Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

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