Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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4/28/2009
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk

As population ages, even small changes affect incidence, study finds

4/27/2009
40 Swine Flu Cases Now Reported in U.S.

Health officials checking persons entering the country for signs of sickness

4/27/2009
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts

Two reports show promise of computers, pharmacists for proper prescribing

4/26/2009
U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency in Response to Swine Flu

A precautionary measure, the move allows federal and state governments easier access to flu tests and medications

4/25/2009
WHO Warns of Possible Pandemic as Mexico Seeks to Contain Swine Flu

3 new cases reported in United States, health officials say

4/24/2009
At Least 20 Dead, Hundreds Ill in Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico

Officials find links between Mexican virus and strain that sickened 8 people in California, Texas

4/23/2009
Swine Flu Cases Now Total 7: CDC

All patients, in California and Texas, have recovered from unique virus

4/23/2009
Medicare Change May Impact Black Kidney Patients

Single payment plan for dialysis and meds could put many at disadvantage, study suggests

4/23/2009
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return

Study finds vets at higher risk of aggressive recurrence only 8 months after surgery

4/23/2009
Safety Measures Urged for Tree-Care Workers

CDC report finds an average of 80 die each year while trimming trees

4/23/2009
Kids Given Photos of Sunburn Damage Covered Up Better

Study says every preteen should get UV snapshot of what exposure can do to their skin

4/22/2009
Staying Slim Is Good for the Environment

Sustaining heavier people produces more greenhouse gases, researchers say

4/22/2009
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men

Study finds benefit from consuming just one serving a week

4/21/2009
Charring Meat May Boost Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Increases production of carcinogens thought to invite disease, study finds

4/21/2009
Compound in Berries May Lessen Sun Damage

Study in mice finds ellagic acid, also in nuts, limits wrinkling

4/20/2009
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk

But glucose-based beverages may not have same impact, study finds

4/20/2009
Doctor-Patient Talks Key to Blacks Getting Cancer Screens

Poor communication a major problem in low screening rates but one that can be fixed, study suggests

4/18/2009
Group Urges Public to Take Free Asthma Tests in May

It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

4/17/2009
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels

As little as 10 minutes of exposure changes cardiovascular function, researchers say

4/16/2009
Study Reveals How Salmonella 'Hijacks' Cells

Researchers spot mechanism that may be applicable to other pathogens

4/14/2009
Former Inmates at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure

And they're more likely to lack treatment for it years after freedom, study finds

4/13/2009
4/11/2009
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?

Experts debate pros, cons of consumption and mercury exposure

4/11/2009
Safety Tips That Will Earn Barbecuers a 'Well Done'

Putting common sense on menu is best way to avoid grill burns and accidents, experts say

4/10/2009
Cleaning Concoctions Best Left to Experts

Industry group says, 'Think twice before mixing once' to avoid harm

4/10/2009
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health

Even walking half an hour a day can boost longevity, study finds

4/10/2009
Parkinson's Drugs Can Trigger Unhealthy Behaviors

But lower doses of dopamine agonists appear to curb compulsive acting out, study says

4/9/2009
Declines in Foodborne Illness Have Plateaued, Report Says

FDA official cites need to modernize government efforts

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