Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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12/17/2008
Magnets in Kids' Toys Pose Broad Dangers

Swallowing them can block bowel; warnings not mandated on packages, study says

12/17/2008
Nature's Fury Makes South Most Dangerous Area in U.S.

But new 'death map' shows that no region is truly safe from extreme heat, weather

12/16/2008
FDA Faults Drug Information for Consumers

Pamphlets given out by pharmacies aren't always easy to understand

12/16/2008
Small Doses of Carbon Monoxide Might Help Stroke Victims

Mouse study showed it reduced brain damage after attack

12/16/2008
ICU Nutritional Program Failed to Boost Outcomes

Early feeding didn't cut length of stay either, study finds

12/16/2008
Smoking Ups Colon Cancer Risk

Most significant effect was seen after 30 years of smoking, researchers say

12/16/2008
Program Aids Hospital Compliance With Stroke Guidelines

Goal is to improve use of treatments proven to cut post-illness complications

12/16/2008
Health Tip: Where to Keep a Fire Extinguisher

An inexpensive way to help prevent a catastrophe

12/16/2008
HIV Can Penetrate a Woman's Healthy Genital Skin

Study finds virus can reach immune cells in just 4 hours

12/15/2008
Deciphering the Language of Intoxication

Tipsy and drunk mean different things to men and women and could alter treatment, study finds

12/12/2008
'Airport Malaria' Risk Rising With Global Warming

Researchers say once inhospitable climes becoming more conducive to spread

12/12/2008
Health Tip: Be Cautious at Christmas

Safety suggestions for holiday decorations

12/11/2008
FDA Puts Black-Box Warning on Bowel-Cleansing Drugs

Prescription products, used to prep for colonoscopy, may harm the kidneys, agency says; non-prescription treatments also will get warnings

12/11/2008
Multiple ICD Replacements Can Predict Complications

Those with history of repeat surgeries likely to face infection, bleeding, study finds

12/10/2008
U.S. May Soon Face Shortage of General Surgeons

It means people will wait longer for ER treatment, elective procedures, study says

12/10/2008
MRI Can Spot Presymptomatic MS

A third of patients with suspect scans develop the disease within 5 years, study finds

12/10/2008
Secondhand Smoke Boosts Asthmatic Boys' Behavior Woes

Nicotine could alter youngsters' nervous systems, researchers say

12/10/2008
Car Crashes, Falls Top List of Accidental Injuries for Kids

CDC researchers say it's an under-recognized public health problem

12/10/2008
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury

Orthopedic surgeons offer tips on knowing when you're ready to drive again

12/10/2008
2 Diabetes Drugs Double Fracture Risk in Women

Both Avandia and Actos lower bone density, new analysis shows

12/8/2008
Mediterranean Diet Enriched With Nuts Cuts Heart Risks

Study says metabolic abnormalities better regulated when following this approach

12/8/2008
Mineral May Reduce High-Risk Bladder Disease

Study says selenium, particularly for women and those with p53 gene mutation, may help

12/8/2008
Single Men Less Likely to Get Prostate Screens

This held true even for men with a family history of the disease, researchers say

12/8/2008
Seizure Meds Can Be Safely Withdrawn From Kids With Epilepsy

Study finds relatively low risk of developing intractable disease

12/6/2008
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent

Stress is everywhere, but learning what relaxes you can help, expert says

12/5/2008
Flu Shots Worthwhile for College Students

Getting seasonal vaccine reduced illness rates, missed classes, study shows

12/5/2008
New Statistical Model Could Cut Needless Breast Biopsies

But further study needed before method can become standard, researchers say

12/5/2008
Poor Mental Health May Boost Asthma Risk

But, researchers are still trying to understand the connection

12/5/2008
New Criteria Could Expand Number of Liver Transplant Candidates

Closer look at tumors boosts chances for those denied under current protocols, study says

12/5/2008
Self-Dosing Pain Medication Errors Too Common: Study

Review urges tighter controls for intravenous use, standardization of practices

12/5/2008
Lung Disease Tied to Increased Risk for Cardiac Events

IPF patients 3 times more likely to suffer heart problems, study says

12/4/2008
Experimental Vaginal Gel Doesn't Ward Off HIV

South African women using Carraguard had no decrease in infections, trial found

12/4/2008
Gene Tied to Infants' Lung Maturation

Deleting it in mice caused fatal respiratory distress, study says

12/4/2008
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines

150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week

12/4/2008
Doctors Issue New Neuropathy Test Guidelines

Common nerve problem best diagnosed with combination of assessments, researchers say

12/4/2008
Worldwide Measles Deaths Drop Dramatically

They plunged 74% from 2000 to 2007, report shows

12/4/2008
Cervical Cancer Vaccine Well Tolerated

Reactions such as hives called 'idiosyncratic,' study finds

12/4/2008
Binge Drinking Clogs Arteries With Plaque

Immune cells stick inside blood vessels causing inflammation, blockage, study finds

12/3/2008
Hepatitis C Therapy Useless for Some

Those who don't respond at first not helped by maintenance treatment, study shows

12/3/2008
Report Confirms Source of Contaminated Heparin

A man-made chemical was added to the blood thinner imported from China

12/3/2008
Blood Pressure Pill Combo More Effective Than Diuretics

Study suggests need to change therapeutic guidelines

12/3/2008
School-Based Program Can Change Kids' Lives

A Seattle project was linked to better education, mental health 15 years later

12/3/2008
Latest Breast Imaging Techniques Offer New Views

Neither will replace mammography for screening yet, experts say

12/2/2008
Children of U.S. Farmworkers Often Uninsured

Problem is worst among migrant, immigrant families, study finds

12/2/2008
Generic Heart Drugs as Good as Brand-Name Counterparts

Review found most were as effective, despite editorials urging opposite

12/2/2008
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy

Seeing a face helps create empathy and improves attention to the scan, study shows

12/2/2008
TV, Internet Causing Kids Harm: Report

Media in general is boosting rates of obesity, other woes, experts say

12/2/2008
Folate in Early Pregnancy May Boost Wheezing in Baby

Infants born to moms who took it in first 3 months more likely to have respiratory woes

12/2/2008
Economy Driving Women to Skimp on Health Care: Poll

And that can affect whole families, experts point out

12/2/2008
Car Cell Phone Use More Hazardous Than Chat With Passengers

Fellow occupants can help keep driving safe, research shows