Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

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