Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

3/6/2008
Soaking Potatoes Before Frying Cuts Suspected Carcinogen

Findings show even a simple washing reduces acrylamide levels by up to 23%

3/5/2008
FDA Finds Contaminant in Baxter's Recalled Heparin Products

But officials can't say if it's responsible for adverse events, deaths reported

3/3/2008
Obese Children Face More Complications During Surgery

Study says breathing-related problems more likely in the overweight

3/3/2008
Health Tip: Safe Snow Shoveling

Take extra precautions

3/2/2008
Surviving Daylight Saving Switch

Night owls especially need to readjust to cope with loss of hour's sleep on March 9

2/29/2008
Disabled Cite Need to Improve Wireless Devices

Survey finds use of these aids is increasing but better functionality is sought

2/29/2008
Baxter Recalls Rest of Heparin Products

Investigation into allergic reactions, deaths related to blood thinner continues

2/26/2008
HIV Drug in Microbicide Gel Safe for Daily Use

None of the 200 women volunteers got HIV during 6-month study

2/26/2008
Web Tool Aids Men in Prostate Decisions

They had more data but were less likely to get screened than those who used official sites

2/25/2008
Blood Clots in Legs, Lungs Predispose Patients to Repeat Episodes

They're at risk for new blockages within 3 years, study finds

2/24/2008
How to Be Heart Smart at the Supermarket

Dietitian offers advice on navigating nutrition claims and food labels

2/22/2008
Heart Disease Deaths Over-Reported in New York City

Study says doctors overestimated in-hospital mortality by 51%

2/22/2008
FDA Panel OKs 3 New Flu Strains for Next Year's Vaccine

Officials hope to target versions current shot misses, but fall production may be delayed

2/21/2008
Taking Multiple Pain Relievers May Cause Complications

Dual use of prescription, over-the-counter drugs raises risk of adverse side effects

2/21/2008
Poverty Drains Nutrition From Family Diet

Study found adults ate worse than children did in 'food-insecure' households

2/20/2008
Cognitive Impairment Declining in Older Adults

Education, wealth play big part in downward trend, study suggests

2/19/2008
Biannual Antibiotics May Cut Major Cause of Blindness in Africa

Ocular strain of chlamydia responds well to expanded treatment, report says

2/19/2008
Heart Attacks in Hospital More Deadly at Night, on Weekends

Study suggests staffing, systemic issues behind difference in mortality rates

2/19/2008
2 Mutations Were Critical to Spread of 1918 Flu

The findings could aid investigation of current bird flu, experts say

2/18/2008
Portable Computer Devices Can Aid Exercise Programs

PDAs beeped reminders to participants, and they worked out longer, study shows

2/18/2008
One Drink May Help Heart, But Two Is Too Many

Extra glass negates immediate benefits to circulation, Canadian study says

2/17/2008
Don't Lose Sight of Vision Care, Group Urges

February is 'Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month'

2/15/2008
Ignition Locks Prevent Repeat DWI Offenses

First-timers with devices 60% less likely to do it again, study finds

2/15/2008
HEPA Filters May Improve Cardiovascular Health

Danish researchers find reducing air particulates for just 2 days helped small blood vessels

2/15/2008
Obesity Raises Cancer Risk

British study details differences between genders, ethnic groups

2/14/2008
Older Smokers More Likely to Deny Habit

Findings challenge validity of self-reported tobacco use in research, care

2/14/2008
U.S. Seeks to Limit Animal Testing of Toxic Chemicals

Future screening would rely on lab cells, robots, computer models

2/14/2008
'Choking Game' Turned Deadly for 82 Youths

CDC report found surge in fatalities from strangulation game in 2005-2006

2/14/2008
Acute Coronary Events Drop After Italy's Public Smoking Ban

Analysis shows young people in low socioeconomic areas had greatest reduction

2/13/2008
Fixing Poor Vision Boosts Preschoolers' Test Scores

Early intervention with glasses brought them up to snuff with peers, study finds

2/11/2008
Gene Variations Help Regulate Response to Stress

Adults abused in childhood lack protective changes against depression, U.S. study says

2/10/2008
Baseline Exam Is Key to Eye Health

Group urges greater screening for early signs of disease during 'Save Your Vision' month

2/9/2008
Campaign Targets Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Kids

Children, parents urged to turn down the volume on personal music players

2/8/2008
FDA Warns of Children's Deaths Linked to Botox

Anti-wrinkle drug and competitor Myobloc under agency safety review

2/8/2008
Staying Dry at Beach May Spare Your Stomach

Longer exposure to water, wet sand boosts gastrointestinal illness risk, study says

2/8/2008
Depression in Young Doctors Tied to Medication Errors

Findings show trainees 6 times more likely to make mistakes

2/7/2008
Report Shows Dangerous Chemical Can Leach From Baby Bottles

Environmentalists want bisphenol A banned from products for infants

2/4/2008
New Guideline Urges Screening for Fall Risk

Those with poor balance, dementia, vision loss most in peril, group says

2/4/2008
Eye Blinks May ID Fetal Alcohol Exposure

Study links a brain area to later learning deficits

2/4/2008
Parental Drinking Boosts Teen Alcohol Risks

Abuse hinders parenting ability, leading to risky environment, study says