Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

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