Health Highlights: Jan. 17, 2017

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

Mold Found in Baby Teething Toy

Several parents have reported finding mold inside a popular teething toy called Sophie the Giraffe.

The mold could pose long-term health risks to infants, Dr. Sujartha Ramamurthy, of Doctors2You in Fort Myers, Fla., told NBC News.

“This is huge wake-up call for parents,” said Ramamurthy, who explained that moisture from a baby’s drool can remain in the toy and cause mold to grow. Exposure to the mold could lead to future health complications.

“It could develop later on into asthma or upper respiratory issues,” Ramamurthy told NBC News.

Washing the teething toy could also trigger mold growth. The toy’s maker said consumers should avoid getting water into the product. Rather than submerging it, clean the surface with a damp cloth.

Parents with concerns about their child’s teethers should throw them away, Ramamurthy told NBC News.


Last Person to Walk on Moon Dies

Eugene Cernan, the last person to walk on the moon, died Monday at age 82.

His death in Houston was announced by NASA, The New York Times reported.

Cernan commanded the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission in 1972 and was the last of 12 Americans to set foot on the moon in six Apollo landings.

The Chicago-born Navy captain went into space three times and to the moon twice, The Times reported.

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