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Health Highlights: Aug. 28, 2019


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

Vaccine-Related Searches on Pinterest Will Show Only Public Health Organizations

From now on, if you do vaccine-related searches on Pinterest, you'll only get results from public health organizations.

"We're taking this approach because we believe that showing vaccine misinformation alongside resources from public health experts isn't responsible," Ifeoma Ozoma, the social media company's public policy and social impact manager said in a statement released Wednesday, CNN reported.

"As we continue to tackle health misinformation, we remove it and the accounts that spread it from our service," Ozoma added.

Pinterest will only show results from institutions such as the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization-established Vaccine Safety Net, CNN reported.

The results for such searches won't include recommendations or comments on Pins and won't show ads.

Last year, Pinterest stopped showing vaccine-related search results in order to halt the spread of harmful misinformation, CNN reported.

The new vaccine-related search response is available now in English on its website and its mobile apps, according to the company.

Social media changes could "help us turn the tide" on vaccine misinformation, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told CNN this week.

She and her colleagues were surprised by the influence social media had on vaccines, she added.

"I do think it caught us all a little flat-footed -- how quickly the myths and misinformation spread," Messonnier told CNN.

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Millions of Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles Recalled

About 5.7 million Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles have been recalled in the United States because the clear silicone spout can detach and pose a choking hazard to children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says.

About 157,000 of the bottles were sold in Canada and about 28,000 sold in Mexico.

Contigo has received 149 reports of the spout detaching, including 18 spouts found in children's mouths, according to the CPSC.

The water bottles were sold at Costco, Walmart, Target and other stores across the U.S. and online on various websites from April 2018 through June 2019 for between $9 and $24.

The base and cover of the clear spout on the recalled bottles are black. The bottles come in three sizes (13 ounce, 14 ounce and 20 ounce) and in solid colors, graphics, stainless steel and stainless steel solid colors. The bottles were sold individually and in two- and three-packs.

Consumers should stop using the recalled water bottles and take them away from children, the CPSC said. Contact Contigo (1-888-262-0622) for a free replacement lid.

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