Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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3/25/2011
Alcohol May Play Dual Role in Some Cases of Elder Abuse

Small study suggests victims may have problems with substance abuse, mental illness, other conditions

3/24/2011
U.S. Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low, CDC Says

But minorities, those not born in the U.S. and HIV-positive patients still most likely to be affected

3/23/2011
Review Finds No Harm From Cutback in Residents Docs' Hours

Patient safety not affected, researchers say, but more study still needed

3/22/2011
Study: Reluctance to Speak Up Encourages Medical Errors

Silence among health-care workers regarding shortcuts, incompetence can put patients at risk

3/22/2011
NFL Upsets Could Trigger Domestic Violence

Reports spike in areas where favored team loses, study finds

3/22/2011
3/21/2011
Richer White Women More Prone to Melanoma, Study Finds

Greater access to tanning salons, sunny vacations appears to yield more skin cancer, researcher says

3/21/2011
Keep Kids in Rear-Facing Car Seats Until 2, Experts Say

Pediatricians' group says positioning kids longer in this way is safer

3/21/2011
Reported Pollen Counts May Be Inaccurate, Study Finds

Forecasts sometimes rely on data from previous years, not day-to-day weather, researchers say

3/18/2011
Trace Amounts of Radiation Reach California; No Health Risk, Experts Say

The reason: the radiation dissipates as it travels 5,000 miles from Japan across the Pacific

3/18/2011
Rush to Buy Iodide Pills Unnecessary in U.S., Experts Say

Little, if any, radioactive iodine will reach American shores from Japan, they insist

3/17/2011
HIV Infection Passed Via Donated Kidney: U.S. Report

Donor screening didn't use most sensitive test, leading to infection of recipient, researchers say

3/17/2011
Not Even Experts Agree on Safety of Airport Scanners

Whether benefit exceeds risk for those that emit radiation sparks debate

3/16/2011
When Nurse Staffing Drops, Mortality Rates Rise: Study

Experts say finding shows clear link to patient safety

3/16/2011
Herbal Derivative Wins Praise as Malaria Treatment

Experts in tropical medicine say artesunate can save more lives than quinine

3/16/2011
Crossing Street While on Cell Phone Risky for Seniors

Study found this kind of multitasking more dangerous for older adults

3/16/2011
Radiation From Japan's Nuke Disaster Unlikely to Threaten U.S., Experts Say

The reason: the radiation would dissipate as it travels 5,000 miles across the Pacific

3/15/2011
Heavy Smoking Declines in U.S.

Biggest drops in California because of tobacco control programs, researchers say

3/15/2011
Japan's Nuke Disaster Unlikely to Threaten U.S., Experts Say

The reason: radiation would dissipate as it travels 5,000 miles across the Pacific

3/15/2011
U.S. Unprepared for Major Radiation Emergency: Survey

Lack of comprehensive response plans puts public health at risk in many states, experts say

3/15/2011
Explosions Continue to Rock Japanese Nuclear Complex

More radiation released into atmosphere, government officials report

3/14/2011
Explosion Rocks 2nd Nuclear Reactor in Japan

U.S. radiation expert cites potential health risks to those at the site and beyond

3/13/2011
Crisis Worsens at Crippled Nuke Plant in Japan: Reports

U.S. radiation expert cites potential health risks to those at the reactors and beyond

3/12/2011
Radiation Declining at Crippled Nuke Plant in Japan: Official

U.S. radiation expert cites potential health risks to those at the reactor and beyond

3/11/2011
Invisible and Odorless, Radon Poses Risks to Lungs

Houses in Midwest and Northeast are especially vulnerable, experts say

3/11/2011
Inspection Can Reveal Whether Radon Problem Exists

If a house touches the ground, it's susceptible, inspector says

3/10/2011
Almost 12 Million Cancer Survivors Living in U.S., Report Shows

Trend largely driven by an aging population, CDC researchers say

3/9/2011
Hospital Safety Varies Widely Nationwide: Report

Where patients go for treatment can mean the difference between life and death, researchers say

3/9/2011
Americans Have Worse Health Than English Peers, Study Finds

This held true from birth to old age, researchers report

3/9/2011
Health Tip: Check Baby's Toys for Safety Issues

Take steps to help prevent injury

3/8/2011
Simply Watching a CPR Video Might Save Lives

Short message gives people confidence to help when someone has heart attack, experts say

3/8/2011
Report Spells Out Harms of Coal Power Plants

American Lung Association sounds call for cleanup in advance of EPA deadline

3/7/2011
3/3/2011
More Young People Delay Sex, Try Oral Sex First, CDC Says

U.S. report also finds same-sex encounters more common for women than men

3/2/2011
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds

Some 500 untested drugs will be removed from the market, agency said

3/1/2011
Seniors Concerned About Side Effects of Heart Drugs

Medications need to offer considerably more benefit than risk to interest them, study says

2/28/2011
Confusion Over Drug Dosing Common for Seniors

Standardized language on labels could simplify things, researchers say

2/24/2011
Plague Kills U.S. Lab Worker

First case in lab work in 50 years reported by government

2/23/2011
Fast Response Crucial in Outbreaks of Food-Borne Illness: Study

Scientists say swift action can contain the problem, limit number of infections

2/22/2011
Cell Phones Affect Areas of the Brain, Study Shows

But experts don't yet know if effect is harmful

2/22/2011
Plastics Chemical Affects U.S. More Than Canada: Study

Levels of BPA higher in Americans; Canadians have declared it a health hazard

2/22/2011
Car Ignition 'Interlocks' Thwart Alcohol-Impaired Drivers

In a review of such programs, CDC found a 67% drop among motorists re-arrested for drunk driving

2/22/2011
Supreme Court Rejects Vaccine-Safety Lawsuit

Says nation's vaccine court is designed to handle such claims

2/21/2011
Simple Tests Can Tell Who Can Drive After Stroke: Study

But several stroke experts say the exams may not be dependable

2/21/2011
Teens Posting 'Cutting' Videos on YouTube

Researchers warn that watching them may prompt vulnerable kids to injure themselves

2/20/2011
Frostnip, Frostbite Can Take the Fun Out of Winter

Simple precautions can help people avoid both

2/17/2011
2 Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's in Study

Findings on paraquat, rotenone will further understanding of the disease, researchers say

2/17/2011
Some Docs May Use Twitter for 'Unprofessional' Messages: Report

4% of physician 'tweets' said to be sexually explicit, violated patients' privacy or were otherwise inappropriate

2/15/2011
Motorcycle Helmets Help Protect Against Spine Injury: Study

Researchers debunk myth that weight of head protection puts neck at risk in crash

2/15/2011