Safety and Public Health News

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1/9/2012
FDA Warns of Painkiller Mix-Up at Nebraska Plant

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

1/5/2012
Experts Endorse Lower Lead-Poisoning Threshold

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

1/5/2012
Many Jails Got No Flu Shots During H1N1 Outbreak: CDC

Researchers want small correctional facilities included in vaccine program

1/4/2012
FDA Curbs Use of Certain Antibiotics in Livestock, Poultry

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

12/30/2011
PTSD, Respiratory Problems May Be Linked in 9/11 Responders

Study found connection was stronger in nontraditional responders than police

12/30/2011
Tips to Keep Winter Sports Injury-Free

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

12/28/2011
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

12/20/2011
Drug Overdoses Kill More Americans Than Car Accidents: CDC

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

12/18/2011
Christmas Trees and Trappings Can Fan Fire Risk

Expert offers tips to avoid getting burned this holiday season

12/17/2011
Pediatricians Offer Tips to Avoid Holiday Hazards

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

12/16/2011
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

12/14/2011
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

12/14/2011
Walking While Drunk Can Lead to Deadly Accidents: Expert

Many pedestrians struck and killed by cars have been drinking

12/14/2011
Injuries Linked to Holiday Decorating on the Rise

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

12/13/2011
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

12/12/2011
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

12/6/2011
Bed Bugs Can Bypass Pitfalls of Inbreeding, Studies Say

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

12/6/2011
If Parents Drink and Drive, Their Kids May Too: Study

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

12/5/2011
Study Sees Rice as Source of Arsenic Exposure

Finding is preliminary; poison expert downplays health risk

12/5/2011
Health Officials Urge Americans: Get Your Flu Shot Now

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

12/5/2011
Girls More Prone Than Boys to Headaches After Head Injury

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

11/30/2011
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

11/30/2011
New Hip Implants No Better Than Older Ones, Study Finds

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

11/18/2011
FDA Revokes Approval of Avastin for Breast Cancer

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

11/16/2011
Health Tip: Why Antibiotic Resistance Is Serious

It can lead to life-threatening infections

11/14/2011
More Teens Getting Vaccines Against HPV, Other Infections: CDC

Still a long way from full coverage, experts note

11/10/2011
Most Smokers Want to Quit, CDC Report Finds

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

11/3/2011
Too Many Meds May Be More Problem Than Cure

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

11/3/2011
Death Toll From Listeria Outbreak Hits 29

Another 139 people sickened in 28 states, CDC reports

10/31/2011
Many Parents Skipping Kids' Shots, Putting Other Kids at Risk

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

10/31/2011
'Hard Hats' Still Have High Rates of Injury, Illness: Report

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

10/26/2011
Death Toll From Listeria Outbreak Hits 28

Another 133 people sickened in 26 states, CDC reports

10/24/2011
BPA Exposure in Womb Linked to Behavioral Woes in Girls

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

10/20/2011
Food Nutrition Labels Must Be Made Simpler, Experts Say

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

10/19/2011
FDA: Dirty Conditions Likely to Blame for Listeria Outbreak at Cantaloupe Farm

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

10/17/2011
Excessive Drinking Costs U.S. Billions, CDC Reports

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

10/17/2011
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

10/14/2011
1 in 6 Cellphones in Britain Contaminated With 'Fecal Matter'

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

10/14/2011
TB Outbreaks in Texas Schools Show Disease Still a Threat

At least 100 people have tested positive for the respiratory ailment

10/13/2011
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

10/12/2011
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

10/7/2011
21 Deaths From Cantaloupe-Linked Listeria Outbreak: CDC

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

10/6/2011
National Study Will Track Tobacco Use in U.S.

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

10/6/2011
Many Medicare Patients Get Surgeries in Last Year of Life: Study

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

10/6/2011
Swimming Pool Chemicals Cause Thousands of Injuries: CDC

Agency offers recommendations to cut down on risks

10/5/2011
18 Deaths From Cantaloupe-Linked Listeria Outbreak: CDC

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

10/4/2011
Drunk Driving Declines in U.S.

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

9/30/2011
Anthrax Attack Plans Need to Be Handled Locally, Report Says

Institute of Medicine committee recommends local officials plan antibiotic distribution

9/30/2011
FDA Warns LASIK Providers: Stop Making False Claims

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

9/28/2011
Listeria Outbreak Is Deadliest in More Than a Decade

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