Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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6/5/2008
Hispanic Workers Dying at Higher Rates Than Others

Language, literacy barriers cited, particularly in construction jobs, CDC reports

6/5/2008
Batted Balls Threaten High School Baseball Players

High school athletes should wear head protection, study says

6/5/2008
Red Wine Compound Helps Heart, May Slow Aging

Resveratrol mimics effects of caloric restriction to extend life spans in mice

6/4/2008
Cell Phone Study Suggests People Are Losing Their Wanderlust

Many spend most of their time going to a few key locations, such as work and home

6/4/2008
Alcohol, Drug Counseling Benefits Teens, Too

Study finds just once-a-week participation was associated with improved results

6/3/2008
Risk Factors for Eating Disorders Vary by Gender

Rejecting media images, resilience to negative comments should be focus of prevention

6/3/2008
Reuse of Antibacterial Wipes Can Spread Bacteria

Welsh study finds cleansers remove germs but do not kill them on surfaces

6/3/2008
Exposure Therapy Effective in Preventing Post-Traumatic Stress

It eased anxiety, corrected belief that reliving memories must be avoided, study concludes

6/3/2008
Chronic Stomach Inflammation Boosts Cancer Risk

Damage to DNA could cause cell mutations that lead to disease, study concludes

6/2/2008
Public Lacks Confidence to Help in Cardiac Emergencies

Survey finds less than 25% sure they could perform CPR, use automated defibrillator

6/2/2008
Drug May Cut Tremors Associated With Parkinson's

But relief not on way, since FDA has said evidence of drug's effectiveness lacking

6/2/2008
Bunk Beds Pose Dangers to Both Kids and Young Adults

National study finds high injury rate calls for increased prevention efforts

6/2/2008
Kids Living With Relatives Have Fewer Problems Than Those in Foster Homes

Study says kinship care deserves more funding for estimated 2.5 million displaced children

6/2/2008
Bone Drug Lowers Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

Zometa, used to treat osteoporosis, showed no unanticipated side effects, researchers report

6/2/2008
Erbitux Plus Chemo Improves Lung Cancer Outcomes

Survival extended 5 weeks; benefit seen in all subtypes of disease, researchers say

6/2/2008
New Hope for Tough-to-Treat Cancers

Gemzar, everolimus almost doubled survival time with pancreatic, kidney cancers, respectively

5/30/2008
Rotigotine Skin Patch May Ease Restless Legs Symptoms

But one expert notes problems with manufacturing, unreliable delivery of the drug

5/30/2008
Dermatologists Release Psoriasis Care Guidelines

Biologic use is expected to enhance quality of treatment and patient safety

5/30/2008
Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out

Deadline is Dec. 31, but FDA urges asthma patients to switch to eco-friendly versions now

5/30/2008
Football Can Shrink Players

Spinal compression, equipment weight makes for temporary height loss, study says

5/29/2008
Anti-Rejection Drug May Boost Diabetes in Kidney Transplant Patients

Those treated with sirolimus faced up to 66% increased risk of disease after operation

5/29/2008
Seizures Likely Sign of Brain Injury After Stroke

Patients face 30% risk of dying within month, study finds

5/29/2008
Knee Injuries Main Cause of HS Sports Surgeries

Girls twice as likely to suffer major trauma; more education, fair play urged

5/29/2008
Researchers Develop Stem Line With Sickle Cell Mutation

Technique could allow scientists to more quickly screen models for drugs to treat diseases

5/29/2008
Clinical Guideline Backs Food, Drink During Labor

Nurses, midwives urge more reviews, but say practice provides comfort and nutrition

5/29/2008
Daily Glass of Wine Cut Risk of Fatty Liver Disease

Modest consumption reduced abnormal blood tests 50%, but beer, liquor had opposite effect

5/28/2008
New Compound Slows HIV Replication

It could mean development of new class of drugs, researchers say

5/28/2008
Gut Bacteria Fights Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Mouse study finds molecule boosted cells eliminating colitis, Crohn's symptoms

5/28/2008
Air Bags-Seat Belts Cut Injuries, Deaths, Costs

Study estimates savings of more than $60 million over 11 years

5/28/2008
Lead Exposure in Childhood Linked to Criminal Behavior Later

30-year study finds higher blood lead levels raised risk of arrest in adulthood

5/28/2008
Scientists Break Into HIV 'Hideout'

Vault for antibodies provides shelter for virus out of reach of drugs

5/27/2008
Paclitaxel Plus Chemo Improves Outcomes in Early Breast Cancer

Study finds a trend toward better overall survival

5/27/2008
Dialysis Catheter Placement Makes Little Difference in Infection Risk

Neck, leg sites similar, but jugular should be choice for patients with higher BMI

5/27/2008
Cancer Patients Should Steer Clear of Antioxidants

Research review suggests they may help cancer cells resist chemo, radiation

5/25/2008
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun

Kids, teens more susceptible to sun-related vision damage without proper protection

5/24/2008
Drowsy Drivers Make Holiday Weekend Among the Most Dangerous

More than a third admit nodding off, so fill up with a good night's sleep, experts warn

5/23/2008
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest

Small study says findings may help parents comfort those getting that first pair

5/23/2008
Asthma Associated With Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts

Anxiety over disability, discomfort may be driving factor, study suggests

5/23/2008
Lifestyle Changes Can Keep Diabetes at Bay for 14 Years

Among people at high risk, healthy eating and exercise can delay disease, researchers say

5/22/2008
'Net, Video Tools Successful in Lung Disease Management

Canada's TELEHEALTH program improved conditions for patients in rural and remote areas

5/22/2008
9/11 Workers Face Chronic Mental Impairment

Stress levels comparable to those seen in returning Afghanistan war veterans, study says

5/21/2008
Metabolic Syndrome Foretells Diabetes in Elderly

But increased cardiovascular risk less certain, researchers find

5/21/2008
Smokers Quit in Droves, Not Isolation

Healthy behavior has cascade effect, but trend marginalizes those who keep smoking

5/21/2008
Sleep Apnea Linked to Heart Risks in Children

The condition produces inflammation, potential cardiovascular problems, study says

5/21/2008
Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Dry Dog Food

70 people, many of them young children, were sickened after handling the food, CDC says

5/21/2008
Day of Admission Dictates Length of Stay for Heart Failure

Patients admitted to a hospital on Thursdays or Fridays have longer stays, study found

5/21/2008
ICU Docs Less Likely to Discuss End-of-Life Issues With Blacks

Underlying bias, discomfort may have led less than half to feel at ease with these talks

5/21/2008
Simple Case Management Cuts Pulmonary Disease Admissions

Low-intensity interventions reduce COPD hospital visits more than one-half, study finds

5/20/2008
Sleep-Deprived Brains Show Lapse in Visual Processing

Seemingly normal function could give false sense of competence, study suggests

5/20/2008
Repeat Colonoscopies Underused in High-Risk Patients

Other research found traditional colonoscopy still better than virtual version