Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

3/25/2008
Dog Flu May Have Been Active as Early as 1999

Canine influenza affecting racing greyhounds closely related to horse virus, study says

3/25/2008
Neighborhood Influences Exercise Levels

Even more than income, where people live determines who goes out to play, study finds

3/24/2008
3/22/2008
Poison Prevention Tips to Protect the Most Vulnerable

Wise use, and storage, of cleaning supplies, chemicals can shield children from harm

3/20/2008
Cleaning Up the World's Sanitation

UN initiative seeks to halve by 2015 the number of people without toilet access

3/20/2008
Health Tip: The ABCs of School Bus Safety

Things your child should know

3/19/2008
FDA Identifies Contaminant in Blood-Thinning Drug

Chemically altered form of natural compound found in heparin samples

3/17/2008
Food-borne Illnesses From Leafy Greens on Rise in U.S.

Increase not explained by higher consumption; more control urged from harvest to preparation

3/14/2008
Blood-Thinner Contaminant Traced to Chinese Plant

As a result, FDA to require testing of all imported heparin

3/13/2008
FDA Panel Supports Anemia Drugs for Cancer Patients

But adds strong caveats on their use for some undergoing chemo

3/13/2008
U.S. Health Officials Back Off Preference for New MMRV Vaccine

CDC reports more seizures seen in toddlers given combined shot; experts stress real risk is still low

3/12/2008
U.S. Syphilis Rate Grows for 7th Year in Row

Increase largely driven by new cases among gay, bisexual men, CDC reports

3/12/2008
Preschool Intervention Curbed Trend Toward Obesity

Kids in program ate less junk food, more fruits and vegetables

3/11/2008
Universal Screening for MRSA in Hospitals Made Little Difference

Swiss study found standard infection control was just as effective

3/11/2008
Outcomes Improve for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients

Survival rates have increased, likely because of advancements in therapy

3/10/2008
Continuous Doctor Care Key to Childhood Screenings

Infants at lower risk for environmental, biological diseases if same physician is used

3/10/2008
New Guidelines Urged for Young Athletes' Neck Injuries

Helmets, pads should be left on, then removed as a unit once patient is stabilized

3/9/2008
Planning for Health Emergencies Eases Stress of Family Travel

Think ahead, expert says, to enjoy vacations when unexpected illness arises

3/8/2008
Aggression on Job More Harmful Than Sexual Harassment

Study finds bullied workers had more stress, less commitment and higher levels of anxiety

3/7/2008
Heparin Problems Reported in Germany

Adverse reactions similar to those in U.S., but product source is different, FDA says