Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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6/25/2008
Cats Can Trigger Eczema in Some Infants

Babies with a genetic mutation and a cat at home were more likely to develop skin condition before age of 1, study finds

6/25/2008
Oral Drug Helps Prevent Clotting After Hip Replacement

Daily dose of rivaroxaban cut risk of venous thromboembolism, study finds

6/25/2008
Worldwide Surgery Rates Tied to Economic Status

Richer countries perform most, but safety an issue in poorer areas, analysis finds

6/24/2008
Individual Genome Changes Over a Lifetime

Finding suggests dietary, environmental exposures may explain 'late onset' diseases

6/24/2008
Radio-Wave Devices May Play Havoc With Medical Equipment

In lab setting, they caused some machines to turn off, others to malfunction

6/24/2008
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007

57 million more had pre-diabetes, but education drive making inroads, CDC says

6/24/2008
Social, Health Care Factors Drive Colon Screen Disparities

Economic status, access and language barriers affect who goes for tests, study concludes

6/24/2008
New Scheduler Helps Track Kids' Shots

Computerized program tells them when to give vaccines after child misses appointment

6/24/2008
MRSA Rates Tied to Hospital Understaffing

In busy units, even basic hand-washing can get lost in rush to treat patients, study says

6/23/2008
Immune Molecule Key to Preventing Organ Rejection

Measuring HLA-G dimer may identify patients who need little, if any, immune suppression

6/23/2008
Poorer Patients Have Poorer Survival After Cancer Diagnosis

Less affluent individuals had more advanced disease and were less likely to receive needed treatment

6/23/2008
Head Injuries All Too Common in Summer Play

But proper sports gear and preparation can prevent unnecessary accidents, experts say

6/21/2008
Get in Step With Summer Foot Care

Expert sorts myth from fact when it comes to toeing the line on healthy practices

6/21/2008
Tainted Tomato Toll Now 552

U.S. health officials zero in on farms in Mexico, Florida as source of salmonella contamination

6/20/2008
Blood Substitute Found Safe in Large Phase III Trial

It worked best in those under 80, could ease expected worldwide shortfall of supplies

6/20/2008
Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Boosts Melanoma Incidence

Patients treated with methotrexate had a threefold increased risk of disease, report says

6/20/2008
Pro Baseball Helps Keep Skin Cancer From Scoring

New campaign is focused especially on sunscreen-averse teen boys

6/20/2008
'Hazardous Drinking' More Common Than Thought

Finnish study urges this 3rd category be added to diagnoses of alcohol disorders

6/19/2008
Traffic Pollution Puts Kids at Higher Allergy Risk

Those living closer to busy streets were 50% more likely to develop symptoms

6/19/2008
Tainted Tomato Cases Jump to 383 People in 30 States, D.C.

U.S. health officials still unsure whether outbreak is over

6/19/2008
Overtime Work Tied to Anxiety, Depression

Rates were higher among less-skilled and those with lower incomes, study finds

6/19/2008
Big, Well-Balanced Breakfast Aids Weight Loss

It led to almost 40-pound reduction among sedentary, obese women, study found

6/18/2008
Failure to Take Seizure Drugs Boosts Death Risk

Car accidents, bone breaks also common among those who don't take meds regularly, study says

6/18/2008
Brain Activity May Predict Schizophrenia Behavior

Personalized diagnosis, treatment may be possible, U.K. study suggests

6/18/2008
Alzheimer's Protein Tied to HIV Progression

ApoE4 molecule appears to push a faster course of disease, researchers say

6/17/2008
FDA Warns Companies to Stop Selling Fake Cancer Cures

Fraudulent products present a safety hazard to the public, agency says

6/17/2008
Inexpensive Compound Could Treat Severe Diarrhea

Finding may be 'magic bullet' to help millions of children in developing world, study says

6/17/2008
Health Tip: Lawn Mowing Safety

Suggestions to prevent injuries

6/17/2008
2nd Option Improves Abdominal Aorta Repair Outcomes

Less invasive treatment using stent cut overall mortality almost in half, study finds

6/17/2008
FDA Narrowing Tainted Tomato Probe to One Cluster

Won't identify where, but calls it 'most fruitful' lead as victim number rises again in salmonella outbreak

6/16/2008
Flavoring Food May Promote Weight Loss

Seasonings and sweeteners called 'tastants' help you feel full, study suggests

6/13/2008
Repeat Teen Self-Cutters Likely to Engage in Risky Sex

Only 39% said they used condoms consistently in previous 90 days, study finds

6/13/2008
How to Have Your Tomatoes, and Eat Them, Too

FDA offers steps to help reduce your risk of salmonella poisoning

6/13/2008
Tainted Tomatoes Likely From Florida or Mexico: FDA

Officials say salmonella contamination probably came from one source

6/13/2008
PTSD High Among Witnesses to 9/11

One in 8 NYC residents near scene affected years later, with those injured suffering most

6/13/2008
Parents Worry About Tweens Left Alone

Poll finds they fret about kids' knowledge of safety, privacy, emergency practices, but will leave them alone anyway

6/12/2008
Better Sleepers Are 'Successful Agers'

Less daytime napping, fewer complaints of insomnia predicted a healthier life, study finds

6/12/2008
Pennsylvania Injuries Rise After Repeal of Helmet Law

Study finds 32% increase in motorcyclists' head trauma deaths since law revoked in 2003

6/12/2008
Consumers Urged to Avoid Raw Milk and Raw Milk Products

Unpasteurized items responsible for E. coli infections in children, CDC reports

6/12/2008
228 People in 22 States Sickened in Ongoing Salmonella-Tomato Outbreak

Meanwhile, Congressional report faults FDA on food safety

6/12/2008
Asian Kids Have Later Bedtimes, Less Total Sleep

Cross-culture study finds vast differences in habits, parents' perceptions of problems

6/12/2008
Breast-Feeding Support Lacking at Many Hospitals, Birth Centers

CDC reports 7 southern states scored lowest, while western and New England states did best

6/12/2008
Teens Sleep Longer With Delayed School Starts

Most report less daytime sleepiness when opening bell is pushed back, study concludes

6/11/2008
New Bird Flu Vaccine Shows Promise

Whole-virus version safe, effective and can be made quickly, researchers say

6/11/2008
Children's Neck Size Associated With Sleep Disorders

Study says it should be considered in those with history of snoring, apnea

6/11/2008
U.S. Health Officials Closer to Origin of Salmonella Outbreak

Certain states have been ruled out as source of contaminated tomatoes, they add

6/11/2008
DNA Coding May Make Bowel Prone to Cancer

'Addicted' cells provide early diagnosis; diet could affect changes, study says

6/11/2008
Sleep Apnea Linked to Memory Loss

Study finds disorder shrinks brain cells much the way alcohol, Alzheimer's do

6/10/2008
Researchers Update Risk-of-Death Charts

Authors hope it will encourage disease/prevention efforts

6/10/2008
Decline in Cigarette Sales Offset by Use of Alternative Products

Low taxes on substitute tobacco items keep addiction affordable, study says