Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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12/30/2008
High Insulin May Boost Odds of Breast Cancer

Finding may clarify the disease's connection to obesity

12/29/2008
Food Phosphates Might Spur Lung Cancer

Accelerated growth of tumors seen in mouse study

12/29/2008
Many Teens Don't Keep Virginity Pledges

Pledgers are also less likely to use birth control, study finds

12/26/2008
Climate Change May Boost Contact With Pollutants

Exposure to elevated ozone levels associated with increased hospital admissions

12/25/2008
Tips to Ease an Aching Back

Holidays or any day, bad mechanics can lead to pain and stiffness

12/25/2008
How to Avoid a Holiday Trip to the ER

Following basic safety rules should help keep celebrants safe

12/24/2008
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive

Review finds it may cut cardiac mortality but not help those with heart rhythm problems

12/23/2008
Drug Combinations Putting Seniors at Risk

Mixing prescription, nonprescription meds poses dangers, researchers say

12/23/2008
Health Tip: Enjoy Sledding Safely

Suggestions to avoid injury

12/23/2008
Gene Ups Risk for Those on Blood-Thinner Plavix

Younger patients with the mutation faced higher odds of heart attack, death, studies found

12/22/2008
Vitamin D Deficit in Pregnancy Tied to Caesarean Risk

Women with deficiency at time of delivery had almost 4 times the odds, study says

12/22/2008
Blue and Broke for the Holidays

Economic woes ratchet up mental health problems already more common this time of year

12/21/2008
The Best Holiday Toys Are Safe Holiday Toys

New federal law requires extensive testing before they hit store shelves

12/21/2008
Eating Strategies for Healthier Holiday Parties

Easy-to-follow tips can take the guilt, and the calories, out of the equation

12/20/2008
For the Obese, Holiday Tables Serve Platefuls of Doubt

But fear of social pressures can be overcome with honest approach to food, expert says

12/19/2008
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes

Brisk walking, limiting TV seems to benefit this high-risk group

12/19/2008
Moms-to-Be Who Drink May Damage Fetus' White Matter

Study says brain microstructural changes may lead to cognitive problems

12/19/2008
Almost Half of Kids Still Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

Survey says that despite progress, more is needed to clean up air in homes, cars

12/19/2008
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength

Regular participation can also reduce risk of falls, study says

12/19/2008
Avoid Holiday Injuries

Ideas for safe decorating

12/19/2008
Low Doses of Melamine Won't Harm Kids' Kidneys

Hong Kong researchers found most of those exposed to tainted products were OK

12/18/2008
Depression, Anxiety Hinder Quality of Life After Stroke

Rehab efforts should focus on coping styles to boost outcomes, study says

12/18/2008
Elective Early Deliveries Pose Risks for Babies

C-sections done too soon can lead to respiratory trouble, other problems, doctors say

12/18/2008
Coated Stents Better Than Bare Metal Ones in Short Run

But slightly higher mortality rates showed up after 3 years, study finds

12/18/2008
Experts Say Blood Sugar Guidelines Remain Effective

Despite conflicting studies, diabetes groups say good glycemic control still best course

12/18/2008
Government Launches Nursing Home Rating System

Five-star rankings aim to help families choose best option

12/18/2008
'Hot' Toys May Not Be the Best Present

Giving the gift of your time with kids is one option to consider

12/18/2008
Toxic Poinsettias? Hangover Cures? It May Be All Fiction

Researchers debunk common holiday and wintertime health myths

12/17/2008
Phenols in Quality Olive Oil Suppress Breast Cancer Gene

But study cautions lab findings were at levels unlikely to be achieved in real life

12/17/2008
Alzheimer's Drugs Also Treat Behavioral, Psych Problems

Therapy effective at same dosage used to improve cognitive impairment, study says

12/17/2008
Older Drugs Better at Fighting Depression in Parkinson's Patients

Study finds more success when multiple brain receptors are targeted

12/17/2008
Independent Audit of Global Child Immunizations Urged

Survey finds overpayments to some countries where data doesn't match WHO reports

12/17/2008
School Program Helps Cut Asthma Risks

Urban teens seem to benefit at a time when they're starting to control their own care

12/17/2008
Newborn Hospital Deaths Highest for Those Without Insurance

And those transferred between facilities also had higher mortality rates, study says

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