Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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10/29/2008
Flu Vaccine Could Prevent 357,000 Deaths in Pandemic

Predictive model shows shots would also save $7 billion in related health-care costs

10/29/2008
U.S. Hospitals Lag in Patient Satisfaction

Pain management, discharge instructions not rated high in survey

10/29/2008
Two Preemie Treatments May Not Help

Insulin, light therapy show disappointing results for the smallest babies, studies show

10/29/2008
Threat From Infectious Diseases Growing

Report points to globalization, drug resistance and climate change as culprits

10/28/2008
Today's Smokers More Addicted to Nicotine

The less-hooked may have already quit, leaving 'hard-core' group behind, experts say

10/28/2008
Bayer Marketing Two Unapproved Aspirin Products: FDA

Warning letters issued for Bayer Heart Advantage, Bayer Women's Low Dose Aspirin + Calcium

10/28/2008
Too Few Understand Diabetes' Dangers

Americans more fearful of shark bites than this common, potentially lethal disease, survey shows

10/28/2008
When It Comes to Flu, the More Who Get Vaccine, the Better

While not possible to protect all, studies show shots cut deaths, hospital visits

10/27/2008
Etanercept, Methotrexate Safe for Juvenile RA

Review finds use, even in combo, an effective long-term treatment

10/27/2008
Genetic Approach Boosts Yeast Infection Treatment

Inhibiting protein could yield new drug targets for mucosal fungus found in most people

10/27/2008
Health Tip: Use Tools Safely

Help prevent accidents and injury

10/27/2008
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22

Journalist Gail Sheehy's painful passage through U.S. health system echoes that of many caregivers

10/27/2008
Most Off-Label Cancer Drug Use for Palliative Care

International review finds it's an accepted treatment in adults as well as children

10/26/2008
Purple Tomato Extended Lives of Cancer-Prone Mice

Snapdragon flower pigments produced color, antioxidants in genetically modified fruit

10/26/2008
Family Flu Shots Protect Babies Before Leaving Hospital

Vaccinating those in closest contact with newborns provides 'cocooning effect'

10/25/2008
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety

False lenses, sharp props can make fright night scarier for all, eye group warns

10/24/2008
Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids

Using cooking appliances as heat source a hallmark of urban poverty, study notes

10/24/2008
10/24/2008
Anti-Drug TV Campaign Didn't Curb Teen Pot Use: Study

Researchers suggest increased exposure to government ads brought no added value

10/23/2008
Standard Hepatitis C Treatment Cost-Effective for Prisoners

Study finds therapy reduces new infections, cuts outlays

10/23/2008
Depression During Pregnancy May Cause Premature Birth

And preterm birth is leading cause of infant mortality, study notes

10/23/2008
Exercise Improves Stroke Outcome

Attacks are also less severe among people who are active, researchers say

10/23/2008
Speedy Care After Heart Attack Key to Survival

Heart association says cooling body, checking arteries lowers risk of further injury

10/23/2008
Hydrogen Sulfide Key Player in Blood Pressure Regulation

Mouse study finds 'rotten egg'-smelling gas relaxes arteries, may have broader applications

10/23/2008
High Fructose Diet Inhibits Appetite Hormone

Sugary fare led to leptin resistance in rats that boosted obesity risk, study says

10/22/2008
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated

Lifestyle changes, the drug metformin remain recommended initial therapy

10/22/2008
Food Allergies Up 18% Among U.S. Children

Reactions lead to higher risk for asthma, other respiratory problems, CDC report says

10/22/2008
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk

Availability of cheap foods, larger portions changes dining behavior, Japanese study says

10/21/2008
Sex Partners Get STD Alerts by E-mail

Report shows 30,000 have used Internet service to handle delivery of delicate news

10/21/2008
Interventions to Promote Breast-Feeding Succeed

Education before and after birth helps new moms participate, task force says

10/21/2008
Inflammation, Coagulation Tied to Non-AIDS Deaths in HIV Cases

Some antiretroviral therapies boosted mortality from other diseases, study finds

10/21/2008
One-Quarter of Biologic Drugs Have Had Safety Issues

International analysis finds 11% issued 'black box' warnings by FDA

10/20/2008
Western Diet Boosts Global Heart Attack Risk 30%

But study also finds 'Oriental' pattern little benefit either way because of salty sauces

10/20/2008
Light-Activated Therapy Seems to Rejuvenate Aging Skin

Photosensitive med plus pulsed laser boosted collagen, study says

10/20/2008
HIV Can Re-Emerge From a Single Cell

Findings show patients should take their medications as prescribed

10/20/2008
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal

Findings suggest combo treatments less effective, more painful than singular procedures

10/20/2008
Secondhand Smoke Worse for Children

Kids at higher risk, since they breathe in more air by weight than adults, study says

10/20/2008
Education Helps Women Make Safer Tanning Choices

Instructional booklet altered attitudes about indoor salons

10/19/2008
Study Urges Low-Tech Solutions for Medical Errors

Color-coding system worked well in simulated emergency room situations

10/17/2008
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health

A quarter haven't seen vision specialist in 2 years, survey finds

10/17/2008
Red Wine Compound May Slow Drinking-Linked Liver Condition

Mouse study suggests resveratrol impedes fatty buildup in the organ, which is linked to cirrhosis

10/17/2008
Occasional Smoking Still Does Damage

Study finds that less than a pack a week can impair arteries

10/17/2008
Scientists Hot on Trail of New Antibiotics

Natural compounds could mean faster treatments for TB, fight other drug-resistant bacteria

10/17/2008
Doctors Often Overestimate Patients' Health Literacy

Clients misunderstand written screening tools, but 'talking' computer program helped

10/17/2008
10/17/2008
Mammograms Remain Best Way to Spot Breast Cancer

Friday is National Mammography Day

10/17/2008
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment

Misuse of chemicals contributes to hospital-acquired infections, study says

10/16/2008
Fatness Boosts Inflammation in Body

But regular exercise may condition cells to respond more efficiently, study says

10/16/2008
Travel Was as Dangerous 500 Years Ago as Today: Study

Changing modes of transport have had little effect on unintentional injuries

10/15/2008
U.S. Ranks 29th in Infant Mortality

Rate is 50% higher than national goal, CDC says