Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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1/13/2009
Diet, Exercise Cut Kids' Risk for Metabolic Syndrome

Preventing obesity boosts blood vessel function even without weight loss, study says

1/13/2009
U.S. Chlamydia Infections Hit All-Time High

Million-plus cases reported; women and minorities disproportionately affected, CDC says

1/13/2009
Counseling Lacking for Adolescents With Arthritis

Study says more programs needed for transition to adult health care

1/13/2009
Vicks VapoRub Linked to Infant Breathing Problems

Misuse may cause respiratory distress, researchers say; company says product is safe

1/13/2009
Minn. Confirms Tainted Peanut Butter Link to Salmonella Outbreak

Health officials report genetic match; Ohio distributor recalls two King Nut brands; CDC says more than 400 in 43 states sickened

1/12/2009
HRT Shrinks the Brain

But research shows it does not damage cerebral blood vessels in older women

1/12/2009
Sodium, Potassium Intake Tied to Heart Disease

Study finds 24% greater risk per unit increase in salt-to-mineral ratio

1/12/2009
Cold Weather May Raise Blood Pressure in Elderly

Seasonal variance suggests target for better treatments

1/12/2009
Photos of Smokers Trigger Brain Reaction in Those Trying to Quit

Imaging study shows why cigarettes are so hard to abandon

1/12/2009
With Depression, Vets Face Higher Suicide Risk

Experts urge more attention be paid after hospital discharge

1/12/2009
Peanut Butter Recalled as Salmonella Search Continues

Ohio distributor issues recall of King Nut brand after Minn. officials find bacteria in one container; almost 400 Americans in 42 states have been sickened

1/12/2009
Nationwide Cell Phone Ban for Drivers Urged

High-tech devices cause distraction and account for more than 500,000 crashes a year, National Safety Council says

1/10/2009
When It's Cold Outside, Be Careful Inside With Heaters

1 in 6 house fires are blamed on faulty heating equipment

1/9/2009
Officials Still Seek Source of Salmonella Outbreak

Almost 400 Americans in 42 states have been sickened

1/8/2009
Preparing for a Chlorine Gas Disaster

Study of S.C. accident could help other communities take necessary steps

1/7/2009
Europe Unlikely to Meet Measles Goals: Report

Suboptimum vaccination rates cast doubt on ability to eliminate disease by 2010

1/6/2009
More Than 60,000 Patients Risked Hepatitis Infections

Poor infection-control practices to blame, U.S. study finds

1/6/2009
Employer-Sponsored Workouts Boost Workers' Health

Study at Home Depot saw big increase in employees working out

1/5/2009
Diabetes Epidemic Now Poses Challenges for Nursing Homes

Care for aging people with the disease falls short, study finds

1/5/2009
Car Key Device Jams Teens' Cell Phones

Inventor's ignition gadget prevents calls or texting while driving

1/5/2009
War Vets With Headaches Could Have Brain Problems

Reduced sense of smell might also signal need for testing, expert says

1/5/2009
Health Tip: Help Prevent Toy Injuries

Make sure they're age-appropriate

1/2/2009
To Protect Yourself, Wash Those Germs Away

Doctors say it's the best way to keep colds and flu at bay

1/2/2009
Shovel Snow Safely

Experts offer tips on how to avoid injury while performing winter task

1/1/2009
Insomnia Costs Billions in Lost Productivity

Canadian study hints at huge costs here in the United States

12/31/2008
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes

Careful opening techniques can help prevent serious injuries

12/31/2008
Health Tip: Choosing a Crib

Help keep baby safe

12/31/2008
Dubious Drugs, Tainted Foods Top 2008's Health Stories

But deaths from heart disease, cancer show encouraging drop

12/30/2008
High Insulin May Boost Odds of Breast Cancer

Finding may clarify the disease's connection to obesity

12/29/2008
Food Phosphates Might Spur Lung Cancer

Accelerated growth of tumors seen in mouse study

12/29/2008
Many Teens Don't Keep Virginity Pledges

Pledgers are also less likely to use birth control, study finds

12/26/2008
Climate Change May Boost Contact With Pollutants

Exposure to elevated ozone levels associated with increased hospital admissions

12/25/2008
Tips to Ease an Aching Back

Holidays or any day, bad mechanics can lead to pain and stiffness

12/25/2008
How to Avoid a Holiday Trip to the ER

Following basic safety rules should help keep celebrants safe

12/24/2008
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive

Review finds it may cut cardiac mortality but not help those with heart rhythm problems

12/23/2008
Drug Combinations Putting Seniors at Risk

Mixing prescription, nonprescription meds poses dangers, researchers say

12/23/2008
Health Tip: Enjoy Sledding Safely

Suggestions to avoid injury

12/23/2008
Gene Ups Risk for Those on Blood-Thinner Plavix

Younger patients with the mutation faced higher odds of heart attack, death, studies found

12/22/2008
Vitamin D Deficit in Pregnancy Tied to Caesarean Risk

Women with deficiency at time of delivery had almost 4 times the odds, study says

12/22/2008
Blue and Broke for the Holidays

Economic woes ratchet up mental health problems already more common this time of year

12/21/2008
The Best Holiday Toys Are Safe Holiday Toys

New federal law requires extensive testing before they hit store shelves

12/21/2008
Eating Strategies for Healthier Holiday Parties

Easy-to-follow tips can take the guilt, and the calories, out of the equation

12/20/2008
For the Obese, Holiday Tables Serve Platefuls of Doubt

But fear of social pressures can be overcome with honest approach to food, expert says

12/19/2008
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes

Brisk walking, limiting TV seems to benefit this high-risk group

12/19/2008
Moms-to-Be Who Drink May Damage Fetus' White Matter

Study says brain microstructural changes may lead to cognitive problems

12/19/2008
Almost Half of Kids Still Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

Survey says that despite progress, more is needed to clean up air in homes, cars

12/19/2008
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength

Regular participation can also reduce risk of falls, study says

12/19/2008
Avoid Holiday Injuries

Ideas for safe decorating

12/19/2008
Low Doses of Melamine Won't Harm Kids' Kidneys

Hong Kong researchers found most of those exposed to tainted products were OK

12/18/2008
Elective Early Deliveries Pose Risks for Babies

C-sections done too soon can lead to respiratory trouble, other problems, doctors say