Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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10/15/2008
Web Site on Medical Research in Kids Launched

NIH-sponsored effort informs parents about safeguards in pediatric clinical trials

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

Rate is 50% higher than national goal, CDC says

10/15/2008
Smoking Makes You Old Before Your Time

It even affects quality of life in those who quit, Finnish study reports.

10/14/2008
Cancer Screenings for Medicaid Patients Miss Targets

Only about half receive recommended tests for colon, breast, cervical disease, study finds

10/14/2008
Heart Docs Often Fail to Order Tests Before Angioplasty

Cardiac stress tests show whether a patient even needs the procedure, experts say

10/14/2008
Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble

The combination contributes to age-related macular degeneration, study finds

10/14/2008
Caffeine Consumption Doesn't Raise Overall Breast Cancer Risk

Large study did discover link with benign breast disease, or when tumor was larger

10/14/2008
Inactive Teens at Risk for More Behavioral Problems

Exercise reduces symptoms of depression, anxiety in adults, too, study says

10/14/2008
Warfarin Underused in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Study says blood thinner not prescribed often enough, but notes it's hard to manage

10/14/2008
Death Rate 70% Lower at Top U.S. Hospitals

If all centers performed as well, over 237,000 lives might have been saved, survey finds

10/13/2008
Why Some Kids Are Bullied From the Start

Study finds early aggression, harsh parenting, economic status combine to make a victim

10/13/2008
Circadian Rhythm Plays Role in Memory

Hamsters deprived of body's sleep-wake system 'can't remember anything,' study says

10/13/2008
Blood Pressure on the Rise in America

More people being treated for hypertension than ever before, study finds

10/13/2008
Vitamin D Supplementation Guidelines for Youngsters Doubled

American Academy of Pediatrics raises daily recommended intake from 200 to 400 IUs

10/11/2008
Fliers Can Keep Blood Clots at Bay

Simple exercises, staying hydrated best ways to avoid deep vein thrombosis, therapists say

10/10/2008
New Factors Join Kids' Sleep Disorders, Cognition

Blood pressure, brain oxygen levels might modify severity of some deficits, study says

10/10/2008
Liver Transplant Patients at Higher Cancer Risk

1 in 6 likely to develop some form of disease by 20 years after operation, study says

10/10/2008
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate

Study suggests poor self-care partly to blame

10/10/2008
Flu Can Be Deadly for Young Victims

CDC now recommends shots for those aged 6 months to 19

10/10/2008
Infliximab-Based Treatment Effective for Crohn's Patients

Remicade alone or in combo with azathioprine better for inflammatory disorder

10/9/2008
Small Intestine Senses Bitter Toxins in Food

Finding could improve cancer, diabetes treatments, study suggests

10/9/2008
Drug Sorafenib Improves Kidney Cancer Outcomes

It helped older and younger patients, study says

10/9/2008
New Guidelines Make It Easy to Get Fit

U.S. government suggests weekly workouts can work

10/8/2008
Blacks at Higher Risk for Brain Lesions Causing Stroke

They had 32% more microbleeds in several different areas, study finds

10/8/2008
New Avian Flu Vaccine Strategy Proposed

Advance shots protect those most exposed in possible pandemic, researchers suggest

10/8/2008
New DNA Stool Testing Spots More Colon Cancers

Study found it detected twice as many malignancies, serious precancerous polyps

10/8/2008
Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law May Overlook Depressed Patients

Study finds 1 in 4 terminally ill not getting treatment that could influence decision

10/8/2008
Family Income Impacts Children's Health

Big gaps exist between states, and between poor, middle- and upper-class families, study finds

10/7/2008
Radio-Frequency Tags Cut Specimen Bottle Errors

Used in passports, library cards, they helped reduced mislabeling of tissue specimens

10/7/2008
Role of Circumcision in Reducing HIV Risk Still Unclear

Review doesn't find a protective effect in post-HAART era

10/7/2008
Prostate Meds Not Tied to Increased Hip Fracture Risk

But long-term effects of hormone-blocking drugs still need review, study finds

10/7/2008
For Some Animals, There's No Place at Home

Exotic pets like rodents, reptiles and monkeys can carry disease, report warns

10/6/2008
Pneumonia Vaccine Lowers Chances of Heart Attack

50% reduction in risk seen 2 years later in Canadian study

10/6/2008
Kids' Flu Shot Largely Ineffective Over Past Few Years

Study finds it didn't keep them from hospitals, doctors' offices

10/6/2008
Hospital Fixes Cut Opiate Errors in Kids

Simple adjustments also save money, since side effects can affect length of stay, study says

10/6/2008
Vending Machines Found in Most Middle Schools

Snacks, drinks sold not helping fight against childhood obesity, researcher notes

10/6/2008
Teens May Be Missing Out on Needed Vaccines

Not getting preventive care biggest reason for immunization shortfall, study finds

10/6/2008
Health Tip: Biking Safely

Suggestions for when your child pedals

10/6/2008
Obesity, Insulin Level Impact Prostate Cancer Survival

Heavy men with high output of the hormone had quadruple the death risk, study found

10/5/2008
Spiriva Safe, Effective for COPD Patients

However, treatment does not slow disease progression, researchers say

10/3/2008
FDA Rules How Much Melamine Is Too Much

In wake of China food scare, agency says any amount is too much for infants

10/3/2008
Gestational Diabetes Risk Higher for Asian-White Couples

Pelvic size may also play role in further chance of Caesarean delivery, study finds

10/3/2008
Extended Work Absences May Signal Risk of Death

Problems tied to surgery or circulatory or psychiatric troubles a red flag, study suggests

10/3/2008
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable

Researchers found standard way of measuring acuity in preschoolers missed problems

10/3/2008
Behavioral Management Plans Help Kids Lose Weight

Most effective programs include techniques to improve diet, exercise habits, study says

10/2/2008
Drinking Before 15 Boosts Risk of Later Alcohol Abuse

Study suggests delaying imbibing as late as possible, until 18 or older, is best

10/2/2008
Body Fat, Muscle Distribution Linked to RA Disability

More fat on arms, legs tied to more inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, study says

10/2/2008
New Class of Drugs Might Cause Congenital Heart Defects

Lithium is only such drug on market, but more powerful versions are in development, researcher warns

10/2/2008
Kids Who Wheeze With Rhinovirus at Higher Asthma Risk

But study can't say whether germs cause condition or just identify those who may get it

10/1/2008
Program Seeks to Reduce ICU Infections

An estimated 250,000 such illnesses occur each year, CDC says