Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

4/29/2009
First Swine Flu Death Reported in U.S.

23-month-old boy from Mexico had traveled to Houston for medical treatments, reports say

4/29/2009
New Network Connects the Dots Between Diseases

Worldwide mapping furthers understanding of conditions, experts say

4/29/2009
More Than Half of Americans Living with Dirty Air

Survey finds many cities have dangerously high levels of pollution

4/28/2009
Acrylamide Doesn't Raise Lung Cancer Risk

Controversial food byproduct even showed protection for women, study finds

4/28/2009
U.S. Swine Flu Cases Surpass 60

CDC warns that some deaths are likely

4/28/2009
Clinics Less Likely to Refer Heart Patients to Cardiologists

Women especially affected if primary care came from community outlet

4/28/2009
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk

As population ages, even small changes affect incidence, study finds

4/27/2009
40 Swine Flu Cases Now Reported in U.S.

Health officials checking persons entering the country for signs of sickness

4/27/2009
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts

Two reports show promise of computers, pharmacists for proper prescribing

4/26/2009
U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency in Response to Swine Flu

A precautionary measure, the move allows federal and state governments easier access to flu tests and medications

4/25/2009
WHO Warns of Possible Pandemic as Mexico Seeks to Contain Swine Flu

3 new cases reported in United States, health officials say

4/24/2009
At Least 20 Dead, Hundreds Ill in Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico

Officials find links between Mexican virus and strain that sickened 8 people in California, Texas

4/23/2009
Swine Flu Cases Now Total 7: CDC

All patients, in California and Texas, have recovered from unique virus

4/23/2009
Medicare Change May Impact Black Kidney Patients

Single payment plan for dialysis and meds could put many at disadvantage, study suggests

4/23/2009
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return

Study finds vets at higher risk of aggressive recurrence only 8 months after surgery

4/23/2009
Safety Measures Urged for Tree-Care Workers

CDC report finds an average of 80 die each year while trimming trees

4/23/2009
Kids Given Photos of Sunburn Damage Covered Up Better

Study says every preteen should get UV snapshot of what exposure can do to their skin

4/22/2009
Staying Slim Is Good for the Environment

Sustaining heavier people produces more greenhouse gases, researchers say

4/22/2009
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men

Study finds benefit from consuming just one serving a week

4/21/2009
Charring Meat May Boost Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Increases production of carcinogens thought to invite disease, study finds

4/21/2009
Compound in Berries May Lessen Sun Damage

Study in mice finds ellagic acid, also in nuts, limits wrinkling

4/20/2009
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk

But glucose-based beverages may not have same impact, study finds

4/20/2009
Doctor-Patient Talks Key to Blacks Getting Cancer Screens

Poor communication a major problem in low screening rates but one that can be fixed, study suggests

4/18/2009
Group Urges Public to Take Free Asthma Tests in May

It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

4/17/2009
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels

As little as 10 minutes of exposure changes cardiovascular function, researchers say

4/16/2009
Study Reveals How Salmonella 'Hijacks' Cells

Researchers spot mechanism that may be applicable to other pathogens

4/14/2009
Former Inmates at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure

And they're more likely to lack treatment for it years after freedom, study finds

4/13/2009
4/11/2009
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?

Experts debate pros, cons of consumption and mercury exposure

4/11/2009
Safety Tips That Will Earn Barbecuers a 'Well Done'

Putting common sense on menu is best way to avoid grill burns and accidents, experts say

4/10/2009
Cleaning Concoctions Best Left to Experts

Industry group says, 'Think twice before mixing once' to avoid harm

4/10/2009
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health

Even walking half an hour a day can boost longevity, study finds

4/10/2009
Parkinson's Drugs Can Trigger Unhealthy Behaviors

But lower doses of dopamine agonists appear to curb compulsive acting out, study says

4/9/2009
Declines in Foodborne Illness Have Plateaued, Report Says

FDA official cites need to modernize government efforts

4/9/2009
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth

Study suggests that toxins alter cell activity and cut oxygen to baby

4/9/2009
Psoriasis Drug Raptiva Pulled From U.S. Market

Drug manufacturer acts after link found to rare brain infection

4/8/2009
Pot-Smoking Drivers Tied to Range of Road Accidents

Study finds third of these risk-takers had been in 1 or more crashes in previous 3 years

4/8/2009
Traveling for Treatment

Americans are looking overseas for less-expensive medical care

4/7/2009
Home-Based Program Extends Seniors' Lives

Combo of physical therapy, household changes added 3.5 years on average, study found

4/5/2009
Breathe Easier Knowing Spring's Pollen Triggers

Children are especially vulnerable to seasonal allergies, so be prepared, expert says