Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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9/16/2009
Hepatitis B Vaccination Protects Against Liver Cancer

Immunization program for newborns has lasting effects beyond childhood, researchers say

9/16/2009
Internet Can Help Curb Drinking Among College Students

Web-based counseling reduces alcohol abuse among undergrads, study shows

9/15/2009
Antibiotics Bought Easily on the Internet

Study found 138 sites that sold them illegally, without a prescription

9/15/2009
FDA Approves 4 Swine Flu Vaccines

Agency expects first batches to be available within a month

9/14/2009
Small Businesses Urged to Prepare for Swine Flu

Advance planning may help to minimize disruptions, officials say

9/13/2009
Most Parents Worried About Bullying in U.S. High Schools

Safety, security are concerns for two-thirds with children in secondary school, survey finds

9/11/2009
Traffic Deaths Near Peak in September

School children, wet leaves and deer pose driving challenges this time of year, safety group says

9/11/2009
Swine Flu Trials Continue to Point to 1-Dose Vaccine

U.S. reports unusually high flu activity, most of it swine variety

9/11/2009
Curbing Obesity Epidemic Key to Health Care Reform: Experts

Overweight is major contributing factor for chronic disease, U.S. health groups say

9/11/2009
One Dose of Swine Flu Vaccine Offers Protection: Studies

Findings could expand vaccine supply and speed immunity, experts say

9/10/2009
Get Your Vaccine for Seasonal Flu, Experts Urge

The regular winter scourge poses a potential threat, just like swine flu

9/9/2009
MRSA May Succumb to Honey

Anti-microbial benefits of New Zealand variety extend to staph infections, researchers say

9/9/2009
Study Shows 1% of Americans Have Been Infected With West Nile

Virus typically produces mild infection, but severe reactions can result

9/8/2009
Antiviral Drugs Should Be Used Cautiously to Fight Flu, U.S. Says

Most people won't need medicines like Tamiflu or Relenza, according to CDC

9/8/2009
Blood Test Narrows Down Need for Antibiotics

Could lead to better treatment decisions for respiratory infections, experts say

9/8/2009
FDA to Require Faster Reporting of Food-Safety Problems

Companies must alert agency of potential trouble within 24 hours

9/8/2009
Colleges Move to Limit Swine Flu's Spread

Numbers of infections on campus already increasing rapidly; could be preview of what's to come for general population

9/5/2009
In Toys and More, Are Chemicals Safe or Harmful?

New law tightens use of phthalates, but industry says hazard isn't proven

9/3/2009
Swine Flu Poses Risk to Kids With Neurological Conditions

But U.S. officials say death rate seems no higher than with seasonal flu

9/2/2009
Keep Your Flu Shots Straight This Fall

What you need to know about vaccinations for swine flu, regular flu

9/1/2009
Swine Flu May Be Less Dangerous Than Predicted: Study

Researchers challenge 'superbug theory' in animal tests using three flu strains

9/1/2009
Swine Flu on Campuses Boosts Call for Vaccinations

Officials expect return of virus that first surfaced last spring

8/28/2009
Study Details Swine Flu Transmission Rates

Every infected person puts 1.5 other people at risk, researchers say

8/27/2009
Another Report Finds Swine Flu Targeting the Young

But health experts emphasize that most infections are relatively benign

8/26/2009
Fertilizer Ban Makes a Difference

Lawn-care restrictions improve quality of nearby waterways, researchers find

8/26/2009
Many Health-Care Workers May Shun Swine Flu Shot

Hong Kong study finds some fear side effects, question benefits

8/25/2009
FDA Investigating Weight-Loss Drug Over Reports of Liver Damage

32 cases reported since orlistat came on market in 1999

8/25/2009
Smokers' Cars Loaded With Nicotine

Levels twice those found in places that permit smoking, study suggests

8/24/2009
Car Seats Can Limit Kids' Oxygen Supplies

Experts say risk is small but warrants reminder about proper use

8/23/2009
It's Back to Basics to Save a Life

Despite new technology and methods, experts say simple CPR works best

8/21/2009
Swine Flu Vaccine Seems Safe in Early Trials

No worrisome side effects so far, U.S. officials say; flu infections continue to be mild

8/20/2009
Swine Flu Vaccine Delay Manageable, Experts Say

Having 45 million doses by Oct. 15 will still be useful, they stress

8/19/2009
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits a New High

Deaths also at an all-time low, new government report shows

8/19/2009
Avandia Raises Heart Failure Risk More Than Actos

Diabetes drug shouldn't be used when there's a safer alternative, study says

8/18/2009
Cervical Cancer Vaccine Seems Safe

Fainting most common adverse event with Gardasil, study finds

8/18/2009
8/18/2009
Health Tip: Your Child Must Wear a Bike Helmet

Begin the habit at an early age

8/14/2009
Backyard Raccoon 'Latrines' Harbor Hidden Dangers

Transmission of infectious parasite, though rare, can damage the brain, experts say

8/11/2009
Swine Flu May Not Be Any Deadlier This Fall: Experts

Review of prior epidemics refutes theory that virus gets more severe

8/11/2009
Health Tip: Avoid Swimming Injury

Experts offer these suggestions

8/10/2009
Staph Infection May Follow People Home From Hospital

But MRSA transmission did not cause infection among caregivers in study

8/10/2009
Health Tip: Staying Safe on the Playground

Suggestions to prevent injury

8/5/2009
DEET in Bug Spray Tied to Neural Damage in Mice

More research needed to see if compound has same effect in humans, experts say

8/4/2009
Health Tip: Buying Baby's First Bathtub

Guidelines on what to purchase

8/3/2009
Surgical Masks Help Ward Off Flu, Maybe

New study does little to settle debate over their usefulness

8/3/2009
Health Tip: Creating a Fire Escape Plan

Don't wait until it's too late

7/31/2009
Even 9-Year-Olds Can Learn CPR

Students should be taught basic life-support skills, researchers say

7/29/2009
Put Defibrillators in High-Traffic Spots, Studies Urge

Experts warn against politicizing their placement

7/28/2009
FDA Calls for Stricter Controls on Mercury Fillings

But notes dental devices pose no great risk to most people; consumer organization aghast at ruling

7/28/2009
CDC Panel to Recommend Who Should Get Swine Flu Shot

Officials hope vaccine will be available by fall or early winter