Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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5/22/2009
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development

Study suggests loss of communication among cells tied to this nutritional deficit

5/21/2009
Swine Flu Outbreak May Be Subsiding, CDC Says

Decline seen in visits to doctors and hospitals by people with the disease

5/20/2009
Limiting Work Hours for Medical Residents Could Be Costly

And it may not lead to fewer medical errors, researchers suggest

5/20/2009
Glucose Control Pays Long-Term Benefits for Diabetics

Analysis shows even small improvements may prevent eye, kidney and nerve damage

5/20/2009
With Heart Attacks, Fast Treatment Matters

The sooner angioplasty is done, the lower the death rate, study finds

5/20/2009
Healthier Lifestyle Can Cut COPD Symptoms

Diet, exercise and smoking cessation counseling also proved cost-effective, study finds

5/20/2009
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu

CDC says the strain is related to flu variant that circulated before 1957

5/19/2009
Health Tip: Help Protect Young Athletes

Follow the rules of the game

5/19/2009
Sicker People More Vulnerable to Swine Flu: CDC

Meanwhile, World Health Organization says potential vaccine delayed

5/18/2009
Study Cites Gains in Gall Bladder Cancer Treatment

Early detection, aggressive surgery boosts survival times, researchers say

5/18/2009
Health Tip: Choosing Baby's Playpen

Safety suggestions to help avoid injury

5/18/2009
Swine Flu Fatality Rate a 'Little Bit' Higher Than That of Seasonal Flu

But U.S. health officials say the disease is no more dangerous than regular flu

5/17/2009
Beware of Dog Bites

Experts offer advice on how to avoid being attacked

5/17/2009
Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans

CDC says confirmed cases, including 2 new deaths, may not reflect true reach of the disease

5/15/2009
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease

Study finds foods high in vitamins, minerals cut chances of macular degeneration

5/15/2009
An Aid to Tailoring Prostate Cancer Treatment

Study identifies factors to help decide how aggressive therapy should be

5/15/2009
Human Nose Too Cold for Bird Flu Virus

Finding might explain why this strain isn't spreading, scientists say

5/15/2009
More Than 100,000 Americans May Have Swine Flu: CDC

Confirmed cases, including 2 new deaths, may not reflect true reach of infections

5/14/2009
Health Experts Plot Strategy for Swine Flu Vaccine

World Health Organization expected to make recommendation next week, report says

5/13/2009
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery

Available in Mexico but not in U.S., it could make ICU stays unnecessary, study suggests

5/13/2009
Health Tip: Wear Your Seat Belt During Pregnancy

Here are suggestions on what to do

5/13/2009
Pregnant Women Should Take Flu Drugs Promptly

CDC says quick use of antivirals such as Tamiflu best for this high-risk group

5/12/2009
Swine Flu May Pose Problems for Pregnant Women

But the risk is similar to that posed by other strains of influenza, CDC says

5/11/2009
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off

Women maintained losses with biweekly checks and counseling, study finds

5/11/2009
CDC Shifts Swine Flu Focus to Likely Impact in the Fall

U.S. tally exceeds 2,600, officials say, and most cases remain mild

5/10/2009
Ladders, Swings and More Can Cause Peril

Simple precautions are urged to prevent head, neck injuries

5/10/2009
Third U.S. Swine Flu Death Reported

Like prior 2 cases, Washington state man had underlying health problems, officials say

5/9/2009
Confirmed Swine Flu Cases in U.S. Near 2,300 Mark

CDC says outbreak continues, but infections still mild and recovery is fairly quick

5/8/2009
As Swine Flu Cases Mount, CDC Says U.S. Hasn't 'Dodged a Bullet'

But the estimated 2,500 infections continue to be mild and recovery is fairly quick

5/7/2009
U.S. Swine Flu Count Nears 1,900; Person-to-Person Transmission Now Common

Officials dismiss 'swine flu parties' as dangerous way to seek immunity

5/6/2009
CPAP Therapy Boosts Cardiac Surgery Outcomes

Findings suggest airway pressure treatment prevents complications, cuts readmissions

5/6/2009
America's Top Allergy Capitals

Louisville, Ky., is rated most challenging city to live in for springtime sufferers

5/6/2009
Less Education May Mean Poorer Health

High school dropouts more than twice as prone to illness as college grads, study finds

5/6/2009
Younger Age of More Severe Swine Flu Cases Worries Experts

Average age of those hospitalized in U.S. is 15, CDC says

5/5/2009
Program Helps Homeless Cut Use of Emergency Services

Housing, treatment for chronically ill reduce need for hospital care, study finds

5/5/2009
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out

Access to care improves, studies find, but treatment quality lags for elderly, vets

5/5/2009
Obama Administration Might Recommend Three Flu Shots for Americans This Fall

Two would be aimed at the swine flu circulating the globe

5/4/2009
Focusing on CPR Improves Survival

Study urges rescuers to add compressions, delay other interventions

5/4/2009
Viewing Adult-Themed TV Tied to Earlier Sex for Teens

Study suggests they're less likely to separate reality from fiction

5/4/2009
Hospital Volume Imperfect Gauge of Cancer Surgery Outcomes

Review finds inconsistent results, questions validity of numbers

5/4/2009
Swine Flu Cases Still Up, But U.S. Officials Are Guardedly Optimistic

The CDC also points to encouraging signs in Mexico, thought to be the outbreak's source

5/4/2009
More Kids Being Hurt by Falling Furniture

Researcher calls for parental diligence and new safety regulations

5/3/2009
Swine Flu Outbreak Not a Pandemic at This Point

Mexico's health secretary said epidemic in his country seems to be waning

5/3/2009
Black Youths With High BP May Face Elevated Heart Risks

They also had raised cholesterol, so study suggests better screening for hypertension

5/2/2009
Swine Flu Continues to Spread Across U.S.

H1N1 strain lacks "virulent characteristics" of deadly 1918 virus, CDC notes

5/1/2009
Prescription Training Puts Docs in Shoes of Older Patients

Challenges for seniors on multiple meds better understood after taking hands-on approach

5/1/2009
Swine Flu Infections Now Top 140 in U.S.

But current H1N1 strain lacks "virulent characteristics" of deadly 1918 virus, CDC notes

5/1/2009
Hearing Loss Tops Parents' Concern for Kids

Damage from loud external noises puts 3 million youngsters under 18 at risk, group says

4/30/2009
Swine Flu Infections Surpass 100 in U.S.

Mexico prepares for shutdown of many public services to head off infections

4/30/2009
Young Women's Breast Tissue Offers Clues to Cancer Risk

Tissue density tied to chances of disease in middle-age and beyond, study suggests