Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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4/14/2008
Girls Participating in Sports in Record Numbers

But exercise outside organized teams has drops as adolescence approaches, study finds

4/14/2008
Health Tip: Tornado Safety

Suggestions to protect yourself

4/13/2008
Diabetic Food Shopping That Won't Break a Budget

With prices rising, group offers tips that save dollars, make sense

4/12/2008
Spring and Pollen Are in the Air

Expert says common sense and planning can stop allergy attacks in their tracks

4/11/2008
Clinical Trial Volunteers Uneasy About Some Financial Ties

They were least surprised when researchers got paid but more upset when they owned stock

4/11/2008
Boston Trial to Test New HIV/AIDS Vaccine

Its ability to trigger an immune response where none existed is key to research

4/11/2008
Few Countries on Track to Curb Maternal, Child Mortality Rates

Global initiative stymied by shortage of money, human resources, analysis concludes

4/10/2008
User Registry May Help Docs Stem Painkiller Abuse

Stricter policies could protect patients and physicians from consequences of misuse

4/10/2008
Irradiation Almost Erases Risk of Food Poisoning

Salmonella, E. coli bacteria dramatically reduced with this method, researchers find

4/10/2008
Foodborne Illnesses Remain Constant in U.S.

More needs to be done to extend safety practices, CDC reports

4/10/2008
Birth Size, Early Weight Gain Tied to Boost in Heart Risks

Finnish study says early start to healthy lifestyles can pay big dividends later

4/10/2008
Researchers Pursuing Nasal Anthrax Vaccine

Mice given combination version of immunization survived exposure, study reports

4/9/2008
Mumps Outbreak in Midwest Could Have Been Worse

Study says high vaccination rates kept 2006 episode under control

4/9/2008
Breast Cancer Lymph Node Biopsy May Need Closer Look

Stray 'micrometastases' could be missed, harming long-term survival, study suggests

4/8/2008
Kidney Dysfunction Puts Women at Risk of Sudden Death

Cardiac threat more than 3 times higher for those with advanced disease, study contends

4/8/2008
Exercise During Pregnancy Has Baby Benefits, Too

Even fetus shows lower heart rate when moms-to-be work out regularly

4/8/2008
Probable Case of Human-to-Human Bird Flu Transmission Reported

But health experts say the report from China is no cause for alarm

4/7/2008
Faster Test Detects Fake Tamiflu Drugs

With counterfeiters looking to cash in on fears, Georgia team develops a 1-minute screen

4/7/2008
Antipsychotic Drug Boosts Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes

French study in rats finds olanzapine changes metabolism in weeks

4/7/2008
School Environment Can Curb Kids' Weight Gain

Philadelphia-based nutrition program reduced overweight by 50%, study concludes

4/7/2008
Tight Backpack Straps Cut Blood to Shoulders, Arms

Carrying 26 pounds for just 10 minutes can lead to fatigue, loss of motor skills

4/7/2008
TV in the Bedroom Is Not a Teen's Best Friend

Personal sets interfere with family time, grades and nutrition, study finds

4/7/2008
Fetal Exposure to Substance Abuse Changes Brain Structure

Mom's use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs may affect kids into early adolescence, study shows

4/6/2008
Mud Harnessed to Fight Infections

Researchers searched world, found 3 clays that beat back toughest germs

4/6/2008
Travel Tips for Seniors

Medicines and a good checklist ensure safe flights on holiday, expert says

4/4/2008
Patient Navigators Boost Colon Screens in Urban Minorities

Personal interventions cut no-show rates 30%, study finds

4/4/2008
Small Firms Shoulder Burden of Increasing Health Costs

But spike in plan fees did not cause employers to abandon benefits, study finds

4/3/2008
Male Partner Violence Hurts Women's Health Worldwide

WHO study finds aftereffects reverberate long after the incidents

4/3/2008
Eating Less May Hinder Immune System

Study with deer mice found reducing food intake 30% decreased infection-fighting cells

4/3/2008
Genetic Disorder May Hold Key to Heat Stroke Cure

Some antioxidants may protect people like athletes, soldiers from fatal temperature rise

4/3/2008
Better-Educated Smokers More Likely to Quit After Seeing Ads

Study finds 65% with college degree made attempt, but economic status also plays role

4/2/2008
Amateur Singers, Teachers Seldom Hear Sounds of Trouble

Study finds pros more likely to take measures improving vocal health

4/2/2008
Off-Label Drug Use Needs Strong Oversight

Stanford researcher chides FDA for proposing less governance of the practice

4/2/2008
HIV Drugs Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attack

FDA reviewing safety profile of abacavir, didanosine

4/1/2008
Restrictive Prescription Drug Policies Hurt Schizophrenics

Harvard study found program made patients 29% more likely to stop, disrupt their meds

4/1/2008
Avandia May Slow Atherosclerosis After Bypass Surgery

But this new study of diabetes drug doesn't prove it's safe, critics say

4/1/2008
Rap Music Glorifying Drug Use

Study finds sixfold increase in positive portrayal of substance abuse over last 20 years

4/1/2008
U.N. Seeks to Curb World's Traffic Deaths

Someone is killed or badly injured every six seconds, experts say

3/31/2008
New Rule Seeks to Protect Kids From Lead Paint

It establishes procedures to reduce lead dust during renovations

3/30/2008
Combining Internet With Office Visits Cut Heart Attack Risks

Enhanced doctor-patient communication showed big drops in blood pressure, disease scores

3/28/2008
Dads' Substance Use Hurts Expectant Moms' Efforts to Quit

Many mothers return to old habits if father continues smoking, drinking, study says

3/28/2008
Family Study Associates Pesticide Use With Parkinson's Risk

Study found strongest ties to herbicides and insecticides

3/27/2008
Sharp Rise in U.S. Hepatitis C-Related Deaths

Middle-aged hardest hit; better testing likely contributed to increase

3/27/2008
Popular Colonoscopy Prep Solution May Pose Kidney Risks

Dangers of phosphate solution extend to those without renal disease, study says

3/27/2008
Biologists Discover How Dengue Virus Matures

Finding may aid efforts to treat other infections

3/27/2008
FDA Probing Possible Link Between Asthma Drug and Suicide Risk

Singulair, top-selling drug for teens, under review by U.S. agency and manufacturer Merck

3/27/2008
Gaps Persist in Use of Less Invasive Breast Cancer Procedure

Non-white women, aged and the poor less likely to receive sentinel lymph node biopsy, research shows

3/26/2008
Drugs Approved Under Deadline More Likely to Run Into Trouble Later

Mandated approval times lead to fixes after medications have reached millions, study says

3/25/2008
DNA-Based HPV Tests More Accurate Than Pap Smears

Findings show they detect more precancerous cervical lesions

3/25/2008
Some Cancer Trials Overstate Findings, Analysis Claims

Group-randomized research sometimes uses inappropriate statistical analysis of a prevention effort