Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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1/28/2009
In the World of Germs, Man Bites Dog

Study finds owners had more multiple drug-resistant strains than their pets

1/28/2009
Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury

Half of batches tested positive, third of popular sweetened products showed traces

1/28/2009
Concussion's Effects May Linger for Decades

Attention, memory, physical processes affected 30 years later, study finds

1/28/2009
Controversial Chemical Lingers Longer in the Body: Study

BPA exposure has been linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, developmental problems

1/27/2009
Substance Abuse Hinders TB Treatment

Almost 1 in 5 users have more contagious disease that's harder to control, study says

1/27/2009
'Wired' Hospitals Post Lower Death, Complication Rates

But researchers note system chosen needs to match needs, culture of staff

1/27/2009
America's Top Hospitals Cut Patient Death Rate 27%

If all centers performed as well, nearly 153,000 lives might be saved annually, report finds

1/27/2009
Intensive Insulin Therapy Reduces Mortality in Sick Kids

Lowering blood glucose levels also cut time in ICU, study finds

1/26/2009
HS Sports Shoulder Injuries More Likely in Boys

Player-to-player contact in competition behind almost 60% of cases, study finds

1/25/2009
Oh-So-Cold Temperatures Plague Older People

Metabolism and other body changes exacerbate wintertime issues

1/24/2009
Seventh Salmonella Death Linked to Peanut Products

At least 38 companies across U.S. involved in recalls as salmonella outbreak action continues; Girl Scouts, Hershey and Kraft Foods say their products are safe

1/23/2009
Acne Cream Not Linked to Raised Death Risk

Analysis of VA study that was halted early says retinoid tretinoin not the culprit

1/23/2009
60 Million Worldwide Carry Heart Disease Mutation

Muscle protein variant, most common in India, leaves carriers with little warning of dangers

1/23/2009
Preemies Exposed to Toxins in Liquid Meds

Called excipients, these agents include chemicals that can cause nerve damage, study says

1/23/2009
Drug Impedes Body's Deadly Reaction to Flu Virus

Finding may help prevent spread of lung infections, including pandemic strains

1/23/2009
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior

Incidents were reported by half of family caretakers surveyed in British study

1/23/2009
Salmonella Common in U.S. Poultry

2 outbreaks highlight the dangers of infection from live birds, report shows

1/22/2009
Nurses Often Left Out of Medical Error Talks

Study finds excluding them from discussions impacts patients, families

1/21/2009
Cleaner Air Equals Longer Life

Study shows drops in fine-particle pollution correlate with increases in life expectancy

1/21/2009
In Time, Cream Might Prevent Herpes Transmission

Harvard researchers say treatment involving genes works in mice

1/21/2009
Salmonella Infection Numbers Still Rising; Recalls Rise Also

NutriSystem, pet food company join grocers and food suppliers in pulling products from shelves as FDA advises consumers not to eat anything but jars of peanut butter while probe continues

1/21/2009
Seasons Arriving 2 Days Earlier, Study Says

Change is linked to wind pattern that controls winter in Northern Hemisphere

1/21/2009
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Winter heating season prompts tips on how to avoid most common cause of poisoning in U.S.

1/20/2009
Simple Exercise Keeps Brain at Top of Its Game

In older women, being more fit helps cognitive function, study shows

1/20/2009
Older Drug Effective in Treating Pediatric Nerve Cancer

Low, short-term doses of DFMO helps prevent disease spread, study finds

1/20/2009
More Peanut Butter Products Join Recall List

More companies pull products from shelves as FDA advises consumers not to eat anything but jars of peanut butter while salmonella probe continues

1/19/2009
MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria moving beyond hospital setting, study finds

1/19/2009
Optimal Treatment Boosts Blacks' Lung Cancer Survival

Patients who received recommended care did better, regardless of race, study found

1/19/2009
Older Women Get Fewer Kidney Transplants Than Men

Gender disparity greatest in those 56 or older, but odds as good as males once on list

1/19/2009
Peanut Butter Product Recalls Mount

More companies pull products from shelves as FDA advises consumers not to eat anything but jars of peanut butter while salmonella probe continues

1/19/2009
Women in Coastal Areas Have Higher Mercury Levels

Study finds increase tied to income, ethnicity, types of seafood consumed

1/19/2009
Low-Cost Strategies to Maintain Health in Hard Times

Staying fit doesn't have to break the bank, experts say

1/18/2009
FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Peanut Butter Products

Agency advises against everything but jars of peanut butter as salmonella probe widens; more companies issue recall notices for products; toll at 470 sickened, 6 dead, in 43 states and Canada

1/18/2009
Exercise Tips for Seniors to Start a Healthy 2009

Get a checkup, know your options, and get going, council urges

1/17/2009
Hard, Cold Facts About Frostbite

Takes only minutes when temperatures drop to cause permanent damage, group warns

1/16/2009
Game, Not Gore, Keeps Video Players Playing

Deeper satisfaction trumps violent content among gamers, study finds

1/16/2009
FDA Warns of Skin-Numbing Drug Dangers

Popular topical anesthetics can cause severe reactions when used improperly, agency says

1/15/2009
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings

Rates hover around 50 percent, despite proven benefits, report says

1/15/2009
Walking Is Good for Blocked Leg Arteries

Study shows value of exercise in treating peripheral arterial disease

1/15/2009
Menthol Cigarettes the Most Addictive

These smokers find it much harder to quit, study finds

1/15/2009
Booze Taxes Lower Drinking Rates

Price hikes affect wide range of tipplers, study finds

1/15/2009
Kellogg Halts Sales of Peanut Butter Crackers

Cereal giant calls action 'precautionary' as salmonella outbreak probe continues; 5 deaths now linked; victim count up to 430 in 43 states

1/14/2009
Meningitis Vaccine Seems to Work Like a Charm

Study finds it has led to a considerable reduction in infection rates

1/14/2009
Surgeon's Checklist Saves Lives

List is being adopted in the U.S. and around the world, researchers say

1/14/2009
Hispanics Respond Poorly to Standard Hepatitis C Therapy

They and blacks still share outcome disparities in treatment of liver disease, study says

1/14/2009
Blood Flow Measurement Boosts Stent Outcomes

Technology reduces deaths, complications, but may be too costly for some centers, experts say

1/14/2009
Bed Bugs, Nearly Eradicated, Make a Comeback

Study finds blood-sucking critters' resistance to insecticides increasing in urban areas

1/14/2009
More Peanut Butter Recalled in Salmonella Outbreak

Va. company issues nationwide recall as number of people sickened in outbreak rises to 425 in 43 states; 3 deaths appear linked

1/14/2009
FDA Finds No Link So Far Between Asthma Drugs and Suicide Risk

Singulair, top-selling drug for teens, plus Accolate and Zyflo show no behavioral changes in trials submitted by manufacturers, agency says; safety review to continue

1/13/2009
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection

Two extra steps improve results, study finds