Safety and Public Health News

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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

12/29/2009
Study Questions FDA Approvals of Cardiac Devices

Review suggests evaluations are not as stringent as with new medications

12/24/2009
Swine Flu May Be Rewriting the Flu-Season Script

H1N1 could be dominant strain this winter, 'crowding out' typical seasonal flu, experts say

12/23/2009
Swine Flu Hits Pregnant Women, Kids Hardest

Two studies confirm the increased risk of the H1N1 flu in these two groups

12/23/2009
Nearly 5 Million Doses of Nasal Swine Flu Vaccine Recalled

Tests reveal slight drop in potency, but not enough to require revaccination, FDA says

12/22/2009
As Swine Flu Wanes, So Does Public's Fear

About 60 million people have received H1N1 vaccine, CDC says

12/21/2009
Experts Say CPR by Untrained Bystander a Good Idea

Study found little harm done even when collapsed person didn't need it

12/21/2009
Texting While Driving Raises Crash Risk Sixfold

While drivers message, distance between cars shrinks and reaction times grow, study finds

12/21/2009
Single Shot of H1N1 Vaccine May Be Enough for Kids

But two doses still needed to ensure protection, experts say

12/17/2009
Teens Think Smoking More Dangerous Than Drinking, Drugs

Survey results suggest they might be more likely to try alcohol, illegal drugs

12/17/2009
Swine Flu Wanes, But Future Uncertain

The lull in the outbreak is a good time to get vaccinated, federal officials urge

12/15/2009
Serious Gaps Revealed in U.S. Response to Health Emergencies

If swine flu were worse, 'we would have really been in trouble,' expert says

12/14/2009
Studies Quantify Cancer Risks From CT Scans

An estimated 29,000 future cancers could be linked to scans performed in 2007

12/14/2009
Many Doctors Unaware of Deadly 'Choking Game'

Dozens of teens have died trying to achieve euphoric state, experts warn

12/11/2009
Swine Flu Infection Rates Continue to Fall

Just 14 states reporting widespread H1N1 activity, down from 25 states last week, CDC says

12/10/2009
Swine Flu Has Infected 1 in 6 Americans: CDC

Children, young adults still bear the brunt of H1N1, with the most hospitalizations and deaths

12/10/2009
Most Hospital Patients Don't Know What Meds They're Taking

Knowledge of regimen may help avert drug errors, study authors suggest

12/10/2009
When It Comes to Toys, Shop Smart, Shop Safe

Common sense this holiday season can help you avoid gifts that might pose a risk to children

12/9/2009
States Slash Funding for Tobacco Prevention Programs

Report finds drop comes despite receiving record amounts of money for such efforts

12/9/2009
Seasonal Flu Vaccination Rates Still Too Low

More got their shot early, but numbers now same as last year, survey shows

12/8/2009
Many Dialysis Patients Get Wrong Blood Thinners for Angioplasty

Some docs not following FDA directive urging against use of Lovenox, Integrilin, study shows

12/8/2009
U.S. Cancer Cases, Deaths Continue to Drop

Report says lifestyle changes, better screening and treatment explain decrease

12/4/2009
Swine Flu Continues to Wane

Whether the H1N1 virus will come back during winter isn't known, CDC says