Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

11/18/2008
Non-AIDS Cancer Risk Higher for Those With HIV

As life span has increased, they now face greater threat from other disease, study says

11/18/2008
Vitamin C, E Supplements Won't Help Prevent Cancer

Findings follow similar results for the prevention of heart disease

11/18/2008
Robots May Come to Aging Boomers' Rescue

These in-home companions could aid, watch over frail elderly, experts say

11/18/2008
2nd Generation Antidepressants Prove Effective

New guideline from American College of Physicians calls them equally good

11/17/2008
Drugs to Treat Lung Damage in Preemies May Harm Brain

Even when given before birth, glucocorticoids tied to cognitive, motor control problems in mice

11/17/2008
Wealthy More Likely to Have Breast Reconstruction

Black women less likely than white women to have reconstruction after mastectomy

11/17/2008
Study Singles Out Beachgoers' Skin Cancer Risk

The most vulnerable use the least sunscreen, have greatest desire to tan

11/17/2008
Established EU Countries Healthier Than Newcomers

Study says quality years could be extended with more elder-care funds

11/17/2008
Smoking May Harm the Egg, Embryo

Study in mice points to real damage, scientists say

11/16/2008
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men

Experts offer advice on how to get ready for a colonoscopy

11/15/2008
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble

November is health awareness month, so check with a physician if you're in pain

11/14/2008
Early Life Peanut Consumption Might Prevent Allergy

But experts say study results aren't sufficient to counter current warnings

11/14/2008
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children

Trees, parks get inner city kids moving, study finds

11/14/2008
Pregnant Rural Women More at Risk

Poverty, social deprivation among factors boosting odds of preeclampsia, hypertension

11/14/2008
IV 'Ice Slurry' Quickly Cools Body for Surgeries

Innovative approach could give heart attack victims, other patients more time, developers say

11/14/2008
Unique Bone Marrow Transplant Said to Cure Sickle Cell

Technique is safe and effective, say Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh reseachers

11/14/2008
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight

Close monitoring means type 1 patients can avoid retinopathy, study suggests

11/14/2008
Health Tip: Driving During Winter

Stock your car with supplies

11/13/2008
Pelvic Inflammation Puts Girls at Risk for Repeat STIs

Behavioral counseling needs to go beyond merely urging safe sex practices, study says