- Men Unaffected by Images of Male Models: Study
- Contaminated Heparin Seized From Cincinnati Company
- N. Dakota Warns About Lead in Wild Game Meat
- Pfizer Halts Testing on Anti-Obesity Drug
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:
Men Unaffected by Images of Male Models: Study
While ads featuring female models can have a negative effect on how women view themselves, the same isn't true for men who see images of male models, according to new research.
Researchers had male volunteers view male magazine layouts that featured either objectified women, male fashion, or technology and film trivia, United Press International reported.
"Men who viewed the layouts of objectified females reported more body self-consciousness than the other two groups," said Jennifer Aubrey of the University of Missouri. "More surprising was that the male fashion group reported the least amount of body self-consciousness among the three groups."
Among men, the cultural expectation is not that they have to be as attractive as their peers, but need to be attractive enough to be sexually appealing to women, Aubrey concluded, UPI reported.
The research is scheduled to be published in the journal Human Communication Research.
Contaminated Heparin Seized From Cincinnati Company
Eleven contaminated lots of the blood-thinning drug heparin were seizedfrom Celsus Laboratories Inc. in Cincinnati, the U.S. Food and DrugAdministration said Thursday.
The five lots of Heparin Sodium Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)and six lots of Heparin Lithium, which were manufactured from materialimported from China, were contaminated with over-sulfated chondroitinsulfate (OSCS), a substance that mimics heparin's anticoagulant activity.
Heparin Sodium USP may be incorporated into finished drug products while Heparin Lithium is used in certain medical devices, including vacutainer blood collection tubes, some in-vitro diagnostic assays, and as a coating for capillary tubes. Celsus has distributed Heparin Sodium USP and Heparin Lithium to manufacturers in the United States and other countries, the FDA said.
The agency has notified Australian, Canadian, European Union, Japanese and other international authorities about shipments of contaminated heparin from Celsus.
Earlier this year, the FDA received reports of multiple illnesses anddeaths linked to OSCS contamination in injectable drug products containingheparin. In response, the agency said, it improved inspection and import controls programs and has initiated 13 recalls of contaminated medical products containing heparin from several companies.
N. Dakota Warns About Lead in Wild Game Meat
Pregnant women and children younger than 6 years old shouldn't eat meat from wild game killed with lead bullets, North Dakota health officialswarned after the release Wednesday of a study that looked at lead levels inthe blood of more than 700 state residents.
The study, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention and the state health department, found that people who ate wildgame killed with lead bullets appeared to have higher lead levels than thosewho ate little or no such meat, the Associated Press reported.
The study is the first to link traces of lead in wild game meat withhigher levels of lead in the blood of people who eat the meat. Dr. StephenPickard, a CDC epidemiologist, said the study found "the more recent theconsumption of wild game harvested with lead bullets, the higher the levelof lead in the blood."
While the elevated lead levels associated with wild game meat weren't considered dangerous, North Dakota officials decided to issue the cautionbecause unborn babies and young children are considered most at risk fromlead poisoning, which can cause learning problems, convulsions and, insevere cases, brain damage and death.
Pfizer Halts Testing on Anti-Obesity Drug
Testing on a new anti-obesity drug has been halted by Pfizer Inc. because gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval would be too slow, expensive and risky, Bloomberg news reported.