Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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1/27/2008
Radon Gas More Deadly Than Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

EPA campaign in January heightens awareness, tries to reduce risk

1/25/2008
Geriatrician Care Guards Against Risk of Inappropriate Meds

National study found it lowered chances of being prescribed wrong drug or dosage

1/25/2008
Colonoscopy 'Coaches' Play Lifesaving Role

Patients who got calls from those who had gotten procedure were more likely to keep first appointment

1/24/2008
Key Anthrax Virulence Factor Discovered

Bacterial nitric oxide protects pathogen from immune system attacks

1/24/2008
Next Generation of Parents More Likely to Back Genetic Testing

Survey found adult children of parents with BRCA mutations would be more willing to test their own kids

1/24/2008
Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Small Trial

First test in country where disease is endemic produced strong results

1/22/2008
Liver Cancer Drug Raises Blood Pressure

Patients taking Nexavar need to be monitored closely, study says

1/21/2008
One Strain Behind Epidemic of Staph Infections

Government study found most MRSA infections in community linked to single evolving bacterium

1/20/2008
Illness Presents Diabetics With Special Challenges

Managing medications when sick can keep complications at arm's length, group advises

1/19/2008
Smallest Air Pollution Particles Hurt Heart Most

Cause plaque build-up in arteries, negate effects of "good" cholesterol

1/19/2008
FDA Warns Clot Risk Higher in Birth Control Patch Than Pill

Agency is updating Ortho Evra's labeling to reflect results of new study

1/18/2008
Mediterranean Diet for Mom Fends Off Asthma, Allergies in Kids

But eating red meat more than 3 times weekly may increase risk, study suggests

1/18/2008
Heart Association Renews Call for CPR Training

If more people knew the technique, more lives could be saved

1/17/2008
Report Urges More Research Into Cell Phones

Experts cite a lack of knowledge of health risks posed by long-term use

1/17/2008
Cold Meds Not Safe for Kids Under 2, FDA Warns

Decision on kids aged 2-12 expected this spring, officials add

1/17/2008
Malnutrition Responsible for a Third of Child Deaths Worldwide

Report also found it accounted for 11% of international disease burden

1/16/2008
Vitamin D May Curb Falls in High-Risk Older Women

Supplementation tied to a 23% reduced risk of falling in winter, spring

1/16/2008
U.S. Food Safety: A Shopping List of Solutions

Proposals include creating 'superagency,' boosting FDA funding and encouraging global alliances

1/16/2008
U.S. Food Safety: Solutions at a Glance

From user fees to traceability reforms, no shortages here

1/16/2008
U. S. Food Safety: Protect Yourself Against Food Poisoning

Tips to help keep what you eat free of bacteria

1/15/2008
Calcium Supplements Could Raise Heart Risks in Postmenopausal Women

Study found those taking tablets had 47% higher risk of cardiovascular trouble

1/15/2008
Foods From Cloned Animals Safe to Eat: FDA

Agency says that no dangers are posed to American consumers

1/15/2008
ER Wait Times Getting Longer

Even those needing most urgent care are waiting more, study finds

1/15/2008
U.S. Food Safety: The Import Alarm Keeps Sounding

As America's taste for imported food increases, the urgency for quality controls does also

1/15/2008
U.S. Food Safety: Foodborne Illnesses a Menu for Disaster

Main offenders are bacterial, and they can strike at any time

1/14/2008
U.S. Food Safety: Home-Grown Problems Abound

As the variety of tainted products widens, the concerns about oversight deepen

1/14/2008
U.S. Food Safety: A Grocery List of Tainted Products

Recent recalls covered everything from spinach to meat to children's snacks

1/14/2008
Health Tip: Cell Phone Safety

Be careful on the road

1/14/2008
1/12/2008
Helmets Save Lives in Winter Sports

Snow activities boost head injury risk, but experts say precautions can keep you safe

1/11/2008
High-Tech Device Cuts Errors in Mixing Meds

Uses 'light' fingerprint to check compounds blended at hospital pharmacy

1/11/2008
Sun Savvy Sadly Lacking Among Americans

Most people practice risky behaviors while under its glare, study finds

1/10/2008
New Proteins That Help HIV Grow Identified

Finding could lead to treatments for when antiviral drugs fail

1/8/2008
Small Lifestyle Changes Can Boost Longevity

Not smoking, exercising, moderate drinking, eating veggies could add 14 years, study says

1/7/2008
Eye Care Lacking in Many Who Buy Contact Lenses Online

But those who bought from doctors checked their prescriptions, kept exam dates, study finds

1/7/2008
Health Tip: Stay Safe on the Stairs

A common place for seniors to fall

1/4/2008
Treating Childhood Pneumonia at Home Could Save Lives in Developing Countries

Not going to the hospital might be best course, study finds

1/1/2008
Health Tip: Cosmetics Safety

Prevent infection or irritation from makeup

12/31/2007
Seasonal Safety Tips for Older Adults

Some seniors have a hard time coping with winter's chill, experts warn

12/31/2007
See to It That New Year's Eve Is Safe

Group's eye safety tips can help everyone uncork a merry celebration

12/30/2007
Gain a Foothold on Winter Walking Safety

Tread carefully in slush and ice, and use caution when exiting transportation

12/29/2007
Put Safety First During Winter Fun

Serious injuries can happen to kids if precautions are skipped, experts say

12/27/2007
Chronic Coughs Need a Doctor's Attention

Persistent respiratory distress is the body's way of saying, 'Help!'

12/26/2007
Food Pyramid for Older Adults Gets an Update

Added emphasis on physical activity joins USDA guidance on nutrition and healthy weight

12/25/2007
Cabin Fever Has an Online Cure This Year

National Wildlife Federation site shows parks and green spaces close to your zip code

12/25/2007
Post-Holiday Letdown Can Be Avoided

Healthy diet, exercise are real blues-beaters, experts say

12/24/2007
Beware Holiday Toys That Can Injure Young Eyes

Darts, BB and paintball guns are among those that pose a threat, experts warn

12/24/2007
Health Tip: Holiday Decorating Safety

Take care with lights and other decorations

12/23/2007
Give Yourself the Gift of Sleep for the Holidays

Getting an early start on tasks and doing a little each day cuts stress, expert says

12/20/2007
Make Safe Toys Your Holiday Priority

Many toys aren't a good fit, particularly for younger children