- Energy Drink Makers Under Investigation
- Medicaid Dental Coverage Cut in Many States
- Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Mangoes Sickens 73 People
- Legionnaire's Disease Kills 2 Guests at Chicago Hotel
- FTC Hits 'Your Baby Can Read' With False Ad Charges
- High Levels of Toxins Found in Kids' School Supplies
- More Than 1,700 Yosemite Visitors May Have Been Exposed to Rodent-Borne Virus
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Energy Drink Makers Under Investigation
Three large makers of energy drinks have been subpoenaed as part of the New York attorney general's investigation into the marketing of the drinks.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is trying to determine whether the companies -- Monster Beverage, PepsiCo and Living Essentials -- are deceiving consumers about how much caffeine is in their drinks and the health risks the drinks could pose, The New York Times reported.
The investigation is also trying to determine whether the companies violated federal law in promoting the beverages as dietary supplements rather than as foods, which are subject to tighter regulation.
Other concerns cited by state officials include whether all of the ingredients used in the drinks are properly disclosed, and whether certain additives such as black tea extract and guarana may contain additional caffeine that is not reflected on the drinks' labels, The Times reported.
The drinks that are the focus of the investigation include Monster's beverage, AMP from PepsiCo, and 5-hour Energy drink from Living Essentials.
All three companies declined to comment on the investigation. In a statement, the American Beverage Association said that ingredients and labeling for energy drinks were regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and that caffeine levels from additives were fully disclosed, The Times reported.
Medicaid Dental Coverage Cut in Many States
Many states have eliminated dental coverage for adults on Medicaid in recent years in an effort to save money.
In about half the states, Medicaid coverage for dental care is limited to pain relief and emergencies, according to a recent report by a national health research group. Other states still cover preventive dental exams and cleanings but not restorative services such as fillings and root canals, The New York Times reported.
States are making cuts to dental coverage and other optional benefits such as vision and drug coverage because they have been banned from tightening Medicaid eligibility in recent years and are trying to find ways to save money.
The dental care situation for poor adults on Medicaid isn't likely to improve under the new health care law, which requires dental coverage for children only, The Times reported.
Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Mangoes Sickens 73 People
A salmonella outbreak that's associated with mangoes and has sickened 73 people is being investigated by California health officials.
They say they're still trying to determine what led to the outbreak and to identify which specific mango brands or sources might be responsible, CBS News/Associated Press reported.
Illnesses resulting from the same strain of salmonella have recently been reported by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
California health officials are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Canadian officials to identify the source of the outbreak, CBS/AP reported.
Salmonella is a common cause of food poisoning. Most people recover without treatment but salmonella infection can have serious consequences for infants, older people and those with chronic diseases.
Legionnaire's Disease Kills 2 Guests at Chicago Hotel
Two people who stayed at the J.W. Marriott hotel in downtown Chicago have died from Legionnaire's disease, CBS News reported.
There have been five new cases of the disease in addition to three reported cases last week, but health officials are hopeful that the worst of the outbreak is over, the network said.