Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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Public Smoking Bans Work Across the Board

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

New Test Identifies Heavy Drinkers

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

Deportation Tied to Higher HIV Risk for Men Injecting Drugs

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

Family History May Add to Alzheimer's Puzzle

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

2 Breast Cancer Screening Strategies Prove Effective

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

Exercise Testing for Cancer Fails to Follow Guidelines

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

Walkable Neighborhoods Keep the Pounds Off

Older, densely populated areas get people moving, study finds

Hearing Loss May Be More Widespread Than Thought

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

Experts Urge Research on Sleep Apnea-Heart Disease Link

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

Alzheimer's Treatment Trials May Have Special Challenges

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

Researchers Map America's Deadliest Roads

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

Dementia Underestimated in Developing Countries

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

Blood Pressure Drugs May Protect Against Alzheimer's

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

Most Fit Have Less Brain Atrophy From Alzheimer's

Even moderate exercise, done regularly, improves quality of life

Automated, Wearable Kidney Offers Continuous Dialysis

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

ER Visit Leaves Many Confused

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

Mexican Peppers ID'd as Salmonella Culprits

Tainted jalapeno sample traced back to Mexican farm, FDA announces

Geographical Pattern Eyed in 1991 Gulf War Cases of ALS

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

Web Site Demystifies Lab Tests

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

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Extends Survival After Cardiac Arrest

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

Health Hazards in Household Cleaners Exposed

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

Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight

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

Antidepressant Scripts Up 16 Million Over 3-Year Period

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

Kidneys Donated After Cardiac Death Cut Racial Disparities

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

Protein Gives Doctors New Tool to Detect Melanoma

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

Nursing Homes Unprepared for Pandemic Flu Fallout

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

Donor's Age Not Linked to Poor Outcomes in Liver Transplants

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

Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe in the Crib

Suggestions to prevent injury

Peppers Picked as Salmonella Culprit

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

Australian Study Seeks Genetic Roots of Cerebral Palsy

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

Stretch That Grocery List in Lean Times

Tips to serve your family healthy meals for less

Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired

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

Varicose, Spider Veins May Be Inevitable for Some

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

Access Is Key to Kids' Decision to Smoke

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

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

Incidence of Mantle Cell Lymphoma on Rise

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

Gene Variations May Predict Antidepressant Response

Finding could help advance individualized medicine for psychiatric patients

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

FDA Says It's Safe to Eat Tomatoes

Salmonella outbreak may be winding down; peppers remain suspect

Genetics, Social Factors Tied to Male Delinquency

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

U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Grow

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

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

No Evidence Breast Self-Exams Cut Cancer Deaths

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

Salmonella Sickness Toll Climbs to 1,148

42 states now reporting illnesses; source still elusive

Colon Cancer Screening Rates Remain Low

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

Elbow Injuries on Rise Among Young Athletes

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

Are You Getting Burned by Your Sunscreen?

Many products don't protect against UVA rays, which can cause skin cancer

Don't Take a Vacation From Healthy Eating

Expert says sticking to routine will keep those extra pounds off while school's out

Summer Is Peak Time for Lightning Strikes

The rule of thumb? 'When thunder roars, go indoors'