Safety and Public Health News

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7/19/2010
Vaginal Gel Cuts Risk of HIV Infection, Study Shows

When used consistently before and after sex, antiretroviral halved chances of transmission

7/16/2010
Computers Help Beat Hospital Infections

Hospitals with automated surveillance systems can better respond to outbreaks, survey suggests

7/15/2010
Scientists Create 'Malaria-Proof' Mosquito

Gene-tweaked insect can't be infected by parasite that spurs the disease, researchers say

7/14/2010
1 in 5 Parents Missed Work for H1N1 School Closings: Survey

But many students visited places other than home, finds CDC report

7/13/2010
1 in 3 U.S. Docs Wouldn't Report Impaired, Incompetent Colleague

Many think their action wouldn't yield results -- except recrimination, study finds

7/12/2010
Salsa, Guacamole Rising Source of Foodborne Illness: CDC

Nearly 1 in 25 restaurant-linked outbreaks over recent decade tied to these popular items, experts say

7/9/2010
FDA Advisory Panel Decision on Avandia Looms

Experts meet next week to pore over study data on controversial diabetes drug

7/7/2010
Relentless Heat Threatens Your Health

Kids, elderly are most vulnerable, but experts say simple steps can help

7/5/2010
City Cycling Seems to Have More Upsides Than Down

Parking the car, hopping on a bike helps health and environment, study finds

7/1/2010
Sex With Recent Smallpox Vaccine Recipient Can Lead to Illness

CDC reports case of woman who contracted vaccinia virus, main ingredient in the shot

7/1/2010
Hepatitis A Vaccine Pays Off for Kids: Study

U.S. urges vaccination for children 12-23 months

6/28/2010
FDA Urges Limiting Antibiotics in Meat

The practice is encouraging microbial resistance to drugs that fight infections in humans, agency says

6/25/2010
Outdated Meds Pose Problems If Kept or Tossed

Health, environmental experts suggest safe disposal methods

6/23/2010
U.S. Health Care Ranks Low Among Developed Nations: Report

Despite high cost, it delivers too little to patients, Commonwealth Fund says

6/23/2010
Experts Try to Gauge Health Effects of Gulf Oil Spill

Some are known, others will unfold as years go on, government advisors say

6/16/2010
H1N1 Flu Vaccine May Shield Against 1918 Strain

Mouse studies suggest shot would do double duty, in unlikely event of older virus' return

6/14/2010
U.S. Panel Upholds Ban on Gay Men as Blood Donors

Experts cite small but potential danger to the blood supply, but urge more research

6/12/2010
Lawn Mowers a Real Safety Hazard for Kids

Adults need to enforce rules to prevent injuries in children, experts warn

6/10/2010
CDC Warns of Ecstasy Overdose 'Clusters' at Rave Events

In Los Angeles, 1 death, 18 hospitalizations after one such party

6/10/2010
Violence on the Rise at U.S. Health Care Centers

Frustration with overburdened health care system may be one cause, experts say

6/10/2010
Is It Safe to Go in the Gulf Coast's Water?

Experts are divided on the health risks posed by the oil and tar balls washing up on beaches

6/8/2010
Poor Hygiene a Danger at Outpatient Surgery Centers

CDC study finds 1 in 5 doesn't practice proper hand washing, for example

6/8/2010
FDA Needs Food Safety Overhaul: Report

Focus must shift from reacting to illness outbreaks to preventing them, experts say

6/8/2010
Many Americans Sleep-Deprived: Study

About 20 percent suffer from dangerous daytime sleepiness, survey finds

6/4/2010
A Year After Its Emergence, H1N1 Swine Flu Lingers

It's likely that the virus, so rampant last spring, will adopt a regular fall/winter pattern, experts say

6/3/2010
Gulf Oil Spill Workers Report Health Problems

Flu-like symptoms range from chest pain to dizziness, nausea and headaches

6/1/2010
Dangers Lurk in Impotence Drugs Sold on Web

Study finds many contain toxins, or too much/too little of the active ingredient

5/29/2010
Dive Safely -- Or Risk Spinal Cord Damage

Go feet first in shallow or unfamiliar waters, experts say

5/27/2010
Flu May Migrate Rather Than Die Out

Findings may lead to regional, rather than global, vaccines, researchers say

5/27/2010
Decline in Potentially Lethal Hospital-Based Infections

CDC finds 'central line' catheter-linked illnesses fall 18 percent across the U.S.

5/25/2010
As Autism Web Sites Boom, Experts Urge Caution

Too often 'treatments' turn out to be bogus, but simple guidelines can help

5/24/2010
Global Death Rate for Children Lower Than Thought

But progress in United States, Canada lagging behind other developed countries, study finds

5/24/2010
'Button' Batteries Killing, Disabling Children

Researchers call for safety controls to prevent more tragedies from accidental swallowings

5/20/2010
1 in 8 Public Pools Unfit for Use: CDC

Patrons urged to do their part to maintain high-quality water

5/18/2010
BPA in Cans Poses Health Threat, Report Claims

Chemical found in 92 percent of products tested, group calls for federal ban

5/17/2010
ER Docs Predict Jump in Emergency Room Visits

Despite health reform, they expect more crowding, fewer lifesaving services, survey shows

5/14/2010
Safety Training Makes for Safer Mining

Study found severe injuries dropped after federally mandated worker education

5/12/2010
For Drug Company Whistleblowers, Hardship Often Follows

More equitable rewards, stronger anti-retaliation provisions needed, study authors say

5/12/2010
Green Light Exposure Can Reset Body Clock

Blue light works best, but study shows green light could also be a treatment

5/12/2010
Prevention Program Spares Seniors More Falls

Cost of such intense intervention still a question mark, experts note

5/11/2010
Tainted Lettuce Recall Expands

Distributors in Oklahoma, Massachusetts asked to pull back products

5/10/2010
Air Pollution Raises Risk of Heart Disease, Death

Danger comes from microscopic contaminants from fuel combustion, report says

5/7/2010
FDA Investigating Arizona Farm as Source of Tainted Lettuce

19 people sickened by E. coli, recall involves produce sold in 23 states

5/7/2010
Cancer Society Says U.S. Report Failed to Prove Health Risks

President's Cancer Panel called for more public awareness of harm from common chemicals

5/7/2010
Gulf Oil Spill Could Threaten Human Health

Short-term effects include skin and respiratory woes, while longer-term risks are uncertain

5/6/2010
U.S. Must Do More to Cut Cases of Environmental Cancers

President's Cancer Panel report urges more public awareness of harm from common chemicals

5/5/2010
H1N1 Often Hit the Young and Healthy

WHO report, issued a year after outbreak began, finds this flu had new targets

5/5/2010
Bar Codes Cut Down on Hospital Medication Errors

Study found electronic safety system halved potentially adverse events

5/5/2010
FDA Found Bacteria in Ingredients for Recalled Tylenol, Benadryl

Agency also cited maker Johnson & Johnson for 'numerous deficiencies' at plant

4/30/2010
'Killer' Fungus Not So Deadly

Experts say C. gattii not infecting as many as believed in Pacific Northwest