Safety and Public Health News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

12/3/2009
No Increase in Brain Tumors Seen From Cell Phones

Despite new findings, doubts linger about whether they cause brain cancer

12/1/2009
Swine Flu Waning, But Could Return

CDC urges H1N1 vaccination because pandemic's course remains unpredictable

12/1/2009
A Good Year in the Fight Against AIDS

Promising vaccine trial, better access to treatment worldwide provide reasons for hope

11/30/2009
U.S. Swine Flu Cases Chart Sharp Decline

But as pandemic seems to ebb, CDC notes a rise in child deaths linked to flu

11/30/2009
Beverage Can Tabs Remain a Risk for Kids

Though designed to stay on, tabs still end up being swallowed, study finds

11/27/2009
Drunk Drivers May Respond to Brief Motivational Interview

Repeat offenders were more likely to consider change after 30-minute psychosocial intervention, study finds

11/25/2009
Swine Flu Tied to Rise in Pneumonias Among Young

On more positive note, CDC sees few signs of trouble with the H1N1 vaccine

11/24/2009
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds

Focus on toys that pose choking hazard, are too loud, or contain dangerous chemicals

11/24/2009
MRSA Creeping Into Hospitals From the Outside

Community-associated strains have increased sevenfold, study finds

11/24/2009
Recent Cancer Screening Changes Leave Many Confused

But experts say science is behind reasoning that testing less is OK

11/20/2009
Swine Flu Declining in Some Parts of U.S.

But, flu activity remains high and is expected to continue, CDC says

11/20/2009
Unraveling the 'Mad Cow' Mystery

Key molecule identified by researchers

11/19/2009
Errors in Surgical Procedures Persist

Poor communication causes most mistakes in and out of operating room, VA study shows

11/19/2009
Too Few Older Adults Get Recommended Screenings

Report looks to improve health of this group with better preventive care

11/17/2009
Incidence of High Cholesterol Drops in U.S.

Down by 30 percent, but those with high levels often don't know it, study finds

11/17/2009
Folic Acid Fortification Might Boost Cancer Risk

Norwegian study found supplementation raised chances of disease by 21%

11/17/2009
Could Plastics Chemicals 'Feminize' Boys' Play?

Small study suggests a link, but others question a connection

11/16/2009
Immunity to Swine Flu May Be Broader Than Thought

And that may explain why the disease hasn't posed more problems, study says

11/16/2009
Medical Tests Hit Heart Patients With High Doses of Radiation

Average amount more than five times higher than annual exposure outside hospital, study shows

11/13/2009
Web Giants Urge FDA to Update Ad Guidelines

Google and Yahoo join forces with drug makers at Internet marketing hearing

11/12/2009
22 Million Sickened by Swine Flu in 6 Months

Revised estimation method gives clearer picture of pandemic, CDC says

11/12/2009
My 10-Day Ordeal With the Swine Flu

Reporter recounts her bout with H1N1, made all the worse by chronic asthma

11/11/2009
Trial Data on Anti-Seizure Drug Might Have Been Manipulated: Report

Study found outcome measures differed between company documents, published reports

11/11/2009
Tamiflu-Resistant Swine Flu Found in Canadian Father

Latest case underscores need to use the antiviral properly, experts say

11/11/2009
Sharing Prescriptions Can Bring Harm, Not Healing

One in four who borrowed a medication experienced a side effect, researchers report

11/9/2009
Hot-Tub Injuries on the Rise

One-quarter of those hurt are under 16, researchers say