Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

11/11/2013
Health Tip: Avoid Mishaps at Restaurants

Have the waiter remove any candles

11/8/2013
Nutritionists: FDA Trans Fat Ban Good for America's Heart Health

They urge greater use of healthier oils, like canola oil or other vegetable oils, in food-making process

11/5/2013
Tired Surgeons May Not Be Error-Prone

Study compared gallbladder surgery results for same doctors with and without enough sleep

11/5/2013
11/4/2013
Two Questions May Rule Out Strep Throat

Researchers say home test could determine when a sore throat doesn't warrant a trip to the doctor

10/29/2013
Last Two Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out

Deadline is Dec. 31, but FDA urges asthma patients to switch to eco-friendly versions now

10/28/2013
Too Few Kids Follow Bike Helmet Laws, Study Finds

In L.A. County over 5-year period, 8 of 9 children who died in bike accidents weren't wearing helmets

10/23/2013
Flu Season Off to Slow Start . . .

. . . But U.S. health officials expect outbreaks to pick up in next several weeks and recommend vaccination

10/22/2013
Smartphones May Help Nursing Home Docs Spot Drug Mishaps

90 percent of physicians who used mobile devices avoided at least one error in the previous month, study says

10/18/2013
4 of 5 Colleges Students Text While Driving: Study

Young men may overestimate their ability to multitask behind the wheel, researchers say

10/18/2013
Small Efforts Can Boost Use of Public Parks

Better signage may lead residents to increase physical activity, study shows

10/17/2013
Surgical Implements Too Often Left Behind in Patients: Report

Breakdowns in surgical team communication often at fault, watchdog group says

10/17/2013
10/16/2013
Shellfish Toxin Spreading to Eastern U.S., Report Says

Warming seas may contribute to growth of this potentially deadly bacteria, experts say

10/16/2013
Lawsuits Involving Laser Treatments by Non-Docs on the Rise

Medical-grade lasers can cause burning and cell damage to skin, experts warn

10/15/2013
Health Tip: Getting Sick on a Cruise

Suggestions to help keep you and others well

10/7/2013
Survey: Drowsy Driving More Likely for 'Short Sleepers'

Feeling rested may not guarantee safety of those who sleep less than six hours a night

10/5/2013
Selecting Sunglasses for Healthy Eyes

Tips for protecting your vision and skin

10/4/2013
'Cruise Ship Virus' Vaccine a First-Class Idea?

In early trial, symptoms of norovirus infection were halved, researchers say

9/30/2013
Whooping Cough Outbreaks Tied to Parents Shunning Vaccines

Study finds that areas with high rates of nonmedical vaccine exemptions also had high number of cases

9/27/2013
Drugged Driving Plays Major Role in Traffic Deaths

Alone or combined with alcohol, study finds it multiplies the risk for road fatalities