Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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8/23/2007
Bacteria 'See' the Light

Finding might lead to new ways to detect or destroy bacteria, experts say

8/21/2007
Scientists Develop 'Natural' Protection for Stored Foods

Biodegradable polymers infused with herbal extracts could extend product shelf life

8/20/2007
Spirometry Testing for COPD Underused

Only a third of patients given the analysis, report says

8/16/2007
New Strategy Stretches Bird Flu Vaccine

Researchers say more people could be protected in possible pandemic

8/15/2007
Chemical Flame Retardants Linked to Thyroid Disease in Cats

Finding could be a sign of possible health threat to humans, researchers say

8/12/2007
U.S. Hispanics Focus of Free Cholesterol Checks

Up to half have not been screened in the last 5 years, group says

8/7/2007
Limits on Social Contact Helped Fight Flu Pandemic

Quarantines, school closings could be valuable in a future threat, study of 1918 influenza epidemic finds.

8/5/2007
Eye Health Group Backs Kids' Sight-Saving Bills

2 of 3 U.S. children fail to get checkups by age 6, Prevent Blindness America says

8/3/2007
Scientists Probe How HIV Infection Turns Into AIDS

They've devised a new model that could point to better drug targets

7/30/2007
Drinking Teens Eschewing Beer for Hard Liquor

Four-state CDC study tracks teens' alcohol preferences

7/29/2007
Free Booklet Gives the Facts on Lung Cancer

Online guide aimed at the newly diagnosed, National Lung Cancer Partnership says

7/27/2007
Agent Orange May Boost Vietnam Vets' Hypertension Risk

Federal report also revisits risks for a number of cancers

7/27/2007
Nurses, Printers at Increased Asthma Risk

1 in 4 new cases linked to on-the-job exposures, research suggests

7/19/2007
Botulism Linked to Canned Hot Dog Chili Sauce

U.S. health officials warn consumers to throw away products

7/18/2007
Bush Creates Panel to Oversee Imported Foods

Move follows growing worries about safety of nation's food supply

7/11/2007
iPod Helped Lightning Jolt Jogger

Ear buds conducted bolt into his head, doctors say

7/11/2007
Folic Acid Fortification a Success in Canada

Decrease in neural tube birth defects even more than seen in the U.S., study finds

7/7/2007
Heat-Related Illnesses Take the Fun Out of Sun

Using sunscreen, drinking water, covering up are just what the doctor orders

7/5/2007
Most Sunscreens Aren't Up to the Task

They offer some protection, but you need to take additional steps to avoid skin cancer

7/4/2007
Don't Get Burned by Heat Stroke

Potentially deadly illness can usually be prevented, experts advise

7/4/2007
Protect Your Pets From Fireworks

Loud noises, bright objects traumatize animals, so take safety measures

7/3/2007
When It Comes to Fireworks, Leave the Shows to the Pros

An estimated 10,800 injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2005

7/3/2007
TB Patient Has Less Dangerous Strain: CDC

But MDR-TB is still potentially lethal, and agency's actions were justified, official says

7/1/2007
Amateur Basketball Players Court Disaster

Experts offer 'weekend warriors' tips on preventing injury

6/29/2007
TV Program Tripled Calls to Smoking Quitline

Huge response after series following newsman Peter Jennings' death from lung cancer, study finds

6/19/2007
Anti-Malaria Drugs Help Africa's Women, Babies

Giving these meds in pregnancy improves birth outcomes, study finds

6/16/2007
A Safe Summer Means More Fun for Kids

Experts offer parents common-sense tips to protect children from injury

6/15/2007
Bengay Death Highlights OTC Dangers

Just because it's nonprescription doesn't mean it's harmless, experts caution in wake of teen track star's overdose from sports cream

6/14/2007
FDA Shouldn't Approve Diet Drug, Panel Says

Concern about suicidal thoughts cited by agency advisers

6/13/2007
Health Tip: Keeping Kids Safe

Rid your home of potential hazards

6/13/2007
Many Cops Have Troubled Sleep

Problem impairs judgment, increases risk for accidents, experts say

6/11/2007
Lack of Sleep Hinders Airport Security Checks

Baggage screeners may be less diligent, alert if overtired, study suggests

6/9/2007
Blood Clot Screening Program Is Expanded

Group updates free exams targeting early identification of disabling blockages

6/5/2007
Most Guns in Homes With Young Kids Not Stored Safely

70% of parents surveyed say they don't take adequate precautions, researchers report

6/4/2007
Life in Segregated Neighborhood May Improve Mexican-Americans' Health

That finding runs counter to studies of other ethnic minorities, reseachers say

6/3/2007
U.S. to Probe Role of CDC Expert in TB Saga

CDC investigating actions of one of its own microbiologists, whose son-in-law traveled with dangerous TB.

6/1/2007
FDA Bans Toothpaste From China

Agency warns consumers that the products contain a dangerous chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent

6/1/2007
TB Patient Apologizes, But Defends Actions

Atlanta lawyer insists he was told he wasn't a health threat; search continues for fellow airline travelers

5/31/2007
TV Ads on Stroke's Warning Signs Can Improve Care

Better education gets people to the hospital more quickly, study finds

5/31/2007
TB Patient Enters Denver Hospital for Treatment

He is a 31-year-old Atlanta lawyer whose father-in-law is a U.S. government TB expert; search continues for fellow airline passengers

5/30/2007
Experts Disagree on Whether TB Patient Needed to Be Isolated

U.S. health officials still seeking airline passengers who could have been infected

5/30/2007
Health Tip: Safe Toys For Your Child

Here's how to help prevent accidents

5/25/2007
Driving With Passengers Boosts Accident Risk

Likelihood of a crash doubles with 2 or more riders, Australian study says

5/24/2007
Number of Smoke-Free Households on the Increase

CDC report found the proportion went from 43% in 1993 to 72% in 2003

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