Safety and Public Health News

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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

11/24/2010
Black Smokers May Face Higher Death Risk Than Whites: CDC

Missouri study shows significant racial gap in mortality from heart disease, cancer

11/22/2010
Gruesome Cigarette Pack Images Make Smokers Want to Quit, Study Finds

But some experts say FDA's proposals may still be too mild to work

11/19/2010
FDA Pulls Darvon and Companion Drug Due to Heart Risks

Main ingredient propoxyphene can cause dangerous irregular heartbeat, agency says

11/18/2010
FDA Advisers Renew Review on Whether to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

Opponents say cool, minty taste masks harsh chemicals, lures kids, minorities to take up smoking

11/18/2010
Smoking Still Allowed at 1 in 4 Major U.S. Airports

CDC researchers say designated 'smoking rooms' do not shield nonsmokers from fumes

11/17/2010
CDC Report Finds Adult Vaccination Rates Still Lagging

US health officials urge adults to think beyond the annual flu shot

11/15/2010
Sponges, Surgical Tools Sometimes Left in Kids After Operation

Such mishaps are rare but to family 'one event like this is too many,' study author says

11/5/2010
U.S. Obesity Rate May Hit 42% by 2050

Researchers say the more obese people you know, the greater your chances of gaining weight

11/4/2010
Hemophilia Drug Used Off-Label Raises Clot Risk

Those without blood disorder who were given it were twice as likely to have trouble, review found

11/3/2010
FDA Failing to Monitor Safety of Medical Devices: Report

Lax procedures around approvals, poor follow-up plague the agency, investigators claim

10/28/2010
Plastics Chemical BPA Tied to Poor Sperm Quality

But industry rep counters that study of Chinese workers isn't relevant to U.S. consumers

10/26/2010
Ingredients in Red Yeast Rice Supplements Vary Widely: Study

These products claim to lower cholesterol, but levels of active agent run the gamut

10/24/2010
MRSA Strain With Outbreak Potential Among Reports at Disease Conference

Presentations also track antibiotic prescriptions, new drugs

10/22/2010
New Virus 'Jumps' From Monkey to Scientist, Causing Serious Illness

Adenovirus strain is under study but experts say there's no immediate cause for alarm

10/22/2010
Disaster Planners Should Give Higher Priority to Kids: Survey

Most Americans believe children deserve life-saving treatments before adults with same condition

10/21/2010
Fatal Crashes Involving Teens Continue Decline: CDC

Parental involvement, graduated licensing programs save lives, report says

10/18/2010
Surgery on Wrong Patients, Surgical Sites Persists, Study Finds

Not following protocol, 'culture' in the operating room contributes to the problem, experts say

10/18/2010
New CPR Guidelines Emphasize Compressions First

American Heart Association says press hard and fast, whether an expert or untrained

10/7/2010
Many Americans Plan to Skip Flu Shot This Year

Surveys suggest more than 40 percent of adults will forego vaccine, while a third of moms won't vaccinate kids

9/30/2010
Scientists Sequence Genome of 'West Nile' Mosquito

Ultimate goal is to disable specific disease-causing genes

9/23/2010
Texting Taking a Deadly Toll on Roads

Cell phone use sends distracted driving fatalities soaring, U.S. report finds

9/22/2010
Timely News Reports Can Help Slow Pandemics: Analysis

Media coverage of advice from public health officials seems to reduce severity of outbreaks

9/20/2010
Disc Battery Ingestion May Cause Severe Injuries in Babies

Review of pediatric cases finds swallowed 'button' battery can burn esophagus

9/17/2010
Poison Experts Turn Phone Line Into a Lifeline

Medical training guides response when panicked parents seeks help, specialist says