Method: 11 Factors to Consider

    Birth control may soon become much more affordable if federal regulators decide to include it on the list of preventive health services that insurance plans will be required to provide under health reform beginning on September 23. This may not come a moment too soon, given that an increasing number of teenage girls say they rely solely on the rhythm method—abstaining from sex on days when they're likely to be fertile—to avoid getting pregnant; about 17 percent of teen girls with some sexual experience reported in a new government survey that they use this method, up from 11 percent of teens who responded to a similar survey in 2002, U.S. News's Deborah Kotz reports.

    The majority of employer-based health insurance plans already provide some contraceptive coverage, but reproductive rights groups like Planned Parenthood would like to see every plan offering comprehensive coverage for all forms of contraception, from birth control pills to surgical sterilization to intrauterine devices. The group recently launched a website to get women to share how the pill has transformed their lives. On the opposing side, the American Life League and other anti-abortion organizations are planning a "Protest the Pill Day" this Saturday to call attention to what they call the pill's "potential for fatal effects on pre-born children."

    While this political football gets thrown back and forth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week issued some new safety advice on the use of hormonal contraception for women with specific health conditions, ranging from heart problems to fibroids to rheumatoid arthritis. [Read more: How to Choose a Safe Birth Control Method: 11 Factors to Consider.]

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    • Have Unexplained Pain? These Questions Could Lead to a Fibromyalgia Diagnosis

      From back pain, headache and knee pain, to jaw and neck pain, chronic pain disrupts people's lives, resulting in doctor's visits and missed work or school days. One common cause of chronic pain is fibromyalgia, a condition that affects an estimated 5 million Americans. It causes widespread pain and fatigue and is often tied to other health problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome and depression. But the condition is controversial, partly because of the way it's been diagnosed until now—using a tender point exam, in which a doctor applies pressure to 18 points on the body and diagnoses fibromyalgia if the patient reports pain in at least 11 of those points, U.S. News's January Payne writes.

      A new method offers an easier way to diagnose fibromyalgia, using questions that put more emphasis on cognitive problems and other symptoms common in those with the condition. It doesn't require doctors to perform a physical or administer a tender point exam. [Read more: Have Unexplained Pain? These Questions Could Lead to a Fibromyalgia Diagnosis.]

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