Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

7/13/2008
Are You Getting Burned by Your Sunscreen?

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

7/13/2008
Don't Take a Vacation From Healthy Eating

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

7/12/2008
Summer Is Peak Time for Lightning Strikes

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

7/11/2008
Trauma Center Counseling Reduces Kids' Repeat Injuries

Emergency department 'teachable moments' remembered well by parents, youngsters, study finds

7/11/2008
Do Antidepressants Make Bones Brittle?

Studies suggest an increased fracture risk in people who take the medications

7/11/2008
Workshop Helps Parents, Kids Talk About Sex

Lunch break dialogues drew both together to discuss attitudes, health issues

7/10/2008
Alcohol's Impact on Heart, Stroke Risk Differs by Gender

Amount that may be beneficial for men is not good for women, study says

7/10/2008
Uterus Size May Predict Risk for Premature Twins After IVF

Evaluation may help select women who are at lower risk for complications, study suggests

7/10/2008
Common Mechanisms May Contribute to Autism's Mutations

Inherited gene deletions affect developing brain's ability to make neural connections

7/10/2008
Gender Plays Role in Post-Concussion Healing

Females scored worse than males on neurocognitive tests; reason remains elusive

7/10/2008
Freeze-Dried Formula May Block HIV Virus in Breast Milk

Could help prevent spread of disease in developing countries, study suggests

7/10/2008
Salmonella Illnesses Now Top 1,000

Health officials add hot peppers and cilantro as suspect foods, along with tomatoes

7/9/2008
Heat Exposure a Dangerous Summer Threat

The poor, the elderly and people without health insurance especially vulnerable, study says

7/8/2008
A Blood Marker Could Spot Diabetes Risk

Higher levels of fetuin-A were linked to later disease development, study found

7/8/2008
FDA Mandates Black Box Warning for Some Antibiotics

Fluoroquinolones, which include Cipro, can cause tendinitis and tendon rupture, agency says

7/8/2008
Kids' Obesity May Lead to Epidemic of Adult Diabetes

Impact has yet to be felt, since type 2 course may take 10 years to show, study says

7/7/2008
New Spanish Consumer Guide Compares Diabetes Meds

Publication aimed at assisting the 1 in 8 Hispanics with type 2 disease

7/7/2008
Dietary Supplement May Prevent Breast Cancer

Resveratrol, found in red wine, grape skins, inhibits abnormal cells, study finds

7/7/2008
'Sideline' Rage Triggers Mirror Those of Angry Drivers

Parents who rant at kids' sporting events let ego get in the way, study says

7/6/2008
Food Allergens Show Up in Unexpected Places

Street vendors, fairs replacing trans fats with peanut oil -- all can spell trouble

7/5/2008
How to Stay Out of the ER This Summer

Common sense and caution guarantee outdoor fun stays healthy, expert says

7/4/2008
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health

Low concentrations may lead to enamel defects, early tooth decay, study finds

7/4/2008
Gender Plays Role in Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Increased rate of graft failure when male organs donated to females, study finds

7/4/2008
Health Tip: Have a Safe Fourth of July

Keep kids away from fireworks