Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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7/31/2008
Risky Sexual Behaviors Decreasing Among U.S. Teens

Condom use increasing, but many blacks, Hispanics, and males not getting message, CDC says

7/31/2008
Black Henna Tattoo Chemical Can Cause Skin Reaction

Additive to popular markings puts wearers at risk for allergic dermatitis, eczema, scarring, dermatology group warns.

7/31/2008
FDA Expands Pepper Warning in Salmonella Outbreak

Second tainted sample found at another farm in Mexico; serrano and jalapeno peppers from that country are now suspect

7/30/2008
Public Smoking Bans Work Across the Board

Study finds hospital admissions for acute coronary syndrome down for smokers, nonsmokers

7/30/2008
New Test Identifies Heavy Drinkers

It compares 20 blood chemical levels to database of users, so docs can spot trouble early

7/30/2008
Deportation Tied to Higher HIV Risk for Men Injecting Drugs

Study in Tijuana points to need for cross-border prevention, treatment programs

7/30/2008
Family History May Add to Alzheimer's Puzzle

Genes play only a part of underlying risk for dementia, study suggests

7/29/2008
2 Breast Cancer Screening Strategies Prove Effective

But recall rate for abnormal mammograms was lower in Norwegian practice than in U.S.

7/29/2008
Exercise Testing for Cancer Fails to Follow Guidelines

Study urges national, international standards to ensure safety, reliable results

7/29/2008
Walkable Neighborhoods Keep the Pounds Off

Older, densely populated areas get people moving, study finds

7/28/2008
Hearing Loss May Be More Widespread Than Thought

White, Mexican-American men at highest risk, survey shows

7/28/2008
Experts Urge Research on Sleep Apnea-Heart Disease Link

With obesity rising, troubled nighttime breathing will become even bigger problem, AHA warns

7/28/2008
Alzheimer's Treatment Trials May Have Special Challenges

Studies may need larger pools of participants to accurately assess if drugs are effective

7/28/2008
Researchers Map America's Deadliest Roads

Online satellite imagery also provides crash data in public policy effort to boost safety

7/28/2008
Dementia Underestimated in Developing Countries

Standard criteria too restrictive, gap with higher-income nations smaller, group says

7/28/2008
Blood Pressure Drugs May Protect Against Alzheimer's

Patients taking ARBs 45% less likely to have delirium, be in nursing homes, die

7/28/2008
Most Fit Have Less Brain Atrophy From Alzheimer's

Even moderate exercise, done regularly, improves quality of life

7/26/2008
Automated, Wearable Kidney Offers Continuous Dialysis

UCLA team develops device giving patients freedom of movement, better quality of life

7/25/2008
ER Visit Leaves Many Confused

New research shows most don't understand what was done or what they now need to do

7/25/2008
Mexican Peppers ID'd as Salmonella Culprits

Tainted jalapeno sample traced back to Mexican farm, FDA announces

7/25/2008
Geographical Pattern Eyed in 1991 Gulf War Cases of ALS

Environmental link to chemical rockets destroyed at one Iraq site focus of investigations

7/25/2008
Web Site Demystifies Lab Tests

Nonprofit aims to educate consumers about the meaning of various medical screenings

7/25/2008
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Extends Survival After Cardiac Arrest

Working with pigs, doctors almost double revival time after hearts stopped beating

7/25/2008
Health Hazards in Household Cleaners Exposed

Use of certain cleaning products reduces lung function, increases asthma risk, studies find

7/24/2008
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight

Treats sweetened with xylitol cut levels of bacteria in children's plaque, study finds

7/24/2008
Antidepressant Scripts Up 16 Million Over 3-Year Period

Psychiatrists wrote 29% of new orders, followed by GPs and primary care docs, survey finds

7/24/2008
7/23/2008
Kidneys Donated After Cardiac Death Cut Racial Disparities

Black patients conferred better outcomes; organ pool increase cut wait time to transplant

7/23/2008
Protein Gives Doctors New Tool to Detect Melanoma

Excessive IMP-3, not found in harmless moles, may be key to diagnosis

7/22/2008
Nursing Homes Unprepared for Pandemic Flu Fallout

Only a quarter have emergency plan, less than half have educated staff, study finds

7/22/2008
Donor's Age Not Linked to Poor Outcomes in Liver Transplants

Even recipients with hepatitis C had good five-year survival rates, study finds

7/22/2008
Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe in the Crib

Suggestions to prevent injury

7/21/2008
Peppers Picked as Salmonella Culprit

FDA says tainted jalapeno sample from Mexican farm found in Texas packing plant

7/21/2008
Australian Study Seeks Genetic Roots of Cerebral Palsy

Reseachers to gather 10,000 samples in study of this pregnancy complication

7/21/2008
Stretch That Grocery List in Lean Times

Tips to serve your family healthy meals for less

7/21/2008
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired

Virtually silent engines remove key cue to safety; group seeks legislative help

7/20/2008
Varicose, Spider Veins May Be Inevitable for Some

It may seem just cosmetic, but condition can lead to more serious problems, doctor warns

7/19/2008
Access Is Key to Kids' Decision to Smoke

Smoking friends or stores selling cigarettes make the habit more likely, study finds

7/19/2008
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly

Not all homes are the same, but common sense measures can reduce the risk, expert says

7/18/2008
Incidence of Mantle Cell Lymphoma on Rise

Aggressive form of non-Hodgkin disease puts older men chiefly at risk, study finds

7/18/2008
Gene Variations May Predict Antidepressant Response

Finding could help advance individualized medicine for psychiatric patients

7/18/2008
All Newborns Should Have Ears Screened, Task Force Says

Up to 3 of every 1,000 U.S. babies born with hearing loss, experts note

7/18/2008
FDA Says It's Safe to Eat Tomatoes

Salmonella outbreak may be winding down; peppers remain suspect

7/17/2008
Genetics, Social Factors Tied to Male Delinquency

Family, friends, school impact expression of certain molecular variants, study says

7/17/2008
U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Grow

One-quarter of Americans report being obese, CDC report says

7/17/2008
Gene Mutation Puts Some Kids at Risk for Tobacco Addiction

Having 2 copies of variant, puffing before age 17 boosted odds for being heavy smoker

7/16/2008
No Evidence Breast Self-Exams Cut Cancer Deaths

Review of studies says monthly check is 'an option' for women starting in their 20s

7/15/2008
Salmonella Sickness Toll Climbs to 1,148

42 states now reporting illnesses; source still elusive

7/14/2008
Colon Cancer Screening Rates Remain Low

Only half of Americans over 50 tested; education, insurance play role, group says

7/14/2008
Elbow Injuries on Rise Among Young Athletes

But surgery helps them return to prior playing level 83% of time, report shows