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Morning Rounds: Swine Flu, Liver In The Limelight, Hold The Ice Cream

Good Morning.

Swine flu is still making headlines today as officials say a vaccine could become available as early as October. As NPR's Dick Knox points out, there's still so many questions in search of answers, such as who should receive the vaccine and how much to give.

The Washington Post tells the story of travelers' time in quarantine in China. Patient Miguel Gomez says everyone's faces were covered in masks and he had a choice of Chinese food (chicken and rice) or American food (chicken and rice prepared another way) slipped under the door.

Liver Gets Some Love

We thought the kidney was the organ getting all the attention these days, what with the donation theme song and all, but apparently it's liver's turn to get a little love.

Last night, an FDA advisory group issued a report calling for stiffer warnings and new dosage limits on common pain relievers like acetaminophen.

"There is extensive evidence that hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity) caused by acetaminophen use may result from lack of consumer awareness that acetaminophen can cause severe liver injury," the working group report said.

This is significant because the agency just increased the severity of warning labels for this reason last month, but apparently, consumers are still clueless about the potential problems.

And ScienceDaily reports that a small new study finds that an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine leaking into the liver can intensify certain liver problems.

Put Down The Potato Chips, Mama

And finally, since 50 percent of childbearing women are overweight these days, the Institute of Medicine is recommending that for obese women, gaining 11-20 pounds during pregnancy is plenty.

NPR's Allison Aubrey has more on why pregnancy weight gain has become such a health problem later today in the health podcast.