Safety and Public Health News

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3/24/2011
U.S. Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low, CDC Says

But minorities, those not born in the U.S. and HIV-positive patients still most likely to be affected

3/21/2011
Keep Kids in Rear-Facing Car Seats Until 2, Experts Say

Pediatricians' group says positioning kids longer in this way is safer

3/18/2011
Trace Amounts of Radiation Reach California; No Health Risk, Experts Say

The reason: the radiation dissipates as it travels 5,000 miles from Japan across the Pacific

3/18/2011
Rush to Buy Iodide Pills Unnecessary in U.S., Experts Say

Little, if any, radioactive iodine will reach American shores from Japan, they insist

3/17/2011
Not Even Experts Agree on Safety of Airport Scanners

Whether benefit exceeds risk for those that emit radiation sparks debate

3/16/2011
When Nurse Staffing Drops, Mortality Rates Rise: Study

Experts say finding shows clear link to patient safety

3/16/2011
EPA Proposes Tougher Air Pollution Rules for Power Plants

Guidelines could prevent 120,000 cases of childhood asthma and thousands of deaths, heart attacks yearly, agency says

3/16/2011
Herbal Derivative Wins Praise as Malaria Treatment

Experts in tropical medicine say artesunate can save more lives than quinine

3/16/2011
Crossing Street While on Cell Phone Risky for Seniors

Study found this kind of multitasking more dangerous for older adults

3/16/2011
Radiation From Japan's Nuke Disaster Unlikely to Threaten U.S., Experts Say

The reason: the radiation would dissipate as it travels 5,000 miles across the Pacific

3/15/2011
Heavy Smoking Declines in U.S.

Biggest drops in California because of tobacco control programs, researchers say

3/15/2011
Japan's Nuke Disaster Unlikely to Threaten U.S., Experts Say

The reason: radiation would dissipate as it travels 5,000 miles across the Pacific

3/11/2011
Invisible and Odorless, Radon Poses Risks to Lungs

Houses in Midwest and Northeast are especially vulnerable, experts say

3/11/2011
Inspection Can Reveal Whether Radon Problem Exists

If a house touches the ground, it's susceptible, inspector says

3/10/2011
Almost 12 Million Cancer Survivors Living in U.S., Report Shows

Trend largely driven by an aging population, CDC researchers say

3/9/2011
Americans Have Worse Health Than English Peers, Study Finds

This held true from birth to old age, researchers report

3/8/2011
Simply Watching a CPR Video Might Save Lives

Short message gives people confidence to help when someone has heart attack, experts say

3/2/2011
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds

Some 500 untested drugs will be removed from the market, agency said

2/28/2011
Confusion Over Drug Dosing Common for Seniors

Standardized language on labels could simplify things, researchers say

2/24/2011
Medical Groups Warn Of Climate Change's Potential Impact on Health

More asthma, heat waves and microbial disease could result if greenhouse gases aren't curbed

2/24/2011
Plague Kills U.S. Lab Worker

First case in lab work in 50 years reported by government

2/23/2011
Fast Response Crucial in Outbreaks of Food-Borne Illness: Study

Scientists say swift action can contain the problem, limit number of infections

2/22/2011
Cell Phones Affect Areas of the Brain, Study Shows

But experts don't yet know if effect is harmful

2/22/2011
Car Ignition 'Interlocks' Thwart Alcohol-Impaired Drivers

In a review of such programs, CDC found a 67% drop among motorists re-arrested for drunk driving

2/22/2011
Supreme Court Rejects Vaccine-Safety Lawsuit

Says nation's vaccine court is designed to handle such claims

2/21/2011
Simple Tests Can Tell Who Can Drive After Stroke: Study

But several stroke experts say the exams may not be dependable

2/18/2011
British Study Finds No Link Between Cell Phones, Brain Tumors

There's been no increase in the cancers since the technology's spread in 1990s

2/18/2011
Separate Bikes-Only Lanes in Cities Cut Injury Rate: Study

Cycle tracks separated from traffic would also encourage more biking, experts say

2/14/2011
Report Blames Speedy FDA Clearance for Medical Device Recalls

But agency notes steps have been taken to strengthen approval system

2/14/2011
Number of Mountain Bike Injuries Dropping

Researchers credit better bike design for downward trend

2/8/2011
'Universal' Flu Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

Such a shot would eliminate need to reformulate vaccine each year, but it's still years away, experts say

2/6/2011
Seniors Vulnerable to Hypothermia

They need to take extra precautions during cold winter months, experts say

2/4/2011
'Black Box' Drug Warning Labels Applied Inconsistently: Study

Uniform standards urged to help prevent consumer confusion about medication risks

2/4/2011
Hallucinogens Legally Sold as 'Bath Salts' a New Threat

These products can spur self-destructive 'highs' but are legal in most states, experts warn

2/2/2011
New Antibiotic Helps Prevent Recurrence of Dangerous Gut Infection

Fidaxomicin targets C.difficile but leaves most 'good' bacteria unharmed, researchers explain

2/2/2011
Take Safety Precautions in the Snow, Ice

Winter weather may put many at risk for injuries, experts stress

2/1/2011
Look-and-Sound-Alike Names Account for Many Painkiller Prescription Errors

Nurses and pharmacists should review every order, researchers say

1/31/2011
Hands-On Training May Save Workers in Hazardous Jobs

Lectures, brochures less likely to promote safety in the workplace, study finds

1/28/2011
Wild Hogs in Texas Pose Infection Risk to Humans

Use caution when handling wild game, officials urge

1/26/2011
Widespread Use of Defibrillators in Public Places Saves Lives: Study

They're more effective than CPR for sudden cardiac arrest, one expert says

1/26/2011
Fear of Vaccines Has a Long, Persistent History

Multiple factors may keep some people suspicious of even routine shots, experts say

1/26/2011
FDA Panel Recommends Tougher Standards for External Defibrillators

Recalls, failure to fix problems spurred agency to ask for more oversight

1/20/2011
Emotions May Sidetrack Use of Safety Devices

Consumers often overreact when learning of a product's potential risks, researchers find

1/20/2011
H1N1 Flu Is Raging in Britain; Could U.S. Be Next?

Different strain predominates now among Americans, but that situation could change, experts say

1/17/2011
Warfarin Use May Raise Risk of Death From Traumatic Injuries

Researchers found chances almost doubled; say ER docs need to check elderly patients

1/13/2011
Health Disparities Persist in U.S., Report Shows

Income, gender and race still influence health status, CDC data finds

1/13/2011
FDA Lowers Amount of Acetaminophen Allowed in Prescription Painkillers

Agency officials say action taken because of reports of severe liver damage

1/13/2011
Falls as Serious for Elderly as Stroke, Heart Attack: Experts

New guidelines say exercise, intervention essential to help those at risk maintain balance, strength

1/13/2011
Pill-Splitting Potentially Perilous, Study Suggests

Even slight variations in weight can be dangerous with certain meds, researcher says

1/13/2011
Flu Season Looks Normal This Year, Experts Say

Getting a shot still worthwhile; seniors most vulnerable to prevalent strain