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August 25th, 2010
05:31 PM ET

2-year-old is youngest to get artificial lung

A child at St. Louis Children's Hospital has become the youngest in the world to have used Novalung, a device that mimics the function of a lung. This artificial lung machine had never before been used in a child, or in any patient in the United States, the hospital said.

"It really shows that it can be successful, and it really opens the door, I think, lots of other sick children that might have other kinds of lung disease where this device may be utilized," said Dr. Mark Grady, pediatric cardiologist taking care of the child, 2-year-old Owen Stark.

Owen has a disease called pulmonary arterial hypertension, a disease of the lungs where the vessels become so constricted blood can't get through the lung, Grady said. When that happens, the blood backs up, and the heart suffers, he said. The child came to the hospital after having collapsed at home and going into shock.

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August 25th, 2010
01:32 PM ET

Wednesday's new details on the egg recall

Here is the latest update from CNN regarding the egg recall. More clues are surfacing about the genesis of the current salmonella outbreak.

  • Public health officials in California report that it may have identified its earliest cases,  which could have tipped off the rest of the country about the tainted eggs. More than 30 students attending a prom and graduation party on May 28 and 29 in Santa Clara County became sick and some of them were hospitalized, according to the state's health department.  What ended the high school party?  Health officials believe it was a delicate custard-filled pastry called profiteroles.  Read more about the latest. The health officials also found cases linked to a Korean restaurant in San Diego County and food served on a movie set in Los Angeles, California and a Mexican restaurant in Bemidji, Minnesota. FULL POST

August 25th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Hospital tweets updates on double hand transplant

Surgeons at a Louisville, Kentucky, hospital performed a double hand transplant Wednesday, the third such procedure to take place in the United States.  The hospital is providing updates from the surgery on Twitter.

The surgery began around 7 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday at The Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center. A doctor who is not taking part in the operation is micro-blogging on Twitter.

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