Health Highlights: April 14, 2015

Health Highlights: April 14, 2015

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

FDA Issues Warning About Tri-Methyl Extreme Dietary Supplement

Consumers should stop using a muscle growth product called Tri-Methyl Extreme dietary supplement because it may cause liver damage, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

The product, distributed by Extreme Products Group and sold on the Internet and in some retail stores and gyms, claims to contain anabolic steroids.

The FDA launched an investigation into the product after receiving complaints from three people, one each in California, New Jersey and Utah. No reports of deaths from the use of the product have been received by the FDA.

“Products marketed as supplements that contain anabolic steroids pose a real danger to consumers,” Dr. Charles Lee, a senior medical advisor in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s Office of Compliance, said in an agency news release.

“Anabolic steroids may have a range of serious adverse effects on many organ systems, and the damage may be irreversible,” he explained.

People who think they are having health problems associated with Tri-Methyl Xtreme or other body building products should seek medical help, especially if they have unexplained fatigue, abdominal or back pain, discolored urine or other changes in their health, the FDA said.


200 Struck by Stomach Illness on 2 Separate Cruise Ships

More than 200 people aboard two different cruise ships headed to San Diego have fallen ill with a gastrointestinal illness, U.S. health officials said Monday evening.

According to the Associated Press, 112 passengers and crew members on the Celebrity Infinity were struck with norovirus on the ship’s latest voyage, which took passengers from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego via the Panama Canal.

That ship arrived in San Diego Monday and is being sanitized, the AP reported.

Meanwhile, 116 passengers and crew have become experiencing vomiting and diarrhea from an unknown illness while aboard a second cruise ship, the Royal Caribbean Legend. That vessel is set to arrive in San Diego Tuesday, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the AP.

Norovirus can be transmitted from contaminated food or water or an infected person, CDC officials told the wire service.