Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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Seizure Meds Can Be Safely Withdrawn From Kids With Epilepsy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
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