Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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11/8/2007
U.S. Smoking Rates Stall

7 years of declines stopped in 2004, CDC report shows

11/6/2007
Experts Propose Rules to Rate Hospitals' Safety

Concise reporting would ensure validity of patient safety findings, group says

11/5/2007
CPR, Defibrillator Combo Boosts Cardiac Incident Survival

Making more AEDs available in communities could save hundreds of lives, study finds

11/5/2007
Trasylol Pulled From Worldwide Market

FDA says clotting drug poses increased death risk, while company says drug still has benefits

11/1/2007
Consumers Still Buying Risky Imported Drugs Online: FDA

Many seem to be doing so to avoid need for a prescription, agency says

10/26/2007
A Happy Halloween Means Safety First

Key precautions can help to ensure your child's well-being

10/19/2007
Drug-Resistant Staph Infections Reaching Epidemic Levels in Some Parts of U.S.

CDC official notes southern part of country most affected

10/11/2007
Concerns Rise Over U.S. Food Safety

Recalls, food poisonings point to serious shortcomings, some experts say

10/11/2007
Drug Makers Withdraw Cough, Cold Meds for Infants

Move comes as U.S. regulators scrutinize safety of products linked to dozens of deaths

9/29/2007
FDA Experts Urge Ban on Cold Medicines for Young Children

Safety review finds 123 deaths linked to the products since 1969

9/28/2007
FDA Cracks Down on Unapproved Cough Medicines

Some 200 prescription drugs with hydrocodone could be involved

9/12/2007
Jogging in Traffic Cuts Blood Flow to Heart

Men with stable heart disease showed effect after brief exposure to diesel exhaust

9/10/2007
Injuries, Deaths Tied to Consumer Drugs Rise Sharply

'Adverse events' more than doubled between 1998 and 2005

9/7/2007
Health Tip: Safety at the Salon

Things to check before your manicure

9/4/2007
Smoking in Movies May Put Teens at Risk

Silver screen cues tend to reinforce positive associations with the habit, study says

9/3/2007
Work Time Predicts Sleep Time

Commuting to job also determines slumber hours, study says

9/1/2007
Scientists ID Likely Culprit in 'Popcorn Lung'

Dutch team zeroes in on diacetyl, a key component of butter flavoring in microwave brands

8/31/2007
Seniors Need a Safety Plan in Face of Disasters

Medicines, contacts just part of emergency package necessary for survival, group says

8/31/2007
Nasal Anthrax Vaccine Proves Effective in Animal Study

Though not ready for humans, it offered immunity for at least 6 months

8/31/2007
Computer-Related Eye Strain Not Just for Adults

Optometrists urge parents to screen kids' online habits to prevent vision problems

8/30/2007
Pollen, Fruits, Veggies Help Trigger Oral Allergy Syndrome

Cooking foods can reduce or prevent allergic reactions, group suggests

8/29/2007
School, Church Activities May Help Curb Youth Smoking

Kids less likely to light up if postive values are stressed, study suggests

8/29/2007
Case Management Cost-Effective Way to Cut Heart Risks

California study shows such visits with patients reduced risk by 10% and also cut costs

8/28/2007
Antibacterial Soap Claims Just Don't Wash

Consumer products no more effective than plain cleansers at preventing infection, study says

8/28/2007
U.S. Initiative Seeks to Boost Hispanic Stroke Awareness

Community-based education effort to stress recognition of symptoms, emergency procedures

8/27/2007
Giving CPR Kits to Kids Nudges Parents to Learn

Danish study found seventh graders trained an average of 2.5 friends, family members

8/27/2007
Heart Attacks at School Involve More Adults Than Kids

Whether defibrillators should be available an open question, researcher says

8/27/2007
Obesity Rate in U.S. Still Climbing

New findings show no state posted a decline in adult rates last year

8/23/2007
Bacteria 'See' the Light

Finding might lead to new ways to detect or destroy bacteria, experts say

8/21/2007
Scientists Develop 'Natural' Protection for Stored Foods

Biodegradable polymers infused with herbal extracts could extend product shelf life

8/20/2007
Spirometry Testing for COPD Underused

Only a third of patients given the analysis, report says

8/16/2007
New Strategy Stretches Bird Flu Vaccine

Researchers say more people could be protected in possible pandemic

8/15/2007
Chemical Flame Retardants Linked to Thyroid Disease in Cats

Finding could be a sign of possible health threat to humans, researchers say

8/12/2007
U.S. Hispanics Focus of Free Cholesterol Checks

Up to half have not been screened in the last 5 years, group says

8/7/2007
Limits on Social Contact Helped Fight Flu Pandemic

Quarantines, school closings could be valuable in a future threat, study of 1918 influenza epidemic finds.

8/5/2007
Eye Health Group Backs Kids' Sight-Saving Bills

2 of 3 U.S. children fail to get checkups by age 6, Prevent Blindness America says

8/3/2007
Scientists Probe How HIV Infection Turns Into AIDS

They've devised a new model that could point to better drug targets

7/30/2007
Drinking Teens Eschewing Beer for Hard Liquor

Four-state CDC study tracks teens' alcohol preferences

7/29/2007
Free Booklet Gives the Facts on Lung Cancer

Online guide aimed at the newly diagnosed, National Lung Cancer Partnership says

7/27/2007
Agent Orange May Boost Vietnam Vets' Hypertension Risk

Federal report also revisits risks for a number of cancers

7/27/2007
Nurses, Printers at Increased Asthma Risk

1 in 4 new cases linked to on-the-job exposures, research suggests

7/19/2007
Botulism Linked to Canned Hot Dog Chili Sauce

U.S. health officials warn consumers to throw away products

7/18/2007
Bush Creates Panel to Oversee Imported Foods

Move follows growing worries about safety of nation's food supply

7/11/2007
iPod Helped Lightning Jolt Jogger

Ear buds conducted bolt into his head, doctors say

7/11/2007
Folic Acid Fortification a Success in Canada

Decrease in neural tube birth defects even more than seen in the U.S., study finds

7/7/2007
Heat-Related Illnesses Take the Fun Out of Sun

Using sunscreen, drinking water, covering up are just what the doctor orders

7/5/2007
Most Sunscreens Aren't Up to the Task

They offer some protection, but you need to take additional steps to avoid skin cancer

7/4/2007
Don't Get Burned by Heat Stroke

Potentially deadly illness can usually be prevented, experts advise

7/4/2007
Protect Your Pets From Fireworks

Loud noises, bright objects traumatize animals, so take safety measures

7/3/2007
When It Comes to Fireworks, Leave the Shows to the Pros

An estimated 10,800 injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2005