Safety and Public Health News

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6/7/2012
Many Suffer Leg, Lung Clots While Hospitalized: CDC

Risk of potentially deadly blockages rises with age; prevention efforts urged

6/7/2012
Flu Season Was One of Mildest on Record, CDC Confirms

Fewer deaths, hospitalizations this year than in the past, agency says

6/7/2012
Ritual in Some Jewish Circumcisions Raises Risk of Herpes Infection: Report

CDC details 11 cases since 2000; NYC health officials advise against oral-genital suction practice

6/6/2012
Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Spreading: WHO

Last line of drug defense, cephalosporins, appears to be weakening, U.N. agency says

6/4/2012
'Uncertainty' Remains Over Supply of Key Cancer Drugs

While shortage of generics has eased, more must be done to prevent future shortfalls, experts say

5/30/2012
Brave New World of Genetics Requires Safeguards, Experts Say

Regulations haven't kept pace with discoveries, American Heart Association warns

5/30/2012
FDA Warns of Fake Version of ADHD Drug Adderall

Counterfeit drug lacks active ingredient; real medicine is currently in short supply

5/27/2012
Many Still Tanning, Despite Dangers, Survey Finds

Under-30s most likely to use tanning beds or sunbathe, online poll suggests

5/26/2012
Keep Food Safety in Mind This Memorial Day Weekend

Even locally grown or organic fresh produce can become contaminated, experts warn

5/24/2012
Flesh-Eating Bacteria No Cause for Panic, Experts Say

Cases of illness are relatively rare and treatable with antibiotics if caught early, they stress

5/22/2012
Injury-Linked Deaths Vary Widely Among States

Report finds too few states require proven safety policies that would save lives

5/22/2012
No Progress in Reducing U.S. Motorcycle Deaths: Report

Recommendations include more helmet use, encouraging all drivers to share the road

5/17/2012
OSHA's Safety Tests Protect Workers at Little Cost: Study

But some disagree with researchers' conclusions

5/17/2012
Drowning Is Leading Cause of Kids' Accidental Death: CDC

Swimming lessons can help protect toddlers, experts say

5/17/2012
'Fish Pedicure' a Recipe for Bacterial Infection, Researchers Warn

Health spa practice is highly unhealthy, study reports

5/16/2012
CDC Lowers Lead-Poisoning Threshold for Kids

Cutting the safe blood level of the metal in children is long overdue, advocates say

5/11/2012
Lifesaving Defibrillators Often Not Nearby When Needed

Study found automated devices were usually too far away to save cardiac arrest victims

5/4/2012
Obese Drivers Less Likely to Buckle Up: Study

Morbidly obese people also are more likely than normal-weight people to die in car crashes

5/2/2012
Once-Banned Bird Flu Study Suggests Pandemic Threat Is Real

Researchers found the virus could potentially mutate and spread widely among people, but that hasn't happened so far

4/30/2012
Secondhand Smoke Permeates Many Apartment Buildings: Study

Advocate wants smoking bans in housing complexes to safeguard kids from incursion

4/27/2012
Rate of Statin-Linked Muscle Woes Unclear, Study Suggests

Coding used by health professionals to report problems may not show true picture

4/26/2012
Anti-Smoking TV Ads From Tobacco Industry Don't Help

However, study found media campaigns from other sponsors were effective

4/26/2012
Many U.S. Workers Sleep-Deprived: CDC

Transportation workers among those getting the least shuteye, researchers say

4/26/2012
Another Drug 'Take-Back Day' Scheduled for Saturday

Public urged to safely dispose of unwanted prescription meds at collection sites April 28

4/25/2012
Air Quality Improving in Many U.S. Cities: Report

Even Los Angeles showed lowest smog levels in more than a decade, data found

4/23/2012
U.S. Gives Green Light to Publish Controversial Bird Flu Research

After expert panel review, officials say H5N1 findings are of benefit, with little risk to national security

4/21/2012
Close Laundry Detergent Right After Use, Expert Says

Open containers can be hazardous to children, pets

4/21/2012
On-the-Job Injuries Can Be Lethal to U.S. Teens

88 lost their lives to workplace trauma in 2010 alone, study found

4/20/2012
Long MP3 Playlists Lead to Distracted Drivers

When searching for songs, drivers in a simulator took their eyes off the road for too long, study finds

4/19/2012
Measles Outbreaks in 2011 Were Worst in 15 Years: CDC

Most cases were tied to travel abroad, occurred in unvaccinated individuals

4/19/2012
Healthy Lifestyle Choices Could Cut Cancer Rates: Report

But researchers say lawmakers, private industry need to do more to encourage change

4/18/2012
EPA to Cut Air Pollution from Natural Gas 'Fracking'

First-ever standards for controversial industry should cut smog, but environmentalists say more can be done

4/16/2012
Young Risk-Takers Drawn to Dangerous 'Choking Game'

Study finds 6% of Oregon eighth graders admitted trying it, two-thirds had played more than once

4/13/2012
'Red Tide' Likely in New England This Season, Experts Warn

Severe bloom would close shellfish beds

4/12/2012
DNA Testing Finds Allergens, Toxins in Traditional Chinese Medicines

U.S. experts say supplements made in America are different, but neither country tests for ingredients

4/12/2012
Passengers on 'Bat' Plane Cleared of Rabies Risk

But health, airline authorities should be prepared to deal with wild intruders, CDC says

4/11/2012
FDA Seeks to Limit Antibiotics in Animal Feed

Practice blamed by some for increase in drug-resistant germs in people

4/10/2012
U.S. Spends Too Little on Public Health Initiatives: Report

Just $251 per person goes annually toward programs to prevent costly chronic diseases

4/6/2012
Pharmacy 'Robots' Linked to Bacterial Contamination of Drugs

Researchers call for better cleaning guidelines for the machines, increasingly found in hospitals

4/4/2012
More Fake Avastin Found in U.S., FDA Says

Medical practices told to stop using the counterfeit cancer drug distributed under the name Altuzan

4/2/2012
U.S. Advisers Say It's Now Safe to Publish Bird Flu Studies

Revisions to the research erase worry that bioterrorists might learn how to unleash a pandemic

3/22/2012
FDA Mulls Expanding Patients' Access to Certain Drugs

Agency is in 2 days of hearings on whether some prescription meds shift to 'conditional' OTC status

3/21/2012
U.S. Health Systems Not Ready for Catastrophes: Report

Institute of Medicine says better coordination needed for effective response

3/20/2012
Northeast U.S. Should Brace for Spike in Lyme Disease: Expert

The reason is a steep drop in mouse populations, a tick's preferred host

3/20/2012
Many Americans Ambivalent Over Laws Aimed at Healthy Living

Poll finds most accept rules for safety, smoking, eating, but also worry about a 'nanny state'

3/15/2012
CDC Launches Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign

The hope is to get 50,000 people to quit, the agency says

3/14/2012
U.S. Deaths From Gastro Infections Doubled Over 8 Years: CDC

Easily transmitted germs such as norovirus and C. difficile are prime culprits

3/8/2012
Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Many Household Products: Study

These ingredients also found in some 'alternative' brands, researchers say

3/6/2012
Ban on Public Smoking Linked to Fewer Preterm Deliveries

After Scotland put new laws in place, even nonsmoking pregnant women benefited, study found

3/5/2012
Many Pilots, Truck Drivers Sleep-Deprived, Survey Finds

Erratic shift work compounds the problem, and 1 in 10 transportation workers toils while drowsy