Health Highlights: May 8, 2017

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

EPA Scientific Review Board Members Dismissed by Trump Administration

At least five members of a major scientific review board have been dismissed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The move affecting the Board of Scientific Counselors comes about six weeks after the Republican-controlled House passed a bill meant to change the composition of another EPA scientific review board to include more representatives from businesses, The New York Times reported.

Critics say the Trump Administration wants to reduce the EPA's regulatory authority by reducing the role of academic research and boosting corporate influence.

"This is completely part of a multifaceted effort to get science out of the way of a deregulation agenda," Ken Kimmell, the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, told The Times.

"What seems to be premature removals of members of this Board of Science Counselors when the board has come out in favor of the EPA strengthening its climate science, plus the severe cuts to research and development -- you have to see all these things as interconnected," Kimmell said.

"Most of us on the council are academic people," Ponisseril Somasundaran, a chemist at Columbia University who specializes in hazardous waste management, told The Times. "I think they want to bring in business and industry people."

The dismissals came as a surprise, said Courtney Flint, a professor of natural resource sociology at Utah State University who has served on the board since 2014.

"I believe this is political," she told The Times. "It's unexpected. It's a red flag," added Flint, whose focus is on how communities respond to major environmental disruptions such as exposure to toxic pollution, forest fires and climate change.


Controversial TV Series '13 Reasons Why' Gets 2nd Season

The series "13 Reasons Why" has been renewed for a second season, Netflix announced Sunday.

The second season of the series, which focuses on the suicide of a high school girl, will debut on the streaming service next year and will also be 13 episodes long, the Associated Press reported.

The series is controversial -- in response to criticism that it glorifies suicide, Netflix added an additional warning to the show.

The series is based on Jay Asher's young adult best-seller, the AP reported.


Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes, Waffles and French Toast Recalled

Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles and French toast slices have been recalled due to possible listeria contamination, Pinnacle Foods Inc. says.

The recall also includes Aunt Jemima French Toast and Sausage and Hungry Man Selects Chicken and Waffles.

The recalled products are being removed from store shelves. Consumers with the products should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, call Pinnacle Foods at 1-888-299-7646.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. It can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

To date, no illnesses linked with the recalled products have been reported, according to Pinnacle Foods.


Country Music Legend Loretta Lynn Suffers Stroke

Country music icon Loretta Lynn suffered a stroke last week and has postponed her upcoming shows, a post on her official website says.

The 85-year-old singer-songwriter suffered the stroke Thursday evening at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., the Los Angeles Times reported.

Lynn is expected to make a full recovery, according to the post.

Earlier this year, Lynn announced she'll release a new studio album in August.

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