Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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12/22/2010
U.S. Food-Safety Laws Overhauled

Bill awaiting Obama's signature would give FDA new powers to protect public

12/17/2010
Not Just the Newest Toys Hold Risks for Kids

Danger lurks among tricycles as well as battery- and magnet-loaded gadgets, experts warn

12/16/2010
FDA Panel Calls for Safety Review of Mercury in Dental Fillings

Committee notes new research that might point to potential problems

12/15/2010
'Tainted' Supplement Makers May Face Prosecution: FDA

Move follows reports of injuries or death from synthetic steroids, other products

12/15/2010
U.S. Government Bans Drop-Side Cribs

Numerous deaths, product recalls led to decision by Consumer Product Safety Commission

12/13/2010
Taxing Sodas Won't Spur Much Weight Loss, Study Says

Ensuing declines would be minimal, researchers find

12/13/2010
Road Material in N. Dakota May Up Lung Cancer Risk: Study

300 miles of roads contain erionite, a volcanic mineral with asbestos-like properties

12/12/2010
'Tis the Season to Give Allergen-Free Gifts

Buying for people with asthma, allergies takes extra thought, experts say

12/11/2010
Accidental Falls a Leading Cause of Head Injury

Simple precautions can prevent a holiday visit to the emergency room, doctors say

12/10/2010
Children, Teens Account for Half of Exercise-Related Heat Injuries

Heat injuries requiring an ER visit also jumped 133 percent from 1997 to 2006, study finds

12/10/2010
FDA Weighs In as Sharing of Breast Milk Booms

Opinions vary on benefits and risks of milk banks and Web-based outlets

12/9/2010
No Scientific Proof Backing Stricter Tests of Ground Beef in School Lunches

Instead, federal council urges rules based on evidence-based standards

12/9/2010
40 Million in U.S. Driving Drunk or Drugged

Most are aged 16 to 25, a new federal study finds

12/7/2010
E-Cigarettes Should Be Banned Until Made Safe: Study

Researchers find the devices make false claims, leak nicotine

12/7/2010
Contaminated Butter Points to Need for Better Surveillance, Study Says

After finding flame retardants in samples and wrappers, researchers say U.S. government testing needed

12/6/2010
Teen Dating Violence is Common, Study Finds

It occurs in almost 1 in 5 couples, and perpetrators also often assault family, friends

12/6/2010
Like Congress, Americans Split Over Health-Care Reform

But even opponents back many provisions of the controversial law, Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds

12/3/2010
Outbreaks Signal Another Flu Season, CDC Says

Georgia now reporting spike in cases among kids, agency says, but vaccine seems to be good match

12/2/2010
U.S. Government Sets New Health Goals for 2020

These are more modest than previous ones, experts say

12/2/2010
Suicides in National Parks Preventable, CDC Says

Authorities should increase training and restrict access to certain sites, experts advise

11/30/2010
Kids Can't Accurately Judge Speed of Approaching Cars: Study

Young children can't tell the speed of a vehicle 5 seconds away and moving faster than 20 mph

11/30/2010
Toxins from Staph Bacteria Disrupt Immune System

'Superantigens' unleash a furious T-cell response, illness, say researchers

11/30/2010
Health Tip: Using a Baby Carrier

Help keep your infant safe

11/30/2010
Health Tip: Avoid Medical Mistakes

At the doctor's office or hospital

11/29/2010
Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite, Allergist Warns

Inspect for pests in mattresses, secondhand clothes and used furniture, even wood

11/26/2010
Gun-Safety Talk a Safe Bet for All Families, Experts Say

Only 48% of parents without firearms have discussed gun safety with their kids, poll finds

11/26/2010
Stores Urged to Take Steps to Avoid 'Black Friday' Frenzy

Limited quantities, long lines, coupons spur bad behavior by intense shoppers, researcher says

11/25/2010
Fresh Seafood Shouldn't Smell Fishy, Food Science Expert Says

Following tips for buying, storing fish and shellfish can keep your meal safe and delicious

11/24/2010
Despite Efforts, Study Finds No Decline in Medical Errors

But experts say some safety initiatives may take time to bring results

11/24/2010
Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe While in a Playpen

Here are suggested precautions

11/22/2010
Gruesome Cigarette Pack Images Make Smokers Want to Quit, Study Finds

But some experts say FDA's proposals may still be too mild to work

11/19/2010
FDA Pulls Darvon and Companion Drug Due to Heart Risks

Main ingredient propoxyphene can cause dangerous irregular heartbeat, agency says

11/19/2010
Outreach, Enforcement Can Curb College Kids' Drinking: Study

Community, college-based efforts seemed to lower off-campus consumption, researchers say

11/18/2010
FDA Advisers Renew Review on Whether to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

Opponents say cool, minty taste masks harsh chemicals, lures kids, minorities to take up smoking

11/17/2010
CDC Report Finds Adult Vaccination Rates Still Lagging

US health officials urge adults to think beyond the annual flu shot

11/17/2010
Energy Drinks May Fuel College Kids' Alcohol Use

Frequent consumption of caffeine-loaded beverages tied to greater boozing in study

11/15/2010
School Programs for Cardiac Arrest Saving Lives

Students, staff who use AEDs, CPR save up to 45 percent of victims, study finds

11/15/2010
Sponges, Surgical Tools Sometimes Left in Kids After Operation

Such mishaps are rare but to family 'one event like this is too many,' study author says

11/11/2010
Family Members Caring for Veterans Sacrifice Their Own Health, Jobs

Study urges friends, relatives, neighbors to offer caregivers urgently needed respite care

11/9/2010
Uniform Methods Urged for Grading Hospital Report Cards

Inconsistent surveillance practices threaten validity of rankings, researchers say

11/9/2010
Health Tip: Buy a Safe Toy Chest

Suggestions to help protect your child

11/5/2010
Many U.S. Travelers Uninformed About Health Risks Abroad

Only 54% heading to poorer nations sought advice about potential risks before flying, survey found

11/5/2010
Falls, Not Gunshot, May Be Hunters' Biggest Threat

Most accidents involve tumbles from tree stands, study finds

11/5/2010
U.S. Obesity Rate May Hit 42% by 2050

Researchers say the more obese people you know, the greater your chances of gaining weight

11/4/2010
Overheating in Infants Can Lead to SIDS, Experts Warn

Multiple blankets, heavy clothing for sleep on cold nights increases the risk, officials say

11/4/2010
Hemophilia Drug Used Off-Label Raises Clot Risk

Those without blood disorder who were given it were twice as likely to have trouble, review found

11/3/2010
Many Higher-Income Parents Forgoing Kids' Vaccinations: Report

More outbreaks feared as immunization rates for children in commercial health plans plummet

10/29/2010
Many Scented Consumer Products Emit Toxic Chemicals: Study

Of 133 chemicals found in 25 tested products, only one was listed on label, researchers found

10/29/2010
Antifreeze a Sweet But Lethal Drink for Pets

Best strategy is to wash up spills, leaks immediately, expert says

10/28/2010
Scientists Raise Concerns About Flame Retardants

Chemicals used in wide range of consumer products may be harmful to health, need more study, they warn