Safety and Public Health News

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2/26/2014
Groups Push FDA to Revoke Approval of Highly Potent Painkiller

One dose of Zohydro could kill a child, say coalition of consumer advocates, addiction specialists

2/24/2014
Legal Drinking Age of 21 Saves Lives, Review Finds

Researchers say resist the call to lower the age limit to 18

2/24/2014
FDA To Step Up Oversight of Indian Drug Makers

More inspectors planned as India emerges as growing source of pharmaceuticals

2/22/2014
Students' Health Habits Tied to School Success

Fitness, nutrition, proper sleep and TV restrictions appeared to make a difference in study of city kids

2/19/2014
Many U.S. Hospitals Fall Short in Preventing Infections

Study authors consider findings 'a call to action'

2/14/2014
Fire-Safe Cigarette Law Reduces Home Fires: Study

Massachusetts saw a 28 percent drop in cigarette-caused blazes since law took effect

2/14/2014
Flu Hits Unvaccinated Hardest, Study Finds

Those who have had vaccine are far less likely to need intensive-care unit

2/14/2014
Many Stroke Survivors Resume Driving Without Testing: Survey

Less than 6 percent of those getting back behind the wheel got formal review of road readiness

2/11/2014
States May Be Getting Stricter on Child Vaccine Exemptions

Study finds bills to expand parental opt-outs are failing, while others to limit them have passed

2/5/2014
China's New Bird Flu Might Put People at Risk, Report Says

Genetic analysis after woman's death finds virus may 'replicate efficiently in humans'

2/1/2014
Secure Those Sets for Super Bowl Viewing

As part of National TV Safety Day, experts warn that televisions can tip over on kids

1/28/2014
Another Arctic Blast Has Much of U.S. in Its Grip

Doctors offer advice on ways to stay safe and warm during frigid weather

1/27/2014
Third Deep Freeze Sweeps Across Country

Doctors offer advice on ways to stay safe and warm during frigid weather

1/23/2014
Dealing With The Deep Freeze

Doctors offer advice on ways to stay safe and warm during frigid weather

1/23/2014
Shopping Carts Can Pose Big Danger to Little Kids

Study found one youngster seriously injured in falls, tip-overs every 22 minutes

1/22/2014
Texting While Walking a Dangerous Combination: Study

Pedestrians who did both had poorer balance, were less able to walk in straight line, researchers say

1/21/2014
FDA Approval Process Comes Under Scrutiny in Studies

Drugs face inconsistent standards, heart device upgrades may not undergo clinical trials, researchers say

1/21/2014
Time for Docs to Ditch the White Coat?

New infection control guidelines raise possibility that some attire may spread germs among patients

1/20/2014
Easy Access to Guns Tied to Higher Risk of Suicide, Homicide

Firearms in the home can lead to rash decisions with fatal outcomes, study author says

1/20/2014
Disinfectants Can't Defeat Salmonella in Food-Processing Plants: Study

Researchers say findings point to need to keep bacteria out of production areas

1/16/2014
U.S. Smoking Rates Drop to Historic Lows: CDC

Report authors credit increasing cigarette taxes, hard-hitting anti-smoking ads for decline

1/15/2014
FDA Warns Against Prescription Drugs With High Levels of Acetaminophen

Officials say action taken because of reports of severe liver damage from accidental overdoses

1/15/2014
Experts Urge 'Seismic Shift' in Approach to Better U.S. Health Care

Improving education, social services can help Americans live longer, healthier lives, panel says

1/15/2014
Ban on Chemicals Lowers Human Exposures, Study Finds

But exposure to similar phthalates that aren't banned has risen, researchers say

1/10/2014
U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb

Southwestern states hardest hit, but infections still not at epidemic levels, CDC says

1/9/2014
FDA Warns Against Misuse of Laxatives

Ignoring dosing instructions, cautions can lead to serious side effects with some of these products

1/9/2014
Food Companies Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories From Supermarket Shelves: Report

Honoring a pledge, 16 major companies went beyond their goals

1/7/2014
The Cold, Hard Truth About Surviving Bitter Winter Weather

Doctors offer practical advice for dealing with record-breaking temperatures

1/6/2014
Workplace Wellness Programs Work

But study found lifestyle-management programs didn't cut health care costs as much as disease management

1/6/2014
The Cold, Hard Truth About Surviving Bitter Winter Weather

Doctors offer practical advice for dealing with record-breaking temperatures

1/6/2014
Americans Living Longer Than Ever: CDC

A child born in 2009 is expected to reach 78.5 years, but one expert says longer life may not mean better life

12/26/2013
H1N1 Flu Spreading in South-Central U.S.

This flu strain tends to hit younger adults harder than older adults, CDC says

12/20/2013
FDA Introduces New Food Defense Rule

Goal is to protect U.S. food supply from potential terrorist acts

12/19/2013
Study Finds Widespread Contamination in Chicken

Potentially harmful bacteria and antibiotic resistance common in 316 raw poultry samples tested

12/18/2013
Taking Drug to Prevent HIV Doesn't Seem to Encourage Risk-Taking

Study found those given Truvada did not practice riskier sex because of extra protection

12/18/2013
Many Americans Don't Receive Preventive Dental Care: Survey

10-year study found some improvement, but continued gaps among racial groups

12/17/2013
Glaxo to End Payments to Prescribing Doctors

Pharmaceutical giant first drug maker to adopt such a policy, report says

12/11/2013
FDA to Limit Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals

Move should help reduce threat of antibiotic resistance in human disease, agency says

12/11/2013
Dangerous Bacteria Can Lurk Inside Nose, Study Finds

People who carry staph can transmit life-threatening infections in hospital setting

12/11/2013
'Obamacare' Helping Young Adults Get Health Insurance: Report

Trend largely due to letting them stay on parents' plans longer, experts say

12/5/2013
Measles Still a Threat, U.S. Health Officials Warn

Sporadic outbreaks caused by travelers to countries without vaccination programs, doctors say

12/4/2013
Morphine, Blood Thinner Plavix a Bad Mix for Heart Attack Victims: Study

Painkiller appeared to slow, diminish anti-clotting effect of heart drug

12/2/2013
FDA Starts Regulating Compounding Pharmacies

New powers designed to make specialty drugs safer for patients

11/25/2013
FDA to Lift Restrictions on Diabetes Drug Avandia

Not all experts are happy with granting wider access to the troubled medication, however

11/22/2013
50 Years Later, the Kennedy Assassination Still Haunts a Generation

As children, Baby Boomers absorbed the violence, shock and sense of vulnerability -- and can't forget

11/18/2013
Exposure To Common Chemical May Raise Risk of Preemie Delivery: Study

Phthalates are found in lotions, perfumes and deodorants, researchers say

11/15/2013
Acrylamide: An Unwelcome Part of Your Diet

FDA offers tips on how to avoid too much exposure to the chemical

11/13/2013
Many Would Give Private Info to Health Insurers to Save Money

But experts question whether people responding to Harris/HealthDay poll understand broader impact

11/8/2013
Nutritionists: FDA Trans Fat Ban Good for America's Heart Health

They urge greater use of healthier oils, like canola oil or other vegetable oils, in food-making process

11/6/2013
Talking to Partners About STDs Often Awkward: Survey

But conversations about sexual histories and protection are important for couples, experts say