Health Highlights: March 14, 2012

HealthDay + More

Patients who received the medically prescribed heroin also lived longer than those who received methadone.

The study predicted an average lifetime societal cost of $1.09 million for addicts who received medically prescribed heroin and $1.14 million for those who received methadone, the Post reported. The costs include treatment expenses and costs to the justice system.

The findings were published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.


Treatment Halts World's Tallest Man's Growth

Treatment to stop the world's tallest man from growing has been successful, according to University of Virginia doctors.

The Daily Progress newspaper said 8-foot-3 Sultan Kosen of Turkey had a tumor in his pituitary gland that was causing excess growth hormone and gigantism, USA Today reported.

It was feared that continued growth would put the 29-year-old at even greater risk for joint and organ problems. Doctors began radiation treatment on the tumor in 2010 and it was confirmed three months ago that Kosen had stopped growing.

The treatment involved the use of gamma knife radiosurgery, which delivers a focused beam of radiation to the tumor. But The Daily Progress said before the procedure could be performed, special medical equipment to fit Kosen's enormous skull had to be flown in from Sweden, USA Today reported.


Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.