Health Highlights: June 28, 2010

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Sen. Byrd Dies at Age 92

Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, 92, the longest-serving senator in U.S. history, died early Monday.

Byrd had been admitted to Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va., late last week. It was initially believed that he was suffering from heat exhaustion and severe dehydration, but he developed other health problems. He had been in frail health for several years, the Associated Press reported.

Byrd, who held his seat for more than 50 years, was Senate majority leader for six years.

Byrd was born Nov. 20, 1917 in North Wilkesboro, N.C. His death comes less than a year after the death of fellow leading Democratic senator Edward M. Kennedy.


Excess Weight Increases Risk of Miscarriage After IVF: Study

Normal-weight women are much less likely to have a miscarriage after in-vitro fertilization (IVF) compared to overweight and obese women, a British study says.

Researchers followed 318 women who became pregnant after IVF and found that 22% of normal-weight women had a miscarriage, compared with 33% of those who were overweight or obese, the Associated Press reported.

The study was presented Monday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

"Our aim was not to exclude women from getting (IVF) treatment, but to help women get the best outcome after they have IVF," said study leader Dr. Vivian Rittenberg, a clinical fellow in the Assisted Conception Unit at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital in London, the AP reported.

Before undergoing artificial reproduction techniques, overweight and obese women should seek help in losing weight, she suggested.


Hot Cars Can Be Deadly for Children, Experts Warn

A number of recent deaths of infants and toddlers inside hot vehicles have triggered safety warnings from safety groups and the U.S. government.

Since June 13, eight children have died of hyperthermia and the death toll since the start of the year is 18, researcher Jan Null, an adjunct professor of meteorology at San Francisco State University, told the Associated Press.

A number of the recent deaths involved children who went inside an unlocked vehicle on a hot day and couldn't get out of the car.

Parents should never leave children in an unattended vehicle or allow children to play in cars and trucks, say government and safety experts.

"These really are good parents who love these kids who make a mistake that turns out to be fatal," David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told the AP.

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