Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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1/22/2014
Hospital Safety Improves for Heart Patients, Study Finds

But no drop seen in 'adverse events' for surgical or pneumonia patients

1/21/2014
FDA Approval Process Comes Under Scrutiny in Studies

Drugs face inconsistent standards, heart device upgrades may not undergo clinical trials, researchers say

1/21/2014
Time for Docs to Ditch the White Coat?

New infection control guidelines raise possibility that some attire may spread germs among patients

1/20/2014
Extra Zzz's in Morning May Help Teens Stay Alert in Class

Scheduling classes a bit later seems to reduce daytime sleepiness in high school students, study says

1/19/2014
Walk, But Stay Safe: Tips for Pedestrians

Use crosswalks, beware at intersections, carry flashlights at night, CDC advises

1/17/2014
Want to Stay Healthy? Try Washing Your Hands

Dirty digits are the fastest way to communicate infectious germs, experts say

1/17/2014
Meet Henry the Hand: A Crusading Doctor's Right-Hand Man

Cartoon character helps physician spread the gospel of good hand hygiene

1/16/2014
U.S. Smoking Rates Drop to Historic Lows: CDC

Report authors credit increasing cigarette taxes, hard-hitting anti-smoking ads for decline

1/15/2014
Experts Urge 'Seismic Shift' in Approach to Better U.S. Health Care

Improving education, social services can help Americans live longer, healthier lives, panel says

1/15/2014
Ban on Chemicals Lowers Human Exposures, Study Finds

But exposure to similar phthalates that aren't banned has risen, researchers say

1/10/2014
U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb

Southwestern states hardest hit, but infections still not at epidemic levels, CDC says

1/9/2014
FDA Warns Against Misuse of Laxatives

Ignoring dosing instructions, cautions can lead to serious side effects with some of these products

1/7/2014
The Cold, Hard Truth About Surviving Bitter Winter Weather

Doctors offer practical advice for dealing with record-breaking temperatures

1/6/2014
Workplace Wellness Programs Work

But study found lifestyle-management programs didn't cut health care costs as much as disease management

1/6/2014
The Cold, Hard Truth About Surviving Bitter Winter Weather

Doctors offer practical advice for dealing with record-breaking temperatures

1/3/2014
12/27/2013
Total Smoking Bans Work Better Than Halfway Measures

Efforts to quit succeed more often with home, city prohibitions in place, study finds

12/27/2013
Portable Bed Rails Can Pose Safety Hazard, FDA Says

Agency explains how to reduce potential for falling or being trapped

12/27/2013
Health Tip: Staying Safe During Winter Weather

Stay home if the weather service advises

12/26/2013
H1N1 Flu Spreading in South-Central U.S.

This flu strain tends to hit younger adults harder than older adults, CDC says

12/25/2013
Food Safety Counts, Especially During the Holiday Season

Hand washing is key to preventing the spread of foodborne illnesses, expert advises

12/24/2013
12/20/2013
Some Hip-Replacement Parts Not Proven Safe or Effective: Study

About 8 percent of components used in Britain not backed by evidence; Harvard researchers call for stricter controls

12/20/2013
12/19/2013
Study Finds Widespread Contamination in Chicken

Potentially harmful bacteria and antibiotic resistance common in 316 raw poultry samples tested

12/18/2013
Taking Drug to Prevent HIV Doesn't Seem to Encourage Risk-Taking

Study found those given Truvada did not practice riskier sex because of extra protection

12/18/2013
12/17/2013
Glaxo to End Payments to Prescribing Doctors

Pharmaceutical giant first drug maker to adopt such a policy, report says

12/16/2013
FDA Wants Tighter Rules on Antibacterial Soaps, Body Washes

Makers would have to prove they're safe and effective

12/16/2013
Health Tip: Holiday Safety Suggestions

Use flame-retardant decorations

12/11/2013
Dangerous Bacteria Can Lurk Inside Nose, Study Finds

People who carry staph can transmit life-threatening infections in hospital setting

12/10/2013
Health Tip: Keep Kids Away From Corded Blinds and Shades

If possible, use cordless window covers

12/5/2013
Measles Still a Threat, U.S. Health Officials Warn

Sporadic outbreaks caused by travelers to countries without vaccination programs, doctors say

12/4/2013
Morphine, Blood Thinner Plavix a Bad Mix for Heart Attack Victims: Study

Painkiller appeared to slow, diminish anti-clotting effect of heart drug

12/4/2013
FDA Renews Warning on HeartStart Defibrillator Failures

Owners of the recalled Philips automated external defibrillators advised to contact the company

12/4/2013
Health Tip: Toys to Avoid for Young Children

Any that include straps or strings

12/3/2013
Drug Abuse By Young Anesthesiologists Is Rare But Sometimes Deadly

Study finds rates approached 1 percent during doctors' training program

12/3/2013
Health Tip: Cleaning Baby Bottles

Sterilize them to kill germs

12/2/2013
FDA Starts Regulating Compounding Pharmacies

New powers designed to make specialty drugs safer for patients

11/27/2013
Expert Serves Up Turkey Tips for a Healthy Holiday

Take steps to prevent foodborne illness before, during and after preparing the meal

11/27/2013
Health Tip: Practice Fire Safety During the Holidays

Keep flammable items away from children

11/26/2013
Cross These Dangerous Toys Off Kids' Christmas List, Experts Say

Annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report cites playthings that could choke or poison a child

11/25/2013
FDA to Lift Restrictions on Diabetes Drug Avandia

Not all experts are happy with granting wider access to the troubled medication, however

11/25/2013
Health Tip: Keep Pests Away

Don't leave dirty dishes in the sink

11/22/2013
Newer Foam Mattresses May Help Prevent Bedsores in Nursing Homes

Study suggests using high-density mattresses means residents don't need to be turned as often

11/22/2013
50 Years Later, the Kennedy Assassination Still Haunts a Generation

As children, Baby Boomers absorbed the violence, shock and sense of vulnerability -- and can't forget

11/21/2013
Laser Toys Can Damage Eyes: Report

'Star Wars'-like gadgets causing serious injuries, doctors say

11/15/2013
Acrylamide: An Unwelcome Part of Your Diet

FDA offers tips on how to avoid too much exposure to the chemical

11/14/2013
Health Tip: Uninflated Balloons Aren't Safe for Young Children

They are the leading cause of child suffocation

11/13/2013
Even Non-Surgical Hospital Patients Often Get Powerful Narcotics: Study

Researchers looked at more than 1 million U.S. admissions