October 26th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
From cholera sickening thousands in Haiti to American college students buzzing from a concoction of caffeine and alcohol, here are the some of the biggest health news unfolding this week.
Cholera outbreak in Haiti and Nigeria
Officials are trying to contain a cholera outbreak that already has killed 259 people and sickened 3,000 as the disease spreads through the earthquake-ravaged nation where tens of thousands of people are still living in tent cities. And the disease is also spreading in Nigeria. Cholera can be deadly within hours.
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Buzz over energy drink
A caffeinated malt liquor also known as "blackout in a can” has been banned on a Washington college campus after sickening nine students. Last week, a New Jersey college had banned the drink, Four Loko after a spate of hospitalizations. They taste like liquefied candy or just windshield wiper fluid– depending on whom you ask. Some politicians are calling for more regulation of the energy drinks.
Diet drugs rejected
The FDA rejected weight-loss drug, lorcaserin. Earlier this year, a committee for the agency did not recommend another weight-loss drug, Qnexa for approval over concerns of side effects that included heart rate, suicidal thoughts, and possible birth defects. The FDA’s decisions may not bode well for other potential drugs as a growing number of Americans become overweight or obese, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Polio inches toward eradication
A new type of polio vaccine could wipe the crippling disease off the earth, scientist hope. A study published in the Lancet detailed clinical trials in India that vaccinated children against two types of the polio virus. The new vaccine has helped reduce the number of cases by more than 90 percent, reported the BBC.
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