Safety and Public Health News

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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

2/12/2010
Too Much Mercury in Canned Tuna -- Or Is There?

It could depend on whether you heed EPA or FDA standards, experts say

2/10/2010
Exposure to 9/11 Fumes Tied to Chronic Headaches

Preliminary data from lower Manhattan residents suggest a link, nearly a decade later

2/4/2010
Campaign Calls for Limits on Doctors' Hours

Forty groups say typical 30-hour shifts need to be cut to 16 to avoid medical errors

2/1/2010
Herbal Remedies Can Cause Cardiac Problems

They interfere with effects of prescription drugs for heart troubles, researcher says

1/26/2010
U.S. Bans Texting by Truck and Bus Drivers

Violators using interstate roadways now subject to fines up to $2,750

1/21/2010
Genetics Used to Track Transmission of MRSA Bacteria

Method could help fight this and other dangerous infections, scientists say

1/21/2010
Chemicals in Carpets, Non-Stick Pans Tied to Thyroid Disease

PFOA, PFOS are found throughout the home and the environment, experts say

1/19/2010
Overdoses From Prescription Painkillers on the Rise

Use of opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone soaring, researchers say

1/15/2010
Health Agencies Express Concern Over BPA

HHS, FDA pledge funds for more research on the common plastics chemical

1/15/2010
55 Million Americans Sickened by Swine Flu So Far

Although infections are declining, health officials still urge vaccinations

1/15/2010
Tylenol Recall Expands to Include Other OTC Meds

FDA criticizes manufacturer for slow reaction to consumer complaints

1/14/2010
Leading COPD Drug Won't Harm Heart: FDA

Initial concerns over Spiriva HandiHaler may be unfounded, agency says

1/14/2010
Deadly 'Choking Game' Still Common Among Kids

6 percent of those responding to Oregon poll said they tried the dangerous pastime

1/13/2010
Chemical BPA Linked to Heart Disease Risk

But study doesn't establish cause-and-effect

1/12/2010
FocusDriven Seeks to Crack Down on Distracted Drivers

Federal government, safety group target use of cell phones and texting devices

1/11/2010
Seat Belts, Bike Helmets Go Unused in Movies Aimed at Kids

Hollywood demonstrates safe practices only about half the time, study finds

1/9/2010
Younger Hunters Prey to Treestand Injuries

Safety campaigns could help prevent serious accidents, expert says

1/8/2010
As Swine Flu Ebbs, Officials Stress Importance of Vaccine

Cases now widespread in just one state, but a resurgence could occur, CDC experts warn

1/8/2010
Common Radio Frequency Tag Readers Might Trouble Pacemakers

Found in store security tags, hotel keycards, toll booth sensors, researchers say

1/8/2010
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts

One type relies on radio waves, another uses low level X-rays

1/7/2010
Pet Frogs Behind Salmonella Outbreak

CDC report counts 85 cases across 31 states

1/7/2010
As Swine Flu Wanes, Don't Be Fooled

Another outbreak is possible, and people need to be vaccinated: CDC

1/7/2010
Leading COPD Drug May Raise Chances of Heart Trouble

Study found Atrovent upped risk, while other research found Spiriva might do opposite

1/7/2010
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?

In mouse study, exposure to electromagnetic field prevented and even reversed brain impairment

1/6/2010
Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers

CDC offers tips on protecting against frostbite, hypothermia

1/4/2010
Using Kitchen Spoons Ups Risk of Dosing Errors

Researchers recommend sticking with measuring devices that come with medicines

1/1/2010
Health Care Reform, Swine Flu Top Health News for 2009

Furor over cancer screening changes and lifting of embryonic stem cell ban also grabbed headlines

12/30/2009
Swine Flu Not As Infectious Among Young Adults As First Feared

But younger children were twice as likely to get sick, study of households shows