Safety and Public Health News

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4/29/2010
Record Number of Americans Got Flu Shots, CDC Says

Concerns about H1N1 flu likely motivated people to get vaccinated, experts say

4/22/2010
Potentially Lethal Airborne Fungus May Spread to California

Unlike typical strains, new pathogen can attack healthy people, researchers say

4/22/2010
Younger Workers Face Higher Injury, Death Rates

CDC calls on employers to make job settings safer

4/22/2010
Motorcycle Fatalities Drop Sharply in U.S.

Report says poor economy, better safety enforcement helped end 11 years of increases

4/20/2010
FDA Tightens Oversight of Home Medical Devices

As more patients use portable ventilators, dialysis machines, agency says safety an issue

4/19/2010
Tanning Bed Use Might Become Addictive

Many hard-core tanners met typical addiction criteria, study found

4/19/2010
Day Care Centers Too Quick to Send Mildly Ill Kids Home

Colds, stomach bugs are already contagious long before symptoms appear, study authors say

4/16/2010
Tainted Produce More Common for Low-Income Shoppers

Fruit and salads sold in poor neighborhoods contain more bacteria, study finds

4/16/2010
Public Defibrillators Save Lives

Widespread use could prevent 474 deaths a year in U.S., Canada, study says

4/15/2010
Experts Urge Fixes for Clinical Trials System in 'Crisis'

Federal report says more funding, streamlined procedures will help save lives long-term

4/15/2010
Prescriptions Translated to Spanish Could Be Hazardous to Health

Computer translation programs give confusing, incomplete instructions, study finds

4/15/2010
Safer Patients Mean Fewer Malpractice Suits

A drop in preventable injuries in California hospitals is linked to a decrease in patient lawsuits, study finds

4/13/2010
Smoking Bans May Be Boosting Public Health

Toronto hospital admissions for heart, respiratory woes fell by a third after laws took hold, study found

4/8/2010
FDA to Re-examine Anti-Bacterial Chemical in Soaps, Cleansers

Triclosan linked to hormonal changes, antibiotic resistance in recent studies

4/8/2010
Chemicals in Beauty Products Tied to Early Puberty in Girls

Study links presence in lotions and shampoos, for instance, to breast development

4/7/2010
9/11 Rescue Workers Suffered Permanent Lung Damage

Many Trade Center first responders still struggle with wheezing, shortness of breath, study finds

4/2/2010
Sleep-Related Death Rate Higher Among Black Infants

Most deaths occurred when babies slept somewhere other than a crib

4/1/2010
Only 1 in 4 Americans Got H1N1 Vaccine

CDC reports that less than half of available doses have been used

3/31/2010
TV Doctors Bring Unethical Behavior to Prime Time

Study finds frequent, 'outrageous' misdeeds on Grey's Anatomy, House

3/28/2010
Watch Out for Lyme Disease

Risk is highest from April to October

3/26/2010
FDA Advisers Urge Stricter Regulation of Tanning Beds

Citing skin-cancer risk, experts recommend potential ban on use by people under 18, among other measures

3/25/2010
Topical Drugs May Pollute Waterways

Showering can release pharmaceuticals into the environment, experts warn

3/25/2010
FDA Panel Weighs New Restrictions on Tanning Beds

Experts say devices' UV rays help spur skin cancer, but industry says it's not so clear

3/22/2010
FDA Asks Docs to Suspend Using Glaxo Rotavirus Vaccine

Rotarix is contaminated with pig virus but poses no known health risk, officials say

3/22/2010
Measles Outbreak Triggered by Unvaccinated Child

Case illustrates that people who chose not to vaccinate put others at risk, researcher says

3/19/2010
For Elderly, Giving Up Driving Can Be Tough

It's a wrenching decision that doesn't necessarily depend on age, experts say

3/19/2010
With Faulty Food Labeling, Who's Minding the Store?

Recent charges of misleading ingredient, calorie count info have FDA scrambling to fix system

3/18/2010
FDA Toughens Rules on Tobacco Sales to Kids

Move includes near-elimination of cigarette vending machines, restrictions on advertising

3/17/2010
Abusive Men Often Rationalize Their Behavior

Many think domestic violence is much more common than it is, researchers say

3/16/2010
Chemical in Bananas Might Combat HIV Infection

Study found it was as potent as two current HIV drugs, could be added to vaginal microbicides

3/10/2010
H1N1 Flu Spreads Slower Than Seasonal Flu: Study

Data from Texas households confirm that the virus tends to target children

3/9/2010
Kids Who Get Flu Shots Protect the Unvaccinated

Inoculating children can prevent influenza from spreading, experts say

3/5/2010
Identifying Older Drivers at Risk of Crashes

Occupational therapists may be of help, researchers say

3/5/2010
Salmonella Scare Prompts Wide Product Recall

FDA spots bacteria in common food additive; no illnesses yet reported

3/3/2010
Food-borne Illnesses in U.S. Cost $152B Annually

Report urges Congress to pass vigorous food-safety legislation

3/2/2010
Asthma Rates Rising Across the U.S.

Prevalence varies significantly between states, CDC report shows

3/1/2010
Parents Still Worried About Vaccine Safety

Although most get their children inoculated, concerns persist, study found

3/1/2010
BPA May Raise Risk of Asthma in Kids

Mouse study shows exposure during pregnancy might increase chances of condition

2/26/2010
More Familiar Roads More Dangerous for Drivers

Study found they showed lower brain activity when on routes they knew well

2/26/2010
Predicted 'Red Tide' Could Make Shellfish a Dangerous Dish

Toxins produced by algae collect in mussels, clams and can cause paralysis, scientists say

2/25/2010
Virtually Everyone Should Get a Flu Shot: CDC

The recommendation will take effect for the next influenza season

2/22/2010
Deadly Hybrid Flu Possible

Stronger strain could develop if avian, seasonal viruses combine, scientists warn

2/22/2010
Pediatricians Want Redesign of Hot Dogs, Candy to Curb Kids' Choking

New AAP policy also pushes for warning labels on packaging of high-risk foods

2/17/2010
More Young Women Driving Drunk

Some blame societal pressures for increase in fatal crashes found in U.S. study

2/17/2010
County-By-County Report Sizes Up Americans' Health

Rural areas tend to fare worse than urban locales, comprehensive survey finds

2/16/2010
FDA Tightens Controls on Anemia Drugs

Procrit, similar medicines have been tied to strokes, tumor progression in cancer patients, agency says

2/16/2010
Most Americans Think It's Others Who Are Unhealthy

Survey found most people thought they were fine, while their docs disagreed

2/15/2010
TV Shows Often Botch Proper Seizure Responses

Medical dramas could educate public with better portrayals of correct first aid, study suggests

2/12/2010
57 Million Americans Sickened by H1N1 Flu: CDC

Deaths totaled over 17,000, still fewer than 'typical' flu season

2/12/2010
Sweat Lodges, Steam Rooms Aren't for Detox

The concept that sweating can cleanse the body of impurities is a myth, expert says