Safety and Public Health News

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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

1/11/2011
Most Guidelines for Infectious Diseases Don't Come From Clinical Trial Findings

Majority grounded in expert opinion, case studies, research shows

1/4/2011
Six Out of 7 Drivers Use Seat Belts: CDC

But stronger laws needed in some states to get scofflaws to buckle up, save lives, report suggests

1/4/2011
Obama to Sign Bill to Improve U.S. Food Safety

Measure gives FDA new powers to protect public

1/3/2011
First Physical With Medicare Now Free

Health reform law makes benefit part of effort to expand preventive services

1/2/2011
U.S. Health Care Reform Tops Health News for 2010

Food safety reform and the flu epidemic that fizzled also made headlines this year

12/31/2010
Beware the Exploding Champagne Cork

Expert gives safety tips; warns it can reach a speed of 50 mph and cause severe eye damage

12/30/2010
Hand-Washing May Have Kept Flu at Bay

Good hygiene is simply the best protection from infectious agents, experts say

12/30/2010
How One Company Fought the Flu

Posters, e-mails and plenty of hand-sanitizer can make a difference, executive says

12/23/2010
Driving a Bad Idea for People Wearing a Cast, Brace: Experts

It takes longer to brake when driver's ankle is immobilized, study finds

12/22/2010
U.S. Food-Safety Laws Overhauled

Bill awaiting Obama's signature would give FDA new powers to protect public

12/20/2010
Take Precautions Against Cholera if Headed to Haiti: CDC

Simple steps can help shield against the potentially deadly disease

12/15/2010
Food Poisoning Hits 1 in 6 Americans Each Year: CDC

Numbers have fallen since 1999, but that could be due to better-quality reporting, agency says

12/13/2010
Taxing Sodas Won't Spur Much Weight Loss, Study Says

Ensuing declines would be minimal, researchers find

12/13/2010
Oxycontin, Other Opioid Painkillers Tied to Higher Health Risks

But other factors may explain link seen in two studies involving Medicare patients, expert says

12/13/2010
Road Material in N. Dakota May Up Lung Cancer Risk: Study

300 miles of roads contain erionite, a volcanic mineral with asbestos-like properties

12/12/2010
'Tis the Season to Give Allergen-Free Gifts

Buying for people with asthma, allergies takes extra thought, experts say

12/9/2010
No Scientific Proof Backing Stricter Tests of Ground Beef in School Lunches

Instead, federal council urges rules based on evidence-based standards

12/9/2010
Even One Cigarette Can Prove Lethal, U.S. Surgeon General Says

Her report emphasizes smoking's immediate, powerful effects on lungs, heart

12/6/2010
Daily Sunscreen Use Does Protect From Melanoma, Study Finds

Australians who used it daily had half the rate of this most deadly skin cancer

12/6/2010
Like Congress, Americans Split Over Health-Care Reform

But even opponents back many provisions of the controversial law, Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds

12/3/2010
Outbreaks Signal Another Flu Season, CDC Says

Georgia now reporting spike in cases among kids, agency says, but vaccine seems to be good match

12/2/2010
Suicides in National Parks Preventable, CDC Says

Authorities should increase training and restrict access to certain sites, experts advise

11/30/2010
Health Tip: Avoid Medical Mistakes

At the doctor's office or hospital

11/26/2010
Gun-Safety Talk a Safe Bet for All Families, Experts Say

Only 48% of parents without firearms have discussed gun safety with their kids, poll finds

11/26/2010
Stores Urged to Take Steps to Avoid 'Black Friday' Frenzy

Limited quantities, long lines, coupons spur bad behavior by intense shoppers, researcher says

11/24/2010
Despite Efforts, Study Finds No Decline in Medical Errors

But experts say some safety initiatives may take time to bring results