Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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Glaxo to End Payments to Prescribing Doctors

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

FDA Wants Tighter Rules on Antibacterial Soaps, Body Washes

Makers would have to prove they're safe and effective

Health Tip: Holiday Safety Suggestions

Use flame-retardant decorations

Dangerous Bacteria Can Lurk Inside Nose, Study Finds

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

Health Tip: Keep Kids Away From Corded Blinds and Shades

If possible, use cordless window covers

Measles Still a Threat, U.S. Health Officials Warn

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

Morphine, Blood Thinner Plavix a Bad Mix for Heart Attack Victims: Study

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

FDA Renews Warning on HeartStart Defibrillator Failures

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

Health Tip: Toys to Avoid for Young Children

Any that include straps or strings

Drug Abuse By Young Anesthesiologists Is Rare But Sometimes Deadly

Study finds rates approached 1 percent during doctors' training program

Health Tip: Cleaning Baby Bottles

Sterilize them to kill germs

FDA Starts Regulating Compounding Pharmacies

New powers designed to make specialty drugs safer for patients

Expert Serves Up Turkey Tips for a Healthy Holiday

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

Health Tip: Practice Fire Safety During the Holidays

Keep flammable items away from children

Cross These Dangerous Toys Off Kids' Christmas List, Experts Say

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

FDA to Lift Restrictions on Diabetes Drug Avandia

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

Health Tip: Keep Pests Away

Don't leave dirty dishes in the sink

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

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

Laser Toys Can Damage Eyes: Report

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

Acrylamide: An Unwelcome Part of Your Diet

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

Health Tip: Uninflated Balloons Aren't Safe for Young Children

They are the leading cause of child suffocation

Even Non-Surgical Hospital Patients Often Get Powerful Narcotics: Study

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

Health Tip: Avoid Mishaps at Restaurants

Have the waiter remove any candles

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

Tired Surgeons May Not Be Error-Prone

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

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

Last Two Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out

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

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

Flu Season Off to Slow Start . . .

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

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

4 of 5 Colleges Students Text While Driving: Study

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

Small Efforts Can Boost Use of Public Parks

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

Surgical Implements Too Often Left Behind in Patients: Report

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

Shellfish Toxin Spreading to Eastern U.S., Report Says

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

Lawsuits Involving Laser Treatments by Non-Docs on the Rise

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

Health Tip: Getting Sick on a Cruise

Suggestions to help keep you and others well

Survey: Drowsy Driving More Likely for 'Short Sleepers'

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

Selecting Sunglasses for Healthy Eyes

Tips for protecting your vision and skin

'Cruise Ship Virus' Vaccine a First-Class Idea?

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

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

Drugged Driving Plays Major Role in Traffic Deaths

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

CDC Reports More Americans Getting Flu Shots

But overall rate still low, so officials urge everyone over 6 months of age to get vaccinated this season

FDA Launches System to Label Medical Devices

Goal is to improve patient safety, identify items for recall and prevent counterfeiting

Deadly Respiratory Virus Has Passed Between Animals, Humans Before

Study still doesn't pinpoint from which animal the virus is coming

Bacterial 'Autopsy' Could Speed Antibiotic Discovery: Study

Scientists invent faster analysis of chemicals with bacteria-killing abilities; experts stress need for new generation of infection-fighting drugs

Medical Harm Occurs in Nearly 43 Million Hospital Cases Each Year

Review focused on seven facets of poor care worldwide

FDA Airs Plan to Strengthen Rules for Imported Foods

50 percent of fresh fruit and 20 percent of fresh vegetables from abroad, agency says