Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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5/6/2008
Kidney Trouble Short-Lived in Most Liver Transplant Patients

Study finds short-term dysfunction while awaiting operation rarely turns chronic

5/6/2008
Alcoholism Gender Gap Is Closing

Changing social mores, opportunities for women make it not just a 'man's disease' anymore

5/6/2008
Obesity-Related Inflammation Boosts Heart Risks

Blood chemicals in overweight participants were key predictors of organ failure, study says

5/3/2008
Middle Class Uninsured Kids' Health Risk Almost as High as Poor Children's

More than 40% of middle class children with no health insurance don't see a doctor all year

5/2/2008
9/11 Counselors at Risk for Secondary Trauma

Social workers hearing repeated stories can suffer post-traumatic stress of their own

5/2/2008
New Targets Found That Stop Tumor Growth

Blocking blood vessel formation has already worked against breast, colon cancers

5/1/2008
Measles Outbreak Rises to 64 Cases, Most Since 2001

CDC says failure to be vaccinated is behind the worrisome trend

5/1/2008
Home Monitoring Program Improves Outcomes for Heart Patients

Remote screening cut hospital readmissions, provided timely intervention

5/1/2008
3 Women Suffer Kidney Failure After Derriere Injections

The procedures were done at an unlicensed clinic in North Carolina, CDC says

5/1/2008
Free Asthma Screenings Offered in May

National program aims to educate patients on best ways to get condition under control

4/30/2008
Tree-Lined Streets Associated With Lower Childhood Asthma Rates

Plants may help improve air quality and encourage youngsters to play more outdoors

4/30/2008
Staff Training Reduces Postpartum Bleeding, Episiotomies

Studies urge oxytocin use after delivery, re-evaluation of accepted birthing practices

4/30/2008
Report Slams U.S. Food Safety System

Overhaul of outdated inspection practices desperately needed, critics say

4/29/2008
Cervical Cancer Screens Effective But More Can Be Done

Women who don't have timely tests 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with advanced disease

4/29/2008
Many Americans Share Prescription Meds

Roughly a quarter of those asked had borrowed, given away allergy pills, antibiotics and painkillers

4/29/2008
International Consortium Will Hunt Down Genetics of Cancer

Genomic data will be made available for free to researchers around the world

4/29/2008
Measurements Poor for Assessing Clinical Trials With Children

Few studies since 1950 had agreement on standard outcomes, review finds

4/26/2008
Lip Balms and Glosses May Boost Skin Cancer Risks

It's the shine that attracts ultraviolet rays, but sunscreen base can help, expert says

4/25/2008
Diluted Seawater Boosts Nutritional Content of Tomatoes

A 12% solution increased levels of antioxidants, researchers say

4/25/2008
Disordered Eating Is Widespread Among U.S. Women

75% say they behave abnormally around food, survey finds

4/25/2008
U.S. Air Pollution Standards Don't Protect Asthmatic Kids

Children suffer even when pollutants fall below acceptable levels, study finds

4/25/2008
Clinical Symptoms Enough to Switch Drug Regimens for HIV Patients

Study showed little difference in survival when compared to expensive lab tests

4/24/2008
Local Health Officials Recognize Threat of Global Warming

But survey finds many aren't prepared to tackle the problem in coming decades

4/24/2008
Stored Ovarian Tissue Needs Testing Before Re-Implantation

Inadequate safeguards could mean a return of cancer, study warns

4/23/2008
Annual Trachoma Treatments May Be Unnecessary

One or 2 rounds of antibiotics sufficient to treat eye disease, study finds

4/23/2008
Exercise Plays Role in Recovery From Sports Injuries

Expert says goal is to maintain strength, not gain it, while you mend

4/23/2008
Researchers Identify Contaminant in Tainted Heparin

More testing needed to prove that oversulfated chondroitin sulfate caused deaths, reactions

4/23/2008
Gene Predicts Breast Cancer Prognosis

Experiments in mice could lead to better diagnosis and treatment, experts say

4/23/2008
Sleep Apnea Screening Cuts Surgical Complications

Canadian team develops simple test to identify those at risk

4/22/2008
Pot Plus Alcohol Kills Young Rats' Brain Cells

Finding another warning to pregnant women that drug use can affect fetal brain development

4/22/2008
Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Pneumonia in Elderly

Mechanism unclear, but nursing home study says risk greatest week after meds begin

4/22/2008
Number of U.S. General Surgeons in Decline

AMA data shows gains for women, but rural areas suffer as students choose specialty fields

4/22/2008
Nasal Surgery Helps Ease Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Not only did overall health improve, but study finds snoring, daytime sleepiness reduced

4/22/2008
4/22/2008
FDA: Contaminated Heparin Found in 11 Countries

And 'biological mechanism' that leads to adverse reactions identified, officials add

4/21/2008
Mammograms Still a Good Idea for Elderly Women

Study finds it reduces risk of being diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer

4/21/2008
Off-Hours Heart Patients Less Likely to Get Angioplasty

But study also finds survival rates similar, no matter when admission occurred

4/21/2008
Review Urges Aggressive MRSA Screening for Health Workers

Even good adherence to infection control did not entirely prevent transmission, study finds

4/20/2008
Allergies Can Dig Into Gardening's Fun

But planting low-allergen species, avoiding high pollen hours can help

4/19/2008
Most Sports-Related Eye Injuries Are Preventable

With spring's arrival, optometrists' group urges public to treat vision like the pros do

4/18/2008
Dealing Cervical Cancer a Knockout Blow

Doctors step up efforts to vaccinate young women against virus that causes the disease

4/18/2008
Computer Program Helps COPD Patients Monitor Breathing

It helped to reduce air trapped in the lungs during exercise, researchers find

4/18/2008
Chronic Exposure to Solvents Disturbs Brain's Wiring

Changes in dopamine receptor density affects memory and psychomotor speed, study says

4/17/2008
Overuse of Opioids, Barbiturates Boosts Chronic Migraine Risk

Self-treating headaches with these drugs doubles chance of having chronic episodes

4/17/2008
Early Screening Improves Outcomes for Kids With Amblyopia

Vision tests before age 2 were more beneficial than those done later, study finds

4/16/2008
Patient-Controlled Health Records Could Change Future of Research

Used wisely, they may spur discoveries, but some warn privacy needs regulation

4/16/2008
Splints as Good as Plaster Casts for Minor Fractures

But one expert says there's a hitch: Kids can take them off

4/16/2008
Dust Mites Trump Asthma Prevention Guidelines

Study finds that despite heroic efforts, most strategies are doomed to fail

4/16/2008
4/15/2008
Drug Proves Effective in Slowing Melanomas

Riluzole, used to treat Lou Gehrig's disease, inhibits aggressive growth, study finds