Safety and Public Health News

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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

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