Safety and Public Health News

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11/4/2013
Two Questions May Rule Out Strep Throat

Researchers say home test could determine when a sore throat doesn't warrant a trip to the doctor

10/31/2013
Closing Chinese Poultry Markets Stalled Bird Flu's Spread to People

Cases dropped quickly and dramatically, researchers found

10/30/2013
Early HIV Treatment a Win-Win, Researchers Report

A cost-effective way to help patients stay healthy and prevent virus transmission, study finds

10/29/2013
Last Two Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out

Deadline is Dec. 31, but FDA urges asthma patients to switch to eco-friendly versions now

10/29/2013
Reports of U.S. Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Questioned

DEA says none of the drug samples tested so far has been confirmed as home-cooked krokodil

10/28/2013
Childhood Gun Injuries, Deaths on Rise in U.S., Study Finds

Researchers find link between firearms in the home and gunshot wounds among kids

10/25/2013
Saturday Is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

DEA urges Americans to dispose of painkillers and other unused meds at sites nationwide

10/25/2013
FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers

Large supplies of often-abused drugs such as Vicodin should be harder to obtain, agency says

10/24/2013
Halloween Contact Lenses Can Be Horror Story for Eyes

FDA experts say users risk corneal scratches, even blindness from these products

10/23/2013
Flu Season Off to Slow Start . . .

. . . But U.S. health officials expect outbreaks to pick up in next several weeks and recommend vaccination

10/22/2013
Smartphones May Help Nursing Home Docs Spot Drug Mishaps

90 percent of physicians who used mobile devices avoided at least one error in the previous month, study says

10/22/2013
FDA Probes Dog Illnesses Tied to Jerky Treats

Since 2007, about 580 pets have died as a result of illnesses related to the products, experts say

10/22/2013
Study Probes Why Truckers Use Booze, Illicit Drugs

Drivers who are younger or paid less more likely to be users, international review found

10/17/2013
Surgical Implements Too Often Left Behind in Patients: Report

Breakdowns in surgical team communication often at fault, watchdog group says

10/16/2013
Shellfish Toxin Spreading to Eastern U.S., Report Says

Warming seas may contribute to growth of this potentially deadly bacteria, experts say

10/8/2013
Second Dose of Vaccine Cuts Chickenpox Cases Even More, Study Finds

Kids and adults benefit from children receiving both recommended immunizations, researcher says

9/30/2013
Whooping Cough Outbreaks Tied to Parents Shunning Vaccines

Study finds that areas with high rates of nonmedical vaccine exemptions also had high number of cases

9/26/2013
CDC Reports More Americans Getting Flu Shots

But overall rate still low, so officials urge everyone over 6 months of age to get vaccinated this season

9/23/2013
Moderate Arsenic in Environment Tied to Higher Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

Researchers suspect groundwater and certain foods raised levels of chemical in study of Native Americans

9/20/2013
U.S. Funds New Tobacco Regulation Research Centers

14 centers across the country awarded $53 million at start

9/20/2013
Deadly Respiratory Virus Has Passed Between Animals, Humans Before

Study still doesn't pinpoint from which animal the virus is coming

9/20/2013
Bacterial 'Autopsy' Could Speed Antibiotic Discovery: Study

Scientists invent faster analysis of chemicals with bacteria-killing abilities; experts stress need for new generation of infection-fighting drugs

9/19/2013
FDA Airs Plan to Strengthen Rules for Imported Foods

50 percent of fresh fruit and 20 percent of fresh vegetables from abroad, agency says

9/18/2013
Geography, Income Determine Health Care in U.S., Report Says

'We are often two Americas,' according to Commonwealth Fund

9/16/2013
CDC Sounds Alarm on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Report cites overuse of antibiotics as key to the life-threatening problem

9/10/2013
FDA Announces New Safety Measures for Narcotic Painkillers

Label warnings designed to limit use of extended-release, long-acting drugs like Oxycontin

9/3/2013
Hepatitis B Vaccination Cuts Deaths From Liver Disease, Cancer: Study

Taiwan study highlights need for vaccination for all, U.S. expert says

8/30/2013
New Moms, the Obese Prone to Flu Complications, Analysis Finds

But pregnant women not at high risk for problems, as previously thought

8/27/2013
Measles Outbreak Hits Texas Megachurch

As many as 16 unvaccinated people infected so far, reports say

8/22/2013
Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers Aren't Cure-Alls, FDA Warns

Despite hype, treatment doesn't help for cancer or many other ills, and can have serious side effects

8/20/2013
Researchers Prove Carbon Monoxide Passes Through Walls

Finding points out importance of having alarms, even if no source of the lethal gas is in the home itself

8/16/2013
When It Comes to Food, Be Safe Not Sorry

Experts offer advice to ensure healthy eating

8/15/2013
Obesity's Death Toll May Be Much Higher Than Thought

Study shows 18 percent rate of related deaths in U.S. adults aged 40 and up, compared to earlier estimates of 5 percent

8/9/2013
Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 307 in 37 States

CDC says infections are linked to baby poultry from multiple hatcheries

8/2/2013
U.S. Obesity-Prevention Efforts Fall Short: Report

Hefty changes needed at all levels of government, Institute of Medicine says

8/2/2013
FDA Warns of Rare Skin Reactions to Acetaminophen

Cases happen very seldom but can lead to hospitalization or death, new warning label is planned

7/30/2013
Diabetes Testing Strips Recalled for Potential False Readings

Batches of Nova Max Glucose Test Strips could give erroneous, overly high blood sugar readings

7/26/2013
Germs in the Gym

Basketballs, volleyballs can be magnets for bacteria, study finds

7/26/2013
Lethal New Virus in Monkeys Shows Potential to Infect Humans

Study of germ that killed primates in a California colony should spur more vigilance, researchers say

7/26/2013
Technology Mishaps Behind 1 in 4 Operating Room Errors: Study

Surgical equipment checklist could cut errors in half, researchers say

7/23/2013
Menthol May Boost Cigarettes' Addictive Properties: Study

And FDA says the chemical makes it easier for young people to start smoking and harder for smokers to quit

7/19/2013
End of Heat Wave on the Horizon

Temperatures expected to peak Friday, with advisories in effect for 23 states, before cold front arrives

7/18/2013
Canadian Cold Front to Bring Relief From Heat Wave by Weekend

In the meantime, experts offer advice on how to handle the blistering temperatures

7/18/2013
Drug Addicts, Dealers Are 'Doctor Shopping' for Pain Pills

Fraudulent claims of pain, few checks and balances mean the practice is rife, study authors say

7/17/2013
Homeless Face Hidden Epidemic of Smoking

Three-quarters of this population smoke, and they've been targeted by tobacco companies in the past, advocate says

7/17/2013
States Boosting Efforts Against Distracted Driving: Report

But increased education, law enforcement is stymied by drivers' reluctance to 'put down their phones'

7/17/2013
No Benefit to Community-Wide Dementia Screening: Review

But worrisome symptoms could merit a visit to the doctor, experts say

7/17/2013
Experts Urge Caution As Heat, Humidity Blanket Much of U.S.

Moist air means 90-degree weather will feel much more oppressive

7/12/2013
Poverty Rate Still High Among U.S. Children: Report

Almost one-quarter live in low-income homes, which experts say affects their health and education

7/12/2013
West Nile Spraying Safe in Short Term: Study

California researchers found Sacramento County residents had no immediate health problems after pesticide was applied