Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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3/24/2009
HPV Data May Aid Vaccine's Effectiveness

Most cervical cancers arose from strains covered by the shot, study finds

3/24/2009
Anesthesia in Youngest Kids May be Linked to Learning Disabilities

Study found having 'gone under' more than once by age 3 seemed to raise risk for problems

3/23/2009
Blacks Wait Longer for Hospital Bed, Study Finds

Disparity of up to an hour led to worse outcomes but it can be fixed

3/23/2009
Many Americans Fall Short on Their Vitamin D

Recommended levels in foods need to be increased, experts say

3/23/2009
Improved Fungicides May Be Easier on Environment

Products in development expand on plants' natural defenses, researchers explain

3/22/2009
What to Expect From a Colonoscopy

While many patients are nervous, doctors say it isn't as scary as some believe

3/21/2009
With Spring Here, Use Sun Sense to Enjoy It

Experts offer advice on keeping skin safe from harmful rays

3/20/2009
FDA Expands Weight-Loss Products Safety Alert

Agency says some contain prescription-only drugs that can harm consumers

3/20/2009
Poison Prevention Requires Diligence

EPA offers tips for storing and using potentially harmful products

3/20/2009
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread

E-monitoring of hand washing, better room cleaning and checks on patient transfers are key, studies find

3/19/2009
Study Finds Millions More May Benefit From Statins

New prescribing criteria could prevent thousands of heart attacks

3/19/2009
Dearth of Data on Capabilities May Be Hurting ER Care

Day-to-day emergencies require coordination similar to trauma system, expert says

3/19/2009
PSA Testing: What Should Men Do?

Fallout from 2 studies, pro and con, has experts in a quandry

3/18/2009
Course of West Nile Infection Charted

Scientists found levels of certain cytokines spiked during disease stage

3/18/2009
Trial Vaccine May Protect Against Serious Viral Infection

Women given injection could cut risk for CMV in half, study suggests

3/18/2009
Mussel-Based Glue May Make Surgery Safer

The natural medical adhesive might be applied using inkjet printer technology, researchers say

3/18/2009
Obesity Takes Years Off Your Life

It's similar to smoking when it comes to effect on longevity, researchers note

3/17/2009
Admissions for Prescription Painkiller Abuse on Rise

Alcohol treatment still heads list but figures decline, report finds

3/17/2009
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals

Animals exposed to treated air from patient rooms less likely to be infected, study finds

3/16/2009
Fewer Teens Sniffing Glue, Household Products

But report finds perception of dangers from inhalants at lowest point since 1991

3/13/2009
Mental Exhaustion Impedes Physical Performance

Researchers say finding could serve as model for diagnosing chronic fatigue

3/13/2009
Traffic Jams Harm the Heart

Study finds chances of heart attack triples in first hour afterward

3/13/2009
Cancer Drug May Offer New Hope for Lupus Patients

Small U.K. study says Rituxan could become 1st new drug for disease in 50 years

3/12/2009
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem

Study found significant amount occurred in ICUs

3/12/2009
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics

Blood pressure and cholesterol should be controlled more aggressively, study suggests

3/11/2009
Combo of Tests Might Spot Ovarian Cancer Early

Preliminary findings offer hope against a silent killer

3/10/2009
Shootings Linked to Alcohol-to-Go Outlets, Study Finds

Tighter controls are urged to help reduce urban violence

3/10/2009
For Primary Care, More Patients Are Seeing Specialists

Even prenatal care visits to family doctors are declining, researchers find

3/9/2009
Wine Color Won't Change Breast Cancer Risk

Despite red wine's healthy reputation, study finds it won't lower cancer odds

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