Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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3/8/2009
Dog Bite Risk for Kids Greatest in Summer

Family pets caused 27% of injuries; Pit bulls most often involved in attacks, study finds

3/8/2009
Spring Forward? Plan Ahead

Sunday's time change can be easier with some advance preparation

3/6/2009
Drinking May Trigger Genetic Marker for Depression

But it still hasn't been determined whether one disorder causes the other, study notes

3/6/2009
Gene Explains How High-Fructose Diets Lead to Insulin Resistance

Corn syrup more easily metabolizes to fat in liver, which may trigger disease, study says

3/6/2009
Teens' Lung Health Is Linked to Their Diet

Eating fruit and fish might lessen asthma, bronchitis symptoms, research suggests

3/6/2009
Healthy Foods Harder to Find in Poor Neighborhoods

Wealthier areas offer residents more nutritious items in stores, studies find

3/6/2009
Are Hospital Mobile Phones Dialing Up Superbugs?

Turkish study finds 95% of headsets contaminated with bacteria that could infect patients

3/6/2009
Safety of Labor-Delaying Drugs Questioned

The dilemma, researchers say, is whether or not to treat at all

3/6/2009
Men Who Get Active in Midlife Live Longer

Effect of adding exercise equals that of stopping smoking, experts say

3/5/2009
Discovery May Boost Bird Flu Vaccine Potency

Compound increases ability of 'killer T-cells' to get rid of infection, study says

3/5/2009
Mom Was Right: Eat Your Broccoli

Study finds substance in sprouts cuts inflammation linked to asthma, heart disease

3/5/2009
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

Parents who are prepared for infant's crying bouts can maintain better control, studies say

3/5/2009
Older Adults Get Drunk Faster Than Younger Drinkers

Yet most report not feeling impaired, researchers say

3/5/2009
More Teen Boys Are Using Smokeless Tobacco, Survey Finds

But expert warns that it's not a safe alternative to cigarette smoking

3/4/2009
Engineered Viruses Could Battle Superbugs

Researchers say they disabled bacterial defenses, making antibiotics more effective

3/4/2009
Germicide Might Guard Against HIV Infection

Treatment prevented infection in monkeys, study shows

3/4/2009
Doc-Patient Relationship May Be Key to Quality

Level of 'connectedness' could help explain disparities in care, experts suggest

3/4/2009
Health Tip: Use Household Chemicals Safely

Suggestions to prevent potential harm

3/4/2009
Older Americans May Lack Adequate Nutrition

But those taking supplements often exceed recommended levels, study finds

3/3/2009
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul

Doctors urge all levels of society to encourage good eating habits, cut coronary risks

3/3/2009
Concerted Effort Needed to Fight Drug-Resistant Flu Strain

Other medications could be effective, while flu shot is best bet, experts say

3/3/2009
2 Hours Glued to TV Doubles Kids' Asthma Risk

Association found in both genders regardless of weight issues, study finds

3/3/2009
Women's Testosterone Patch May Not Work

U.K. study also questions safety of drug Intrinsa used for sexual dysfunction

3/2/2009
Swimming Lessons Don't Increase Drowning Risk, Study Says

But experts warn parents that instruction alone is no guarantee

3/2/2009
In Elderly Women, Hip Fractures Often Follow Arm Breaks

Problem may stem from the way older people fall, expert says

3/2/2009
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding

Studies find higher death rates, longer hospital stays and greater costs

3/2/2009
Resistance to Tamiflu Growing

Mostly linked to influenza A strain, which is most common in US, study says

3/1/2009
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend

As infant weights rise, parents are urged to take steps early to prevent obesity

2/27/2009
Hormone Drug May Help Drinkers Stay Sober

Study finds 'alcoholic' rats on cabergoline cut consumption, were less prone to relapse

2/27/2009
Snowblower Hand Injuries Often Extensive, Study Finds

Finger loss is one result, and experts urge better awareness of how machines work

2/27/2009
Health Tip: Prevent Your Children From Choking

Suggestions to reduce their risk

2/26/2009
Car-Crash Death Rates Depend on Where You Live in U.S.

Northeast is best, south the worst; men and young adults also more frequent victims

2/25/2009
Antibiotic-Resistant Meningitis Reported in U.S.

Health officials worry that overuse of antibiotics may be to blame

2/25/2009
FDA Halts New Applications From Indian Drug Maker's Plant

Agency says Ranbaxy Laboratories facility falsified scientific data

2/25/2009
Genes May Help Drive Rotator Cuff Injury

The risk is higher if even distant relatives have suffered such problems, study finds

2/25/2009
Weak Evidence Backs Most Heart Guidelines, Report Finds

Experts agree that field needs more rigorous trials to aid doctors

2/25/2009
Obesity Just as Risky for Teens as Heavy Smoking

Men who were overweight youths are far more apt to die early, study finds

2/23/2009
Are Internet-Addicted Kids More Violent?

Taiwanese study says yes, but American experts aren't so sure

2/20/2009
Adapting Gait May Help Elderly Avoid Falls

Volunteers trained on moveable platform kept better balance in a slippery situation

2/19/2009
FDA Warns Users on Psoriasis Drug

Three have died from rare brain infection while taking Raptiva, officials report in health advisory

2/17/2009
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma

Environment can boost mutations in genes, study says

2/16/2009
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients

Metabolic syndrome may enhance sodium's effect on the body, study suggests

2/15/2009
Being Heart Smart Just Makes Sense

Knowing the early warning signs of an attack can greatly increase survival, group says

2/14/2009
Cleaning House May Be Risky for Women With Asthma

Chemicals in products need more study for potential respiratory effects, study says

2/13/2009
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors

Facilities, especially teaching hospitals, have to do more to promote awareness, study says

2/13/2009
Even Mismatched Cord Blood Can Help Kids

More patients, especially ethnic and racial minorities, could get transplants, study finds

2/13/2009
Report Urges Broader Effort to Stem Emotional Disorders in Youth

Mental health tab costs U.S. about $247 billion a year, experts say

2/12/2009
Tobacco Companies Targeting Teens, Study Says

Marketing aims to get them to smoke and choose certain brands, experts note

2/12/2009
Smokeless Tobacco May Not Help Smokers Quit

Success in Sweden doesn't transfer to U.S., study finds

2/12/2009
2 or More Sodas a Day Boost Women's Kidney Risks

They're twice as likely to show early damage, and study says it's likely all that sugar