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Breast implants save a man’s life; Newborn syphilis cases at dire levels; Walmart’s sensory friendly hours - Morning Medical Update


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Breast implants save a man’s life

Davey Baur, 34, owes his life to the pair of DD breast implants that kept his heart in place during his double lung transplant. After his infected lungs were removed, his heart was at risk for moving inside his chest cavity, so doctors molded a pair of breast implants around his heart to prevent movement until they could implant the donor lungs 2 days later. Baur is currently at home recovering. He told doctors that his new nickname is “DD Davey.”

Newborn syphilis cases at dire levels

Newborn syphilis cases have risen over tenfold in the past decade and almost 32% in a single year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 3,700 cases were reported to the CDC last year. In 2012, 335 cases were reported. “We are recommending that screening really increase for syphilis outside of traditional prenatal care,” Dr. Robert McDonald, the report’s lead author and a medical officer in the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention said in an interview.

Walmart’s sensory friendly hours

To soothe shoppers with sensory issues, Walmart will dim the lights and turn off the radio every day from 8am to 10am starting this Friday. Walmart previously only offered sensory friendly hours on Saturday mornings over the summer. Some museums and other children-oriented institutions have had special hours for the past decade. Walmart’s hours seem to be the largest shopping program so far for those with sensory disabilities.

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