Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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5/19/2008
Silver-Coated Endotracheal Tubes Cut Down on Infections

Saves money and time spent in intensive care units, researcher says

5/19/2008
Firefighters May Face Higher Risk of Bladder Cancer

Long-term exposure to smoke, chemicals boosts odds, but routine screening could help

5/18/2008
Study Finds Gender Disparity in Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Men checking into ERs sicker than women, more likely to die within a year

5/17/2008
FDA Panel Considers Toll-Free Number for TV Drug Ads

Consumers could report side effects, but critics want agency to act, not wait years

5/15/2008
Weight-Loss Aids Bought on Internet Might Harm Your Heart

Pills, supplements have potentially dangerous ingredients, lack warning labels, study finds

5/14/2008
Waterpipe Smoking in Colleges Could Become Public Health Problem

They contain same toxins as cigarettes, but users think they're safer, study finds

5/14/2008
Pollution Particles Impair Blood Vessel Function

Study finds pressure readings rise, urges broader public action to curb effects

5/14/2008
Danger From Heart Surgery Drug Confirmed

FDA says manufacturer of Trasylol now removing remaining stock of drug from U.S. market, following new data on increased death risk.

5/14/2008
Health Tip: Harmful Chemicals in Your Home

Safety guidelines for household products

5/14/2008
Health Tip: Facts About Fleas

How to recognize and get rid of the pests

5/14/2008
Death Gap Widens Between Educated and Those Not

Socioeconomic inequalities blamed for increasing disparity overall, study finds

5/13/2008
DNA Fingerprinting Could ID Viable Embryos

Finding may lead to improved pregnancy rates for in vitro patients, fewer multiple pregnancies

5/12/2008
High Blood Pressure Still Slipping Past Doctors

Study finds little more than half of patients were checked, only 39% met treatment goals

5/12/2008
Health Tip: Using Hair Dyes

Follow safety steps to reduce risks

5/11/2008
Nasal Irrigation Can Help Fight Spring Allergies

Ingredients can be bought over the counter and safely used at home

5/10/2008
Protective Eyewear Key to Sports Safety

Kids and pros need to play smart to avoid devastating vision injuries, group says

5/9/2008
Fighting a Fungus That Thrives on Tomatoes

Scientists find disease-resistant gene wards off fusarium wilt on leaves

5/9/2008
Young Adults Using Alcohol, Drugs for Better Sex

Recreational use of stimulants a fixture of European nightlife, study says

5/9/2008
Telemedicine a Cost-Effective Alternative to ER Visits

Study finds more than 25% of pediatric 'emergencies' could have been handled online

5/9/2008
Training Student Leaders Cuts Peers' Smoking Rates

U.K. study finds overall 25% drop in those who take up the habit

5/9/2008
Group B Strep Down Among Newborns, Up Among Adults

Study calls vaccination trials for mothers, new treatments for elderly a priority

5/9/2008
Steno 'Superbug' Genome Shows Extreme Drug Resistance

Blood poisoner has claimed the lives of 30% of infected patients in U.K., researchers say

5/9/2008
Acrylamide Raises Kidney Cancer Risk

Study found high intake of compound in fried foods, snacks, coffee upped chances of disease

5/8/2008
Outside Workers Least Likely to Get Skin Exams

But rest of workforce lax as well in getting checked for cancers caused by sun exposure

5/8/2008
TV Coverage of Tragedies Often Lacks Prevention Messages

When police, fire officials interviewed, viewers twice as likely to hear advice

5/8/2008
Mental Illness Costs U.S. Billions in Lost Earnings

Study say figures are most likely too conservative

5/7/2008
Electronic Pillbox Helps Seniors Stick to Drug Regimens

Study found fewer doses were missed, more doses taken on time

5/7/2008
Quarter of Disabled Seniors Use Risky Medications

Drugs regarded as ineffective or posing high risk of side effects, analysis finds

5/7/2008
Cleaner Air May Threaten Amazon Rainforest

Reducing sulphur dioxide emissions linked to increasing risk of drought, scientists say

5/6/2008
Kidney Trouble Short-Lived in Most Liver Transplant Patients

Study finds short-term dysfunction while awaiting operation rarely turns chronic

5/6/2008
Alcoholism Gender Gap Is Closing

Changing social mores, opportunities for women make it not just a 'man's disease' anymore

5/6/2008
Obesity-Related Inflammation Boosts Heart Risks

Blood chemicals in overweight participants were key predictors of organ failure, study says

5/3/2008
Middle Class Uninsured Kids' Health Risk Almost as High as Poor Children's

More than 40% of middle class children with no health insurance don't see a doctor all year

5/2/2008
9/11 Counselors at Risk for Secondary Trauma

Social workers hearing repeated stories can suffer post-traumatic stress of their own

5/2/2008
New Targets Found That Stop Tumor Growth

Blocking blood vessel formation has already worked against breast, colon cancers

5/1/2008
Measles Outbreak Rises to 64 Cases, Most Since 2001

CDC says failure to be vaccinated is behind the worrisome trend

5/1/2008
Home Monitoring Program Improves Outcomes for Heart Patients

Remote screening cut hospital readmissions, provided timely intervention

5/1/2008
3 Women Suffer Kidney Failure After Derriere Injections

The procedures were done at an unlicensed clinic in North Carolina, CDC says

5/1/2008
Free Asthma Screenings Offered in May

National program aims to educate patients on best ways to get condition under control

4/30/2008
Tree-Lined Streets Associated With Lower Childhood Asthma Rates

Plants may help improve air quality and encourage youngsters to play more outdoors

4/30/2008
Staff Training Reduces Postpartum Bleeding, Episiotomies

Studies urge oxytocin use after delivery, re-evaluation of accepted birthing practices

4/30/2008
Report Slams U.S. Food Safety System

Overhaul of outdated inspection practices desperately needed, critics say

4/29/2008
Cervical Cancer Screens Effective But More Can Be Done

Women who don't have timely tests 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with advanced disease

4/29/2008
Many Americans Share Prescription Meds

Roughly a quarter of those asked had borrowed, given away allergy pills, antibiotics and painkillers

4/29/2008
International Consortium Will Hunt Down Genetics of Cancer

Genomic data will be made available for free to researchers around the world

4/29/2008
Measurements Poor for Assessing Clinical Trials With Children

Few studies since 1950 had agreement on standard outcomes, review finds

4/26/2008
Lip Balms and Glosses May Boost Skin Cancer Risks

It's the shine that attracts ultraviolet rays, but sunscreen base can help, expert says

4/25/2008
Diluted Seawater Boosts Nutritional Content of Tomatoes

A 12% solution increased levels of antioxidants, researchers say

4/25/2008
Disordered Eating Is Widespread Among U.S. Women

75% say they behave abnormally around food, survey finds

4/25/2008
U.S. Air Pollution Standards Don't Protect Asthmatic Kids

Children suffer even when pollutants fall below acceptable levels, study finds