Health Highlights: Aug. 6, 2019

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

Sen. Rand Paul Recovering From Lung Surgery

A part of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s lung that was damaged in a 2017 attack was removed on the weekend.

The Republican lawmaker and former presidential candidate was tackled by a neighbor outside his Kentucky home. He tweeted Monday about the surgery performed in Tennessee, the Associated Press reported.

Paul, 56, is recovering at home, a spokeswoman said.

“Sen. Paul will need to recover from his surgery for a few weeks, which will limit his travel and events,” spokeswoman, Kelsey Cooper said in a statement, the AP reported.

“He will continue to work on diplomacy, legislative and constituent issues during that time,” she added.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Breaks Shoulder in Fall

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell broke his shoulder Sunday in a fall at his Kentucky home, according to a statement from his office.

“This morning, Leader McConnell tripped at home on his outside patio and suffered a fractured shoulder,” David Popp, McConnell’s communications director, said in a statement, CNN reported. “He has been treated, released, and is working from home in Louisville.”

“The Leader will continue to work from home,” the statement added.

Democrats want McConnell to reconvene the Senate to pass gun control legislation in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio on the weekend, CNN reported.

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