Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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5/19/2007
Ladder-Related Accidents Climb in U.S.: Study

Fractures most common injury, sending more than 136,000 people a year to ERs

5/18/2007
Gardasil Guards Against Vaginal, Vulval Cancers

Researchers found cervical cancer vaccine reduced risk of lesions by 49%

5/17/2007
Air Bags Dangerous for Tall, Small People: Study

A second study finds that women are engaging in increasingly risky driving

5/16/2007
Lifestyle Changes Help Older Women's Hearts After HRT

Exercise, better diet cuts cardiovascular risks, study finds

5/13/2007
Pool Safety Tips Keep Everyone's Head Above Water

Common-sense measures reduce kids' drowning risk, groups say

5/11/2007
Worksite Health Programs Boost the Bottom Line: Study

Better control of diabetes, heart disease means more productive workers

5/10/2007
Proposal to Give FDA More Muscle Gets Mixed Reviews

Senate bill seeks to improve agency's ability to protect public from dangerous drugs

5/8/2007
Retail Tobacco Ads Boost Likelihood of Teens' Smoking

Price cuts, promotions lure casual users into regular puffing, study finds

5/6/2007
Dads' Parenting Style Influences Childhood Obesity

Clear limits, parental follow-through can help curb overweight epidemic

5/4/2007
Diesel Exhaust Impairs Blood Flow to Marrow

Elderly most affected by exposure to the pollutant, researchers say

5/3/2007
Less Sun a Better Bet Than Sunscreens

Protective clothing also cuts your risk of skin cancer, research finds

5/3/2007
Web-Based Asthma Program Helps Kids Manage Symptoms

Multimedia site teaches urban teens to control exacerbating behaviors

4/26/2007
Rare Lung Disease Found in Food-Flavoring Workers

Lead contamination also high among women workers in battery plants, CDC report finds

4/24/2007
Food Prep May Be as Important as Ingredients Themselves

Frying, grilling can boost hazardous inflammatory toxins, scientists say

4/20/2007
A Healthier Planet, a Healthier You

This Earth Day, use an online calculator to gauge your 'carbon footprint'

4/18/2007
Ireland's Smoking Ban Cut Pub Toxins Dramatically

Study found pollutants reduced 83%, secondhand smoke exposure by 99 percent

4/17/2007
U.S. Approves 1st Bird Flu Vaccine

Called an 'interim' measure, it was effective about half the time in trials

4/15/2007
Change of Season Brings Lawn Mower Warning

Pediatric experts remind homeowners that small fingers, large blades don't mix

4/14/2007
Rattlesnake Capsules Linked to Salmonella Poisoning

Hispanic folk remedy may contain lethal bacteria, expert warns

4/13/2007
Free Asthma Screenings to be Offered Across the U.S.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and tests will be run at 300 locations

4/13/2007
90% of Elementary School Kids Are Bullied: Survey

Some experts doubt the problem is that pervasive, but all agree it needs to be eliminated

4/13/2007
Teens' 'Competence Skills' Key to Avoiding Drug Abuse: Study

Strong self-image, ability to say 'no' deciding factors in resisting peer pressure

4/13/2007
Scientists Frustrated in Search for Genital Herpes Vaccine

Better funding could help defeat the virus, which infects 1 in 5 Americans

4/12/2007
E. Coli Cases on the Rise

CDC report shows cases of other foodborne illnesses holding steady or decreasing

4/12/2007
Majority of State Medicaid Programs Plan 'Pay-for-Performance' Standards

Nationwide survey finds focus is on improving quality of U.S. care

4/11/2007
Monitoring Blood Pressure Is Everyone's Business

May 17 marks World Hypertension Day, and the focus is on prevention, lifestyle changes

4/10/2007
Suicides Likelier in Homes With Guns: Study

It's one of top three causes of death among people under 45

4/10/2007
Severely Obese Are Fastest Growing Segment of Overweight Americans

Study finds this group grew by 50% from 2000 to 2005

4/4/2007
April 5 Is U.S. Alcohol Screening Day

Group offers anonymous testing to determine dependency, paths to recovery

4/4/2007
Guidelines Target Prevention of Sudden Heart Death in Young Athletes

Task force focuses on quick action in first critical minutes

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