Misc. Safety and Public Health News

Date Posted
Article Title
12/13/2007
High-Dose Chemo Provides Little Benefit to Breast Cancer Patients

Review of studies finds regimen popular in 1980s doesn't really lengthen life

12/12/2007
Statins Can Boost Brain Hemorrhage Risk After Stroke

For most patients, small risk is outweighed by the benefits, experts say

12/12/2007
High Blood Pressure Key Factor for Cardiovascular Disease

Only one-third to one-half of those getting treatment reach their target levels, survey finds

12/11/2007
Older Diabetics Using Avandia Face Increased Death Risk

Canadian study also found those over 65 more likely to have heart trouble with drug

12/11/2007
Chest Compressions Effective in Emergency Cardiac Arrest

Simple bystander-delivered CPR without mouth-to-mouth boosted survival outcomes

12/11/2007
Abdominal Fat Tied to High Risk for Coronary Trouble

Waist-hip ratio measurement is a strong predictor of heart disease, Britsh study says

12/11/2007
Amount of Exercise Key to Lowering Kids' Blood Pressure

Study finds total levels of activity more important than intensity

12/7/2007
Health Tip: Best Toys for Baby

Both safe and stimulating

12/6/2007
Common Household Chemical Could Raise Breast Cancer Risk

Experiments with rats show early exposure causes genetic changes in breast cells

12/4/2007
Observational Studies Often Overshadow Clinical Research

First findings seem to stick, even when controlled trials later contradict them

12/4/2007
3 Common Drugs Trigger Most ER Visits by Seniors

Warfarin, insulin and digoxin account for a third of drug-related ER trips, study says

12/3/2007
Most ERs Not Fully Prepared for Pediatric Patients

Only 6 percent had all the recommended equipment, survey finds

12/1/2007
More Young Americans Are Contracting HIV

On eve of World AIDS Day, U.S. experts wonder what has gone wrong

12/1/2007
FDA Report Says Nation's Health at Risk

The agency can't keep up with increasing demands, new technologies, subcommittee finds

11/27/2007
New Automated System Can ID Disaster Victims in Minutes

It uses software and X-rays to produce fast, accurate results, study says

11/23/2007
Fetal Exposure to Arsenic Affects Genes

Contaminated water could boost child's cancer risk, study finds

11/20/2007
Pedometer Pushes People to Walk More

More steps lead to lower blood pressure, more weight loss, study finds

11/20/2007
Hurricanes Katrina, Rita Left Skin Rashes in Their Wake

CDC researchers detail dermatologic conditions of workers rebuilding New Orleans

11/16/2007
Live Christmas Trees Can Trigger Mold Allergies

Spore counts soar when evergreens are brought indoors, researchers find

11/15/2007
Experts Release New Cystic Fibrosis Guidelines

Includes updated info on which drugs work, which don't

11/12/2007
Key to MRSA Virulence in Community Discovered

Bacteria target immune system cells sent to kill them, study finds

11/11/2007
Cocaine Use Dulls Brain's Sensitivity to Rewards

Findings suggest why even positive incentives don't help ease addiction

11/10/2007
Arthritis Takes Major Toll on Workplace

Disabled may face changing hours, responsibilities, even termination, study finds

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