Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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
Texting After Fainting a Good Sign

Study notes it means a teenaged victim has recovered from the blackout

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

2/12/2009
Docs Override Most Electronic Drug Warnings

Study suggest streamlining of prescribing system to avoid 'alert fatigue'

2/10/2009
Medicare Faces Challenges Caring for Chronically Ill

Initiatives to lower costs, improve service seldom work, study finds

2/10/2009
Smokers Will Stop for Their Pet's Sake

Survey discovers nearly 1 in 3 will do so for Fido, if not for themselves

2/9/2009
Minority Clinics Tougher on Doctors

Physicians face more challenging cases with fewer resources, study suggests

2/9/2009
Inhaled Corticosteroids Boost Pneumonia Risk in COPD

Benefits should be weighed against downside, experts say

2/7/2009
Healthy Heart Tips for a Bad Economy

Don't let your body pay the price in uncertain times, experts say

2/7/2009
FDA: Company Knowingly Shipped Tainted Peanut Products

Agency now reports that Peanut Corp. of America sent out supplies it knew contained salmonella

2/6/2009
Needed: Blood Donations

Supplies tend to run dangerously short this time of year

2/5/2009
Spine Injuries a Common Result of Car Crashes

Seat belts and airbags could reduce the risk, study says

2/5/2009
Rural Areas Able to Increase Colon Cancer Screenings

As population ages, study finds destination states seeing higher volume of procedures

2/5/2009
Quick Stroke Treatment Improves Outcomes

Rapid action cuts death rate, costs, length of stay and risk of recurrence, study finds

2/4/2009
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids

Almost 10% of infants who ingested melamine developed deposits, study finds

2/4/2009
Most Young, Black Females Are Not Getting HPV Vaccine

Despite viewing shot as 'wise choice,' just 1 in 4 are protected, survey finds

2/4/2009
Discharge Plan Cuts Hospital Readmissions, Patient Costs

But medication problems persisted in spite of program, study finds

2/4/2009
New Standards Set for Heparin and Glycerin

Stricter testing is aimed at keeping tainted drugs, products off U.S. market

2/4/2009
Methamphetamine Abuse Costs U.S. $23.4 Billion

Study cites crime, court fees, productivity losses and deaths among consequences

2/3/2009
U.S. Flu Season Off to Slow Start

Fewer cases so far suggest a mild flu season, officials say

2/3/2009
Radiation From CT Scans Not Always the Same

Study finds wide variation in exposure, depending on several factors

2/3/2009
Therapy, Meds Best for Lumbar Low Back Pain

Barring complications, surgery can be avoided since most symptoms fade within 6 weeks, experts say

2/3/2009
Childhood Beach Vacations May Boost Melanoma Risk

Each seaside stay increased skin moles by 5%, study found