Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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12/2/2008
Health Tip: Using a Carbon Monoxide Detector

What to do if the alarm sounds

12/2/2008
CT Colonography Screens for Cancer, Osteoporosis

Abdominal scan checks bone mineral density with no additional radiation, minimal cost

12/2/2008
Drug Effective for Temporary Sleep Disruptions

Trials of tasimelteon show it could aid shift workers, people affected by jet lag

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

Fellow occupants can help keep driving safe, research shows

12/1/2008
Few Young Adults Seek Treatment for Psych Disorders

Alcohol, nicotine use, personality illnesses common, study shows

12/1/2008
FDA Touts Efforts to Enhance Food Safety

Critics see problems with the agency's goals, commitment and resources

12/1/2008
Low Childhood IQ Tied to Risk of Later Mental Disorders

While mechanism is unclear, findings may help improve treatment for psychiatric problems

12/1/2008
Young Gymnasts Facing Broad Range of New Injuries

MRI scans show knuckle, wrist and bone damage that could develop into early osteoarthritis

12/1/2008
Guideline Urges HIV Tests for All Patients 13 and Older

Physicians' group, citing World AIDS Day, says colleagues can prevent spread of infection

12/1/2008
Hopes for AIDS Vaccine Still Alive Despite Setbacks

The lesson from 2 failed trials: The science must be more vigorous, experts say

11/28/2008
Transfusing Anemic Cancer Patients Boosts Clot Risk

But the danger is about the same as using drugs for treatment, study suggests

11/28/2008
Beware of Toxic Toys This Holiday Season

Dangerous chemicals make some playthings unfit for kids, report claims

11/27/2008
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span

November is lung cancer awareness month, and doctors urge everyone to kick the habit

11/27/2008
School Soda Ban Has Limited Effect

Eliminating sugary beverages did not affect overall consumption, study finds

11/27/2008
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated

Study finds germs appear even in the presence of disinfecting solutions

11/26/2008
CT Scans Can Spot Blocked Arteries

But debate continues as to whether they are worth the expense

11/26/2008
Universal Testing, Prompt Treatment Could Slash HIV

Computer model suggests the strategy would lower infections by 95% within a decade

11/26/2008
Hairspray Exposure Ups Risk for Birth Defect in Sons

Stylists, beauticians may be affected by phthalates in these products, experts say

11/26/2008
Improper Microwaving Led to Pot Pie-Salmonella Outbreak

CDC urges clearer cooking instructions to protect consumers

11/26/2008
Holiday Meals With a Calorie-Conscious Twist

Swapping out heavy ingredients can mean healthier eating without the guilt, experts say

11/25/2008
Limited Value Found for First-Generation Heart Pumps

But newer models are much more effective, expert says

11/25/2008
Steroid Inhalers Raise Pneumonia Risk for Lung Disease Patients

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder must weigh risks, benefits, experts say

11/25/2008
A Third of Medicare Clients Unfamiliar With Benefits

Findings cut across race, education levels, and could affect quality of health care, study says

11/25/2008
Live Chickens on Trucks Could Transmit Dangerous Germs

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in cars traveling behind tractor-trailers carrying fowl

11/24/2008
New Migraine Drug Shows Promise

Telcagepant works differently than standard triptans, researchers say

11/24/2008
5 Million People a Year Use Self-Help Addiction Programs

U.S. report finds 2.3 million of them currently abstain from alcohol, drugs

11/24/2008
Study Calls for Greater Scrutiny of 'Off-Label' Drug Use

Doctors often prescribe medicines for conditions that haven't been studied thoroughly

11/24/2008
Gasping Is Good When It Comes to Cardiac Arrest

Those who do have better survival odds, but swift action is needed

11/24/2008
Fewer than 1 in 10 Nurses Now Smoke

That's a steep decline, but the numbers are still troubling, researchers say

11/23/2008
An Allergy Checklist for Holiday Gatherings

Guests with asthma, respiratory disease will enjoy the party if hosts plan wisely

11/22/2008
Substitutions Make Holiday Fare Healthier

Altering recipes to cut fat, salt a quick fix without losing taste, experts say

11/21/2008
Long-Term Erythromycin Cut COPD Complications

But researchers remain cautious about future antibiotic resistance from widespread use

11/21/2008
ADHD Medications Don't Pose Cancer Risk

Study found 2 popular drugs do not cause genetic damage that can lead to disease

11/21/2008
New Type of Ebola Virus Discovered

2007 outbreak in Uganda genetically distinct from other known species

11/20/2008
Colorectal Cancer Screens Detect Unrecognized Disease

Finnish study says about 40% returned positive results in review of national program

11/20/2008
Specialized Stroke Care Improves Outcomes

And for those hospitals without dedicated units, telemedicine can bridge gap, study says

11/20/2008
U.S. Lags on HIV Testing Goals

Despite call for routine exams, 60,000 Americans were infected last year

11/20/2008
Colorectal Cancer Treatment Costs Vary Widely

Chemotherapy figures alone may differ by almost $37,000 per patient, study finds

11/20/2008
Vitamin D Deficit Could Lead to Heart Woes

Winter's lack of sun means adults at risk should be monitored, experts say

11/20/2008
Parent Smoking During Pregnancy Raises Kids' Heart Risks

More carotid artery thickening in these young adults points to danger, study finds

11/20/2008
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals

Review suggests preserving natural teeth should be top priority for patients, clinicians

11/19/2008
Early HIV Treatment Best for Babies

It saves lives and slows the progression of AIDS, study confirms

11/19/2008
New Scan Spots Beginning of Bone Problems in Anorexics

Structural abnormalities start early, researchers report

11/19/2008
Child-Care Relationships Tied to Kids' Stress Levels

At school or home, they can raise long-term health risks, studies say

11/19/2008
Compound Tied to Cognitive Deficits in Schizophrenia

High kynurenic acid levels like 'gasoline on the fire' of affected neurotransmitters

11/19/2008
Long-Term Antibiotic Use Affects 'Good' Gut Bacteria

Study finds up to 30% of beneficial species, strains are significantly affected

11/18/2008
China Documents First Case of Tick-Borne Disease Spread

Human-to-human transfer caused by contact with blood, respiratory secretion

11/18/2008
Cancer Drugs May Treat Type 1 Diabetes

Experiments in mice show Gleevec and Sutent reverse, prevent autoimmune disease

11/18/2008
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel

Reports of allergic reactions, other problems have surfaced with these products, experts say

11/18/2008
Home-Based Programs Benefit Older Cancer Survivors

They improved ability to live and function when enrolled in tailored interventions