Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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6/12/2008
Pennsylvania Injuries Rise After Repeal of Helmet Law

Study finds 32% increase in motorcyclists' head trauma deaths since law revoked in 2003

6/12/2008
228 People in 22 States Sickened in Ongoing Salmonella-Tomato Outbreak

Meanwhile, Congressional report faults FDA on food safety

6/12/2008
Asian Kids Have Later Bedtimes, Less Total Sleep

Cross-culture study finds vast differences in habits, parents' perceptions of problems

6/12/2008
Breast-Feeding Support Lacking at Many Hospitals, Birth Centers

CDC reports 7 southern states scored lowest, while western and New England states did best

6/12/2008
Teens Sleep Longer With Delayed School Starts

Most report less daytime sleepiness when opening bell is pushed back, study concludes

6/11/2008
New Bird Flu Vaccine Shows Promise

Whole-virus version safe, effective and can be made quickly, researchers say

6/11/2008
Children's Neck Size Associated With Sleep Disorders

Study says it should be considered in those with history of snoring, apnea

6/11/2008
U.S. Health Officials Closer to Origin of Salmonella Outbreak

Certain states have been ruled out as source of contaminated tomatoes, they add

6/11/2008
DNA Coding May Make Bowel Prone to Cancer

'Addicted' cells provide early diagnosis; diet could affect changes, study says

6/11/2008
Sleep Apnea Linked to Memory Loss

Study finds disorder shrinks brain cells much the way alcohol, Alzheimer's do

6/10/2008
Researchers Update Risk-of-Death Charts

Authors hope it will encourage disease/prevention efforts

6/10/2008
Decline in Cigarette Sales Offset by Use of Alternative Products

Low taxes on substitute tobacco items keep addiction affordable, study says

6/10/2008
FDA Expands Tomato Warning Nationwide

Restaurants, markets stop offering some products after 167 people in 17 states sickened by salmonella, CDC reports

6/10/2008
Combat Vets Display Severe Sleep Disorders

But their tech savvy helps them use online programs as well as drugs to help problem

6/10/2008
New Treatment Shows Promise for Excessive Drinking

Boosting brain protein in animal study cut desire, relapse in as little as 10 minutes

6/9/2008
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections

Daily care of teeth, gums keeps risk of bacterial disease in valves at bay

6/9/2008
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk

Findings suggest current dietary requirements need to be increased

6/9/2008
Sleepy Driving Prevalent Among Collegians

17% said they had dropped off at wheel, with 2.2% reporting accidents as result

6/9/2008
Too Much Cell Phone Time Takes Toll on Teen Sleep

Study found excessive use made adolescents more sleepy, restless and stressed

6/9/2008
College Night Owls Have Lower Grades

Study finds students who are morning people function better on tests

6/9/2008
Health Tip: Prevent Mold in the Home

Rid the area of moisture

6/9/2008
6/9/2008
Family History Plays Role in Black Colon Screen Rates

Reason unclear, but study says doctor recommendation key to higher participation

6/8/2008
Sleep: A Necessity, Not a Luxury

An estimated 40 million Americans don't get a good night's rest

6/7/2008
Doctors Urged to Look for Link Between Type 2 Diabetes, Sleep Apnea

Group pushes new clinical practices to have patients presenting with one checked for other

6/7/2008
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page

Math converts two systems into better measurement, study says

6/7/2008
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications

Periodontal disease associated with higher levels of insulin resistance, studies say

6/6/2008
Genetically Engineered Mice Regenerate Beta Cells

Finding may prove a major advance in type 1 diabetes research, study says

6/6/2008
Genetic Factors Affect Codeine's Work as Painkiller

Low levels of an enzyme inhibit liver's ability to convert it into morphine

6/6/2008
With Summer Comes Snake Bites

Most common in southern climes, with young men most likely victims, experts say

6/6/2008
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance

Over time, players less able to transfer weight on shots, so being in shape can improve scores

6/5/2008
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk

Flavonoids in these foods may also counteract damage tobacco does to DNA, study suggests

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