Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

4/2/2009
Plain-Language Guides Detail Insulin Treatments

U.S. agency compiles comparison of therapies for both doctors and patients

4/1/2009
Living Near Major Road May Boost Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

And women closest to traffic were 63 percent more likely to develop the disease, study says

3/31/2009
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey

Those with the best rankings had similar death rates to those with the worst marks

3/30/2009
Labels on OTC Painkillers Need Improvement

Study found safety warnings for kids were missed, could be more prominent

3/29/2009
Tips to Avoid Spring Cleaning Mishaps

Whether inside or out, projects require care and caution

3/27/2009
Third of EMS Stethoscopes Carry MRSA Bacterium

Doctor urges first responders to clean equipment regularly with alcohol wipes

3/27/2009
Scientists Capture HIV Transfer Among T-Cells on Video

Team suggests there are many targets now for interfering with the process

3/27/2009
Most Fatalities in Teen Crashes Are Not the Drivers

Stats show safety programs need to be extended to others on road as well, study finds

3/27/2009
Patients' Bill of Rights Too Tough to Read

Analysis shows most documents require reading skills beyond those of general population

3/25/2009
Gene Test May ID Younger Women at Risk for Melanoma

Variation found in more than 40% of females under 50 raises odds almost 4-fold

3/25/2009
U.S. Urged to Start 'Fixing the Problem' of Food Safety

Creation of a separate federal agency is needed, new report says

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