Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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9/16/2008
Researchers Suppress 'Hunger Hormone'

Minimally invasive procedure in pigs produced effect similar to bariatric surgery

9/15/2008
Immune System Biomarkers May Predict Early Lung Cancer

Method could prove effective in identifying other common types of disease, study says

9/15/2008
Drug Treatment for Osteoporosis Patients Urged

Bisphosphonates can be first-line therapy, particularly for those with hip fracture risk, physicians' group says

9/14/2008
Safety Gear a Must to Prevent Kids' Sports Injuries

Concussion most common danger, expert says, so head, face gear should take priority

9/13/2008
Too Few People Know Symptoms of Heart Trouble

And that lack of knowledge could cost you your life

9/13/2008
Changes in Seniors' Sleep Patterns Need Attention

Disrupted rest lasting more than 2 weeks should be brought up with doctor, expert says

9/12/2008
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries

September is vision safety awareness month, and group offers tips to prevent accidents

9/12/2008
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain

Shoulders, neck and back most affected, but group says smart loading could cut stress

9/11/2008
Bullying Top Concern of Parents With Overweight Child

They view intimidation as even greater problem than obesity itself, study says

9/11/2008
Bacterial Infections May Be Overlooked in SIDS Cases

Toxins could cause 'chemical storm' in infants resulting in death, research suggests

9/10/2008
Survival Rates Improve for Kids With Blood Cancers

Advancements in treatment likely behind continued upswing, study concludes

9/10/2008
Retail Clinics Attracting Those Without Regular Doctors

Users mostly seek preventive care or assistance with easy-to-treat illnesses, study says

9/10/2008
Tight Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Long-Term

A period of strict management with drugs has effects that last long after therapy ends, study finds

9/10/2008
9/11's Health Effects Lingered for Years

Injured, workers and passersby developed psychological, respiratory woes, latest NYC report finds

9/10/2008
Patient-Centered 'Medical Home' Models Lag in Key Areas

Efforts to put primary-care docs in charge of treatments face hurdles, study finds

9/10/2008
Scratched Surfaces May Trap Bacteria During Food Processing

Studies examine new countertop materials, cleaners to cut contamination

9/9/2008
Formula Samples Hinder Breast-Feeding Efforts

Despite recommendations from various groups, many hospitals still giving them to new moms

9/9/2008
Med School Diversity May Help Whites Care Better for Minorities

Findings urge push for broad-based admission policies that reflect ethnic variety

9/9/2008
Study Probes Why Smokers Find It Hard to Quit

When not in a state of craving, they may underestimate intensity of future urge to light up

9/9/2008
CDC Campaign Targets MRSA Infections

Well-informed parents are a child's best defense, official says

9/9/2008
Lung Cancer Rates Among Nonsmokers Not on the Rise

International study debunks some commonly held beliefs about this type of cancer

9/9/2008
Serotonin Transporter Levels May Explain Winter Blues

More of brain chemical removed in fall and winter, when there's less sunlight, study finds

9/9/2008
Air Pollution Harms Patients After Heart Attack

Particles can cripple heart's electrical functioning, researchers say

9/8/2008
Fall Risk Higher in Older Women Who Sleep Less

And medications do little to influence the link, study finds

9/8/2008
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe

Most hurt by other children wielding club while playing away from course, study says

9/8/2008
Fewer College Kids Smoking, But Industry Tactics a Threat

Tobacco firms spend $1M a day sponsoring campus events, giveaways, lung association says

9/8/2008
Under-the-Skin Blood Sugar Monitor Boosts Diabetes Control

Device sends out readings every 5 minutes round the clock, researchers say

9/8/2008
Health Tip: Stay Safe on the School Bus

Good behavior can help prevent injury

9/8/2008
Once-Weekly Diabetes Drug Boosts Blood Sugar Control

But Byetta has also been linked recently to patient deaths

9/7/2008
Hurricane Threats: Time to Batten Down the Hatches

CDC offers tips to ride out dangerous storms -- before and after they hit

9/5/2008
Scientists ID 2 New Genes for Bowel Disease in Kids

Findings could lead to tailored treatments for IBD, study suggests

9/5/2008
Non-Hospital Baby Abductions a New Concern

Study highlights the value of education and media involvement

9/5/2008
No Place Safe From Allergies

Most can be controlled, but you need to know what triggers them, experts say

9/5/2008
FDA to List Drugs Under Review for Safety Issues

But officials say patients taking meds on Web site shouldn't overreact or stop taking them

9/5/2008
Kids' Fever Time Cut Using Ibuprofen First

British study also finds a combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen might work as a follow-up

9/5/2008
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil

Yards, parks in older U.S. cities retain high amounts of the toxin, research shows

9/4/2008
2 Million Cancer Cases Tied to Tobacco Use

The U.S. review covered the period from 1999 to 2004

9/4/2008
Neighborhood Alcohol Outlets Tied to Kids' Injury Risk

Parental supervision undermined in 'disordered' areas where liquor is sold, study says

9/4/2008
Most U.S. Kids Getting Recommended Vaccinations

More than 77% are fully inoculated, federal officials say

9/4/2008
Even Kids With Known Allergies Can Be Safely Vaccinated

Experts develop sequence of instructions they say could help doctors evaluate risks

9/4/2008
FDA Demands Tougher Warnings on Immunosuppressive Drugs

Officials want stronger labeling about fungal infection risk

9/3/2008
Doctors Could Play a Part in Preventing Suicides

Study suggests restricting access to firearms for at-risk patients saves lives

9/2/2008
Youth Suicides Continue to Rise in U.S.

One reason may be reluctance to prescribe antidepressants, study suggests

9/2/2008
Exercise May Help Prevent Age-Related Memory Loss

Moderate weekly activity showed benefits even a year after routine was stopped, study says

9/2/2008
Health Tip: Buy a Safe Bathtub for Baby

Make sure it has safety features

8/29/2008
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease

Compounds likely extend life of retinal cells that fight age-related macular degeneration

8/29/2008
Most Youths Tried as Adults Had Psychiatric Disorders

Chicago study finds more than two-thirds of them needed help with at least one illness

8/29/2008
Cataracts World's Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Age a key factor, but group cites other risks during August disease awareness month

8/29/2008
Alcohol in Early Pregnancy May Prompt Fetal Cell Death

Even a few glasses of wine enough to disrupt normal development, mouse study finds

8/29/2008
Some Hiroshima Survivors at Thyroid Cancer Risk

Radiation may have caused chromosomal change that raises odds for malignancy, study finds