Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

8/29/2008
Leave That Ear Wax Alone

New guidelines say most people don't need to remove it

8/29/2008
Study Questions Flu Shot's Mortality Protection for Elderly

Canadian study found benefit to be statistically insignificant

8/29/2008
Mom's Smoking During Pregnancy Ups Preemie's SIDS Risk

Fetal exposure to cigarette smoke appears to lower breathing recovery, study finds

8/28/2008
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns

Overnight stays with person with dementia led to daytime tiredness, symptoms of depression

8/28/2008
13% of Seniors Report Being Mistreated

Abuse is verbal, financial and physical, especially for the impaired, study says

8/28/2008
Most Patients With Irregular Heartbeat Take Inadequate Blood Thinner Dose

Warfarin could cut stroke risk by 67%, but patients and doctors say drug is hard to manage

8/28/2008
Salmonella Outbreak Over, U.S. Says

FDA lifts advisory against eating raw Mexican jalapeno and serrano peppers

8/28/2008
Cadmium Exposure Tied to Lung Disease

Found in cigarette smoke, fertilizers, even low levels of the metal can double risk

8/28/2008
Health Tip: Prepare a Fire Safety Plan

Protect your home and family

8/27/2008
Angioplasty Scoring System Predicts Risk of Death

Clinicians use 7 simple variables to gauge in-hospital mortality after coronary intervention

8/27/2008
Study Links Spanking to Physical Abuse

Those who paddled were 3 times likelier to use harsher punishments

8/27/2008
Mistaken Beliefs About Cancer Abound

Global survey says many inflate environmental risks, downplay behaviors that count

8/26/2008
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients

Analysis of 29 previous studies found no significant difference in hospital death rates

8/26/2008
Single Rooms Becoming the Norm in New Hospitals

Trend could reduce spread of infections, medication errors, report says

8/26/2008
Tobacco Control Program Saved Billions in Health Costs

Rapid benefits in California tied to fact program was directed at adults, not youth, study finds

8/25/2008
Antipsychotic Drug Use Up in Elderly Despite Warnings

Canadian study suggests cautions fail to alert docs to effectiveness of alternative therapies

8/25/2008
LDL Cholesterol Tied to Increased Cancer Risk in Diabetics

Using these levels as markers could help clinicians better treat patients, Chinese study finds

8/25/2008
One-Third of Schools Built in Air Pollution Danger Zones

Unhealthy proximity to major roads is public health concern future planners should address

8/25/2008
Food Allergy Action Plan Can Keep Kids From Harm

Allergists recommend consulting with school staff on avoidance strategies

8/25/2008
Climate Change Linked to Longer Pollen Seasons

Increasing temperatures, carbon dioxide levels add to discomfort of ragweed allergies

8/25/2008
Cheerleading Causes Majority of Female Athlete Injuries

Catastrophic damage blamed on gymnastic-type stunts now common in routines, study says

8/25/2008
Long-Term Exposure to Incense Raises Cancer Risk

Rates of respiratory tract cancers increase, lung cancer incidence does not, study finds

8/24/2008
Healthy Lunches Help Kids' Concentration in School

Parents should go light on fats and remember their example is best teacher, expert says

8/23/2008
Lung Association Urges Back-to-School Asthma Checklist

Since almost 11% of school-age kids have the disease, parents should take precautions

8/22/2008
DEET Works Because Mosquitoes Hate the Smell

Research upends theory that repellant masks person's odor and interferes with bugs' senses

8/22/2008
Gastric Band Weight-Loss Surgery Can Boost Reflux

Obese patients with GERD may choose gastric bypass instead, experts say

8/22/2008
Marinades Help Keep Grilled Meat Safe

Study found they reduce the amount of cancer-causing compounds

8/22/2008
8/22/2008
Molecule Keeps Bacteria Like Salmonella in Check

Finding could also fight other pathogens before they develop resistance to antibiotics

8/21/2008
3.4 Million Seniors Hit Medicare 'Doughnut Hole'

In many cases, enrollees stop taking meds as they reach this coverage gap, study finds

8/21/2008
Dietary Supplements May Pose Risk to Older Cancer Survivors

It's unclear if pills help keep them healthier or put them in danger of disease recurrence

8/21/2008
Text-Messaging Injuries Blamed on Distraction

Inattentiveness contacting others can lead to injuries, death while walking or driving

8/21/2008
Abstinence-Only Programs Fall Short of Teens' Needs

It means different things to youngsters, so sex ed should be added to lineup, study says

8/21/2008
Measles Cases Highest Since 1996

Parents' philosophical, religious fear of vaccination leading to increase, CDC report says

8/21/2008
Health Tip: Monitor the Mercury in Your Food

Pregnant women and young children should be especially cautious

8/20/2008
Calcium Might Have Taste Humans Can Detect

Tweaking tongue receptors could encourage people to consume more of the vital nutrient

8/20/2008
79 Million Americans Struggle to Pay Medical Bills

New numbers show the problem is getting worse, not better, even for middle class

8/19/2008
Silver-Coated Ventilator Tubes Cut Risk of Pneumonia

Antimicrobial properties blocked bacteria formation, delayed onset of lung inflammation

8/18/2008
Epilepsy Raises Drowning Risk

Seizures could boost the danger in tubs, pools, experts say

8/18/2008
Health Tip: Check Baby's Toys for Safety

Avoid playthings that can cause injury

8/17/2008
Pack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists

Orthopedic doctor offers tips on how to choose and use the proper backpack

8/15/2008
Study Probes Internet Health-Related Search Patterns

Use of Google Trends mirrors data sought in other countries as well, researchers say

8/15/2008
Asthma's Course Differs by Gender

By puberty, condition may be passing phase in boys, but more permanent in girls, study says

8/14/2008
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On

Teens who ate 2 or more servings a day as kids had higher mineral content, study finds

8/14/2008
Safety Triggers, Training Cut Nail Gun Injuries

Study urges more regulation of tools responsible for more than 35,000 ER visits yearly

8/13/2008
Air Pollution Can Damage Heart, Blood Vessels, Too

Beijing Olympics focuses attention on health problems outside the lungs, researchers say

8/13/2008
Epilepsy Receiving Inadequate Attention

CDC says patients, doctors at fault for treatment gaps affecting 1 in every 100 Americans

8/13/2008
Healthy Sex Life Can Extend Into 80s

But past STDs, med use and relationship issues can derail intimacy, study says