Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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7/3/2008
Barcode Technology Flaws Put Some Patients at Risk

Nurses forced to use 'workarounds' to ensure medication errors are kept to minimum, study says

7/2/2008
Two-Drug Treatment Didn't Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

But the case isn't closed, American cardiologists say

7/2/2008
Lung Infections Cost Hospitals More Than $10B in 2006

Pneumonia second only to childbirth as most common reason for hospitalizations, analysis finds

7/2/2008
MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs

Before heading to the gym, take simple steps to avoid the potentially deadly bacteria

7/2/2008
Hallucinogen Gives Lasting Spiritual Boost

Psilocybin may help treat patients with cancer, depression, drug abuse, study says

7/1/2008
Extreme Heat a Deadly Risk for Older Adults

Their bodies don't cool quickly, so caution should rise with temperatures

7/1/2008
U.S. Officials Stymied in Salmonella Search

As infection toll in outbreak reaches 869, probe expands to include food items normally served with tomatoes

7/1/2008
Death Rates for HIV Patients Decrease Dramatically

Study found 5-year survival rate for those on HAART now equals general population

7/1/2008
Smoke-Free Policies Prove Effective

They not only cut secondhand exposure but also helped current users cut back, study finds

6/30/2008
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate

Heart association seeks policy, social changes that boost healthier eating, exercise

6/29/2008
Activity-Linked Heat Illness Needs Prompt Attention

Trainers' group warns summer's temperatures can also bring severe injury

6/28/2008
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers

Surgeons group offers tips on how to be footloose and injury-free

6/28/2008
Tomatoes May Not Be Only Source of Salmonella Outbreak

As numbers rise, CDC officials wonder if another food might be contributing

6/27/2008
Drugs With Marijuana Compounds Don't Boost Adverse Events

But Canadian study finds increase in non-serious side effects

6/27/2008
Golf Cart Injuries Give Rise to Calls for Regulation

Study finds safety standards needed, especially for use on public roads

6/27/2008
Drug Helps Heroin Addicts Stay Clean

Those taking buprenorphine lasted almost twice as long until using again, study says

6/27/2008
Start Packing for Great American Backyard Campout

National Wildlife Federation says turn off TVs, computers, venture into nature

6/26/2008
Chronic Kidney Disease Growing Globally

Researchers urge countries to make condition a public health priority

6/26/2008
Sudden Hearing Loss May Portend Stroke

It could foreshadow trouble by as much as 2 years, Taiwanese study suggests

6/26/2008
Patients With Medicaid Co-Pay Cut Out Certain Drugs

Prescription use dropped about 17% after introduction of policy, Oregon study finds

6/26/2008
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Guidelines Updated

New rules called 'extensive' but not meant to crowd physicians' clinical judgment

6/26/2008
Health Tip: Prevent Falls From Windows

Here are some safety suggestions

6/25/2008
Health Tip: Swing Set Safety

Take precautions to keep your child safe

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