Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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Rattlesnake Capsules Linked to Salmonella Poisoning

Hispanic folk remedy may contain lethal bacteria, expert warns

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

90% of Elementary School Kids Are Bullied: Survey

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

Teens' 'Competence Skills' Key to Avoiding Drug Abuse: Study

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

Scientists Frustrated in Search for Genital Herpes Vaccine

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

E. Coli Cases on the Rise

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

Majority of State Medicaid Programs Plan 'Pay-for-Performance' Standards

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

Monitoring Blood Pressure Is Everyone's Business

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

Suicides Likelier in Homes With Guns: Study

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

Severely Obese Are Fastest Growing Segment of Overweight Americans

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

April 5 Is U.S. Alcohol Screening Day

Group offers anonymous testing to determine dependency, paths to recovery

Guidelines Target Prevention of Sudden Heart Death in Young Athletes

Task force focuses on quick action in first critical minutes

Pneumococcal Vaccine Helps Prevent Kids' Ear Infections

Study finds rates of repeated ear infections

Emotions Play Major Role in Teen Condom Use

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

Physical Activity Cuts Risk of Repetitive Strain Injury

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

Health Tip: Grill Safely

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

Dipstick Test Detects Spoiled Food

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

Heart Test Shows Who Needs Implantable Defibrillators

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

Genetically Modified Foods: Boon or Boondoggle?

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

Fitted Sports Gear Key to Eye Protection

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

U.S. Opens Study of Prescription Drug Abuse Treatments

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

Many Blacks, Hispanics Misinformed About Alzheimer's

Stigma surrounding the disease can delay diagnosis, a survey finds

FDA Announces New Safety Guidelines for Fresh-Cut Produce

Goal is to reduce food-borne illnesses from bacterial contamination

Pets Can Bring Parasite Dangers

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

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

Intimate Partner Abuse Affects Broad Spectrum of Ages

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

Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV

A protein in mucosal cells helps keep infection rates down

Heartburn or Heart Attack? Know the Symptoms

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

Exercise Helps Slow Smokers' Lung Function Decline

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

Hepatitis B Drug Triggers HIV Drug Resistance

Finding calls for change in labeling and use, researchers say

Smoking May Be Risk Factor for TB

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

Shoddy Cosmetic Procedures Can Leave Lasting Damage

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

Lead Removal Times Too Lengthy: Study

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

Experts Offer Dos and Don'ts of Walk-In Clinic Care

Geriatrics Society puts out checklist on using these retail medical centers

Over-Wrapping Babies in Winter Boosts SIDS Risk

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

Don't Leave Kids, Dogs Alone, Study Warns

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

Practical Skills Training Keeps College Kids Sober

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

Kids of U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Prone to Stress

These youngsters may need special monitoring and care, researchers say

Long-Term Marijuana Use May Impair Lung Function

Data shows wheezing and phlegm similar to that of cigarette smokers

Kids Living Near 'Green Spaces' Less Likely to Be Overweight

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

Free Handbook Helps Hispanic Families Tackle ADHD

It helps parents recognize the condition in kids and seek help

Secondhand Smoke Poses Heart Disease Risk

Study finds warnings signs in blood of those exposed to smoke

Molecules Show Promise as 'Cocktail' Against Bioweapons

In animal studies, they expanded protection against botulinum neurotoxins

Beauty Shop-Based Stroke Outreach Works

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

U.S. Cigarette Pack Warnings Ineffective: Study

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

FDA to Monitor Post-Market Drug Safety

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

Living Near Freeways Hurts Kids' Lungs

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

Mammography Rates Dropping, U.S. Report Finds

Experts worry about whether troubling trend will continue

Radon in the Home Can Cause Lung Cancer

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

Antivirals Adept at Reducing Flu Spread in Families

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