Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Number of Veterans Waiting for VA Appointments Grows
More than 10 percent of veterans are waiting at least 30 days
for an appointment at Veterans Affairs health centers, which is
more than double what was initially reported, new VA data
The new figure is unfortunate but likely indicates that more
reliable data is being reported by VA schedulers, according to
Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson,
The VA has contacted about 70,000 veterans in an effort to get
them quicker care, Gibson said. The newly-released data shows that
200,000 more veterans are waiting for an appointment than in the
initial audit released two weeks ago. This shows that veterans who
previously were unable to get care are now entering the system.
The audit released earlier in June said that as of May 15, there
were 57,436 veterans who had waited 90 days to see a doctor and
still did not have an appointment, and that in the past 10 years,
nearly 64,000 veterans who sought VA care were never seen by a
As of June 1, that number had been cut to 46,000, according to
the new data.
Ebola in West Africa 'Out of Control,' Doctors Without Borders
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is "totally out of control,"
and more assistance from international organizations and
governments is needed, according to a senior official with the aid
group Doctors Without Borders.
The organization is stretched to the limit in its efforts to
respond to the outbreak, Bart Janssens, the director of operations
for Doctors Without Borders, told the
Since it began either late last year or early this year, the
outbreak has been linked to more than 330 deaths in Guinea, Sierra
Leone and Liberia, according to the World Health Organization.
"The reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second
wave," Janssens told the
AP. "And, for me, it is totally out of control."
He said international groups and governments involved in the
outbreak need to provide more health experts and boost public
education messages about how to halt the spread of the deadly
Velveeta Recalled From Walmart Stores
Velveeta cheese products are being recalled from Walmart stores
in as many as a dozen states because they don't have an adequate
amount of preservatives, Kraft Foods Group Inc. says.
The company said insufficient levels of sorbic acid in the 260
recalled cases of Velveeta original pasteurized recipe cheese
product could cause it to spoil prematurely or trigger food-borne
illnesses in people who eat it, the
The recalled cases were shipped to three Walmart distribution
centers in as many as 12 states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,
Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South
Dakota and Wisconsin.
The recalled packages have the code 021000611614, a date stamp
that reads "17 DEC 2014" and a timeframe of between 10:54 and
Renowned Autism Researcher Dies
A British psychiatrist who played a major role in improving
understanding of autism died earlier this month.
Dr. Lorna Wing is widely credited with identifying autism as a
disorder with a wide range of related problems, rather than a
The New York Timesreported.
She also gave the mildest form of autism -- Asperger's syndrome
-- it's name after she rediscovered the work of Hans Asperger, the
Austrian psychiatrist who first described this type of autism in
Wing died June 6 in Kent, England from complications of
Alzheimer's disease. She was 85. Her death was announced by the
National Autistic Society, which Wing helped found in Britain in
New Tests For Football Helmets Could Help Reduce Concussions
New testing standards for football helmets are expected to be
announced Friday by the organization that sets safety standards for
It's part of a growing effort to reduce concussions in football
and other contact sports, the
Currently, football helmets are tested for how they protect
against direct blows that can cause the brain to bump back and
forth inside the skull. The new standard would test helmets for the
level of protection they provide against impacts that make a
player's head suddenly spin and cause the brain to stretch and
"We're plowing new ground here," Mike Oliver, executive director
of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic
Equipment, told the
The committee hopes the new standard, which will apply only to
new helmets, will lead to safer helmet designs.