Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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4/2/2007
Pneumococcal Vaccine Helps Prevent Kids' Ear Infections

Study finds rates of repeated ear infections

3/30/2007
Emotions Play Major Role in Teen Condom Use

Managing stress associated with birth control key to promoting safe sex, study finds

3/29/2007
Physical Activity Cuts Risk of Repetitive Strain Injury

Exercise may make muscles more resilient, improve balance, experts say

3/27/2007
Health Tip: Grill Safely

So your outdoor cooking plans don't go up in smoke

3/26/2007
Dipstick Test Detects Spoiled Food

American research team develops a format that spots bacterial breakdown of food

3/25/2007
Heart Test Shows Who Needs Implantable Defibrillators

It also spots those patients who don't need the cardiac rhythm devices, study says

3/23/2007
Genetically Modified Foods: Boon or Boondoggle?

U.S. regulators say they're safe, but critics aren't convinced

3/23/2007
Fitted Sports Gear Key to Eye Protection

40,000 injuries a year could be cut with appropriate use of safety lenses

3/18/2007
U.S. Opens Study of Prescription Drug Abuse Treatments

6 million Americans reported nonmedical opioid use in previous month, experts say

3/14/2007
Many Blacks, Hispanics Misinformed About Alzheimer's

Stigma surrounding the disease can delay diagnosis, a survey finds

3/12/2007
FDA Announces New Safety Guidelines for Fresh-Cut Produce

Goal is to reduce food-borne illnesses from bacterial contamination

3/10/2007
Pets Can Bring Parasite Dangers

A few common-sense steps can keep germs away from loved ones, group says

3/6/2007
Medication Errors During Surgeries Particularly Dangerous

Study of 500 U.S. hospitals found mistakes in this setting were three times more likely to cause harm

3/5/2007
Intimate Partner Abuse Affects Broad Spectrum of Ages

Study finds 4% of women aged 65 and older reported mistreatment within past 5 years

3/5/2007
Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV

A protein in mucosal cells helps keep infection rates down

3/3/2007
Heartburn or Heart Attack? Know the Symptoms

Experts offer useful pointers, urging people to err on the side of caution

3/1/2007
Exercise Helps Slow Smokers' Lung Function Decline

Activity levels tied to 21% drop in new cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

2/28/2007
Hepatitis B Drug Triggers HIV Drug Resistance

Finding calls for change in labeling and use, researchers say

2/27/2007
Smoking May Be Risk Factor for TB

Tobacco users 73% more likely to become infected, twice as likely to get active disease

2/26/2007
Shoddy Cosmetic Procedures Can Leave Lasting Damage

Asking the right questions beforehand can prevent a lifetime of harm, experts say

2/25/2007
Lead Removal Times Too Lengthy: Study

Clean-up of home toxins getting quicker but lag endangers children

2/24/2007
Experts Offer Dos and Don'ts of Walk-In Clinic Care

Geriatrics Society puts out checklist on using these retail medical centers

2/23/2007
Over-Wrapping Babies in Winter Boosts SIDS Risk

Extra swaddling may sound good, but it keeps heat from venting, expert says

2/23/2007
Don't Leave Kids, Dogs Alone, Study Warns

Experts offer new guide for pet owners and wary passers-by

2/22/2007
Practical Skills Training Keeps College Kids Sober

Brief intervention is most effective in reducing problem drinking, study finds

2/21/2007
Kids of U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Prone to Stress

These youngsters may need special monitoring and care, researchers say

2/21/2007
Long-Term Marijuana Use May Impair Lung Function

Data shows wheezing and phlegm similar to that of cigarette smokers

2/21/2007
Kids Living Near 'Green Spaces' Less Likely to Be Overweight

But socioeconomic factors also play a part in children's activity levels, experts say

2/18/2007
Free Handbook Helps Hispanic Families Tackle ADHD

It helps parents recognize the condition in kids and seek help

2/13/2007
Secondhand Smoke Poses Heart Disease Risk

Study finds warnings signs in blood of those exposed to smoke

2/9/2007
Molecules Show Promise as 'Cocktail' Against Bioweapons

In animal studies, they expanded protection against botulinum neurotoxins

2/8/2007
Beauty Shop-Based Stroke Outreach Works

It improved black women's knowledge of key warning signs, researchers say

2/6/2007
U.S. Cigarette Pack Warnings Ineffective: Study

Last updated in 1984, pack labels need larger type, graphic images to dissuade consumers

1/31/2007
FDA to Monitor Post-Market Drug Safety

Pilot project among proposals agency lays out in response to growing criticism of its operations

1/26/2007
Living Near Freeways Hurts Kids' Lungs

Exposure to emissions could lead to respiratory problems later, experts say

1/25/2007
Mammography Rates Dropping, U.S. Report Finds

Experts worry about whether troubling trend will continue

1/24/2007
Radon in the Home Can Cause Lung Cancer

But simple tests for the odorless, tasteless gas could save your life

1/22/2007
Antivirals Adept at Reducing Flu Spread in Families

Study shows oseltamivir and zanamivir cut chance of illness after exposure by 75% or more

1/21/2007
Winter Skin Care Tips Soften Season's Bite

Simple precautions can keep you in the pink, dermatologist says

1/20/2007
Heavy Metal Toxins a Danger in Homes

Common household sources include old paint, pewter and glazed pottery, experts say

1/15/2007
Narcotics Offer Only Short-Term Relief of Back Pain

Researchers also found abuse occurred in 24 percent of cases

1/15/2007
Health Tip: Use Smoke Detectors Correctly

Here's how to keep them working properly

1/12/2007
Smoking May Play Role in Knee Osteoarthritis

Study suggests men, in particular, face cartilage loss, more severe pain

1/12/2007
Oral Chemotherapy Safeguards Seem Slack: Report

U.S. cancer centers' survey shows most prescription procedures used in intravenous chemotherapy are missing

1/11/2007
Cold Medicines Dangerous for Infants

Dosing mistakes killed three, sent 1,500 to ER, CDC report finds

1/11/2007
FDA Seeks Higher Fees From Drug Industry

Says they're needed to improve safety and oversight; critics cite possible conflict of interest

1/11/2007
Prison Release a Dangerous Health Time for Many

Former inmates have higher immediate risk of death from drug overdose, homicide and suicide, study finds

1/10/2007
Study Backs Worksite Stress Interventions

Tension-reducing programs help hearts and the bottom line, Italian researchers say

1/10/2007
FDA Alerts Pharmaceutical Companies to Potentially Faulty Testing

Letters sent involve more than 1,100 generic and brand-name drugs

1/10/2007
Lower IQs in Childhood Linked to Accident-Prone Adulthood

British study found hospitalizations correlated to intelligence levels, but better education could lower rates