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FDA Warns of Painkiller Mix-Up at Nebraska Plant

Small chance that prescription narcotic painkillers, over-the-counter meds were mingled together

Experts Endorse Lower Lead-Poisoning Threshold

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

Many Jails Got No Flu Shots During H1N1 Outbreak: CDC

Researchers want small correctional facilities included in vaccine program

FDA Curbs Use of Certain Antibiotics in Livestock, Poultry

Move stems from fears of drug-resistant bacteria that could pose threat to humans

PTSD, Respiratory Problems May Be Linked in 9/11 Responders

Study found connection was stronger in nontraditional responders than police

Tips to Keep Winter Sports Injury-Free

Slipping and sliding on skis and skates is fun, but can be hazardous, experts say

States Crack Down on Drunk Drivers This Holiday Season

New Year's Day is among the five deadliest days on U.S. roads, sobering research shows

Drug Overdoses Kill More Americans Than Car Accidents: CDC

Almost half of drug poisonings are now from abuse of prescription painkillers, researchers note

Christmas Trees and Trappings Can Fan Fire Risk

Expert offers tips to avoid getting burned this holiday season

Pediatricians Offer Tips to Avoid Holiday Hazards

Check this list from the American Academy of Pediatrics twice to make sure holiday is nice

Dengue Fever Cases Subside in Florida, But Threat Remains

Report finds no outbreak in Key West this year, but many residents may still be infected

Electronic Cigarette Makers Must Prove Safety of Products: Report

Institute of Medicine details testing that should be done to back any claims of reduced disease risk

Walking While Drunk Can Lead to Deadly Accidents: Expert

Many pedestrians struck and killed by cars have been drinking

Injuries Linked to Holiday Decorating on the Rise

Fires from candles, frayed electric light wires can prove deadly, experts warn

U.S. Safety Board Urges Nationwide Ban on Drivers' Use of Cellphones

Recent texting-linked tragedy in Missouri points to the need for national approach, board says

Drug for Acute Respiratory Distress May Do More Harm Than Good: Study

Trial of salbutamol was discontinued after patients using it fared worse than those without it

Bed Bugs Can Bypass Pitfalls of Inbreeding, Studies Say

Finding means they can cause rapid infestation, may explain recent resurgence

If Parents Drink and Drive, Their Kids May Too: Study

Teens' risk for motoring under the influence rose with parents' bad example, researchers found

Study Sees Rice as Source of Arsenic Exposure

Finding is preliminary; poison expert downplays health risk

Health Officials Urge Americans: Get Your Flu Shot Now

Vaccine supplies are still ample, but could start to run short, CDC says

Girls More Prone Than Boys to Headaches After Head Injury

They can last for months but in most cases will disappear, study finds

Most U.S. Drivers Engage in 'Distracting' Behaviors: Poll

Cellphone talk, texting, even applying makeup: Most know it's dangerous, but many do it anyway

New Hip Implants No Better Than Older Ones, Study Finds

Not enough data to tell which device is best, researchers say

FDA Revokes Approval of Avastin for Breast Cancer

Drug isn't safe or effective for women with metastatic disease, agency says

Health Tip: Why Antibiotic Resistance Is Serious

It can lead to life-threatening infections

More Teens Getting Vaccines Against HPV, Other Infections: CDC

Still a long way from full coverage, experts note

Most Smokers Want to Quit, CDC Report Finds

Drugs and counseling can double, triple odds of success, experts say

Too Many Meds May Be More Problem Than Cure

With people taking growing numbers of drugs, risks are multiplying, experts warn

Death Toll From Listeria Outbreak Hits 29

Another 139 people sickened in 28 states, CDC reports

Many Parents Skipping Kids' Shots, Putting Other Kids at Risk

In California study, 1 in 5 children at some schools intentionally unvaccinated, raising concerns

'Hard Hats' Still Have High Rates of Injury, Illness: Report

Hazards faced by construction workers need to be reduced, expert says

Death Toll From Listeria Outbreak Hits 28

Another 133 people sickened in 26 states, CDC reports

BPA Exposure in Womb Linked to Behavioral Woes in Girls

Study found they were more likely to be anxious, hyperactive as toddlers

Food Nutrition Labels Must Be Made Simpler, Experts Say

Doing so would make it easy for people to make healthy choices, IOM committee says

FDA: Dirty Conditions Likely to Blame for Listeria Outbreak at Cantaloupe Farm

Toll now stands at 25 people dead, 123 sickened in 26 states

Excessive Drinking Costs U.S. Billions, CDC Reports

Most of burden borne by government, but drinkers and their families also pay a price

Fewer Than Half of Kids Hurt in Car Crashes Wearing Seat Belts

Black, Hispanic and Native American children less likely to buckle up, study says

1 in 6 Cellphones in Britain Contaminated With 'Fecal Matter'

Study often turned up E. coli, pointing to poor hand-washing as the culprit

TB Outbreaks in Texas Schools Show Disease Still a Threat

At least 100 people have tested positive for the respiratory ailment

Neighborhoods With Busy Intersections Discourage Children's Play

Study shows that kids who live in high traffic areas less active than those who live on quiet streets

Death Toll From Cantaloupe-Linked Listeria Outbreak Now Stands at 23

More fatalities may come since illness from the bacteria can take weeks to emerge, CDC says

21 Deaths From Cantaloupe-Linked Listeria Outbreak: CDC

More fatalities may come since illness from the bacteria can take weeks to emerge, experts say

National Study Will Track Tobacco Use in U.S.

Findings will guide FDA in creating programs, policies to eliminate smoking

Many Medicare Patients Get Surgeries in Last Year of Life: Study

Wide variations seen in number of procedures, depending on region where patient lives

Swimming Pool Chemicals Cause Thousands of Injuries: CDC

Agency offers recommendations to cut down on risks

18 Deaths From Cantaloupe-Linked Listeria Outbreak: CDC

More fatalities may come since illness from the bacteria can take weeks to emerge, experts say

Drunk Driving Declines in U.S.

Still, there are about 300,000 incidents a day, and 11,000 traffic deaths annually, CDC says

Anthrax Attack Plans Need to Be Handled Locally, Report Says

Institute of Medicine committee recommends local officials plan antibiotic distribution

FDA Warns LASIK Providers: Stop Making False Claims

Agency giving practitioners 90 days to curtail inflated promises, missing safety info in ads

Listeria Outbreak Is Deadliest in More Than a Decade

Illnesses linked to tainted cantaloupes have already claimed 13 lives, CDC reports