Safety and Public Health News

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9/1/2009
Swine Flu on Campuses Boosts Call for Vaccinations

Officials expect return of virus that first surfaced last spring

8/28/2009
Study Details Swine Flu Transmission Rates

Every infected person puts 1.5 other people at risk, researchers say

8/27/2009
Another Report Finds Swine Flu Targeting the Young

But health experts emphasize that most infections are relatively benign

8/26/2009
Medical Scans a Significant Source of Radiation

Study finds they more than double exposure, but actual amount still small

8/26/2009
Fertilizer Ban Makes a Difference

Lawn-care restrictions improve quality of nearby waterways, researchers find

8/26/2009
Many Health-Care Workers May Shun Swine Flu Shot

Hong Kong study finds some fear side effects, question benefits

8/25/2009
FDA Investigating Weight-Loss Drug Over Reports of Liver Damage

32 cases reported since orlistat came on market in 1999

8/25/2009
Smokers' Cars Loaded With Nicotine

Levels twice those found in places that permit smoking, study suggests

8/21/2009
Swine Flu Vaccine Seems Safe in Early Trials

No worrisome side effects so far, U.S. officials say; flu infections continue to be mild

8/20/2009
Swine Flu May Not Close College Classrooms: CDC

Unless situation becomes severe, simple steps could reduce outbreak's impact, agency says

8/20/2009
Swine Flu Vaccine Delay Manageable, Experts Say

Having 45 million doses by Oct. 15 will still be useful, they stress

8/19/2009
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits a New High

Deaths also at an all-time low, new government report shows

8/19/2009
Businesses Need Swine Flu Action Plan, U.S. Says

Employers must prepare now for more sick workers, new federal guidelines say

8/19/2009
Avandia Raises Heart Failure Risk More Than Actos

Diabetes drug shouldn't be used when there's a safer alternative, study says

8/18/2009
Cervical Cancer Vaccine Seems Safe

Fainting most common adverse event with Gardasil, study finds

8/14/2009
Backyard Raccoon 'Latrines' Harbor Hidden Dangers

Transmission of infectious parasite, though rare, can damage the brain, experts say

8/14/2009
Get Smart About Swine Flu for Back-to-School

Simple steps can minimize the risk as fall looms, experts say

8/11/2009
Swine Flu May Not Be Any Deadlier This Fall: Experts

Review of prior epidemics refutes theory that virus gets more severe

8/10/2009
9/11 Responders May Be At Raised Myeloma Risk

Cases are appearing at a younger age than is normal, researchers note

8/7/2009
School Closures May Not Be Necessary When Swine Flu Strikes

But that could change if fall outbreak proves more severe, government says

8/5/2009
DEET in Bug Spray Tied to Neural Damage in Mice

More research needed to see if compound has same effect in humans, experts say

8/4/2009
Medicines Top Source of Kids' Poisonings

Over 70,000 children per year take painkillers, other drugs and end up in the ER, CDC says

8/3/2009
Surgical Masks Help Ward Off Flu, Maybe

New study does little to settle debate over their usefulness

7/30/2009
Pregnant Women, Health-Care Workers Top Swine Flu Vaccine Candidates

CDC advisory panel outlines priorities for a fall flu shot rollout

7/29/2009
Put Defibrillators in High-Traffic Spots, Studies Urge

Experts warn against politicizing their placement

7/29/2009
Prioritize Pregnant Women to Get Swine Flu Shot, Experts Say

As CDC recommendations loom, new study confirms this group at great risk

7/29/2009
Tanning Beds Get Highest Carcinogen Rating

Melanoma risk rises 75 percent when device use begins before age 30, international panel says

7/28/2009
CDC Panel to Recommend Who Should Get Swine Flu Shot

Officials hope vaccine will be available by fall or early winter

7/23/2009
U.S. Expects 160 Million Doses of Swine Flu Vaccine by October

A slowdown in production is hampering efforts, but a nasal spray version might help

7/23/2009
E-Cigarettes Pose a Health Hazard, FDA Warns

Agency says testing shows devices contain carcinogens, other toxins

7/22/2009
Many Young Adults Uninformed About Vaccines

More awareness of benefits of shots for preventable diseases needed, study shows

7/21/2009
Safety of Swine Flu Vaccine to Face Tough Scrutiny

Experts confident that U.S. won't repeat problems seen in 1976 episode

7/20/2009
FDA Approves Seasonal Flu Vaccine for 2009-2010

Health experts still working on H1N1 swine flu vaccine, which should be ready by fall

7/20/2009
Exposure to Common Pollutant in Womb Might Lower IQ

Study found those kids performed worse on intelligence tests at age 5

7/17/2009
Swine Flu Vaccine on Track for Fall: CDC

New U.S. outbreak likely in coming months; children and young adults still primary targets

7/16/2009
Deaths, Injuries Increase With Higher Speed Limits

To save lives, government should enact new interstate laws, researchers say

7/16/2009
FDA Investigating Safety of Asthma Drug Xolair

Injected medication may be linked to higher risk of heart attack, stroke, agency says

7/16/2009
Blacks Have Highest Obesity Rates in U.S.

Hispanics also show higher prevalence than whites, CDC researchers find

7/15/2009
Lower IQ Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Deaths

Public health messages should be simplified, study finds

7/13/2009
Swine Flu Vaccine Taking Longer Than Expected

A fully tested shot may not be ready until year's end, WHO says

7/13/2009
Obama Taps Alabama Doctor to Be Surgeon General

Dr. Regina Benjamin was first black woman to be on AMA's board

7/9/2009
Swine Flu Summit Focuses on Preparedness

U.S. taking steps to handle virus' anticipated return in the fall

7/8/2009
New Drug Fights Anthrax Toxin

Raxibacumab being stockpiled for possible anthrax attack, researcher says

7/8/2009
Experts Keep Wary Eye on Tamiflu-Resistant Swine Flu

Isolated cases seem mild for now, but future remains uncertain

7/7/2009
U.S. Unveils Stricter Food-Safety Standards

Measures aimed at reducing salmonella and E. coli outbreaks

7/7/2009
Mixed Marks for Swine Flu Updates

Study finds wide variations in Web reports by states and municipalities

7/2/2009
Why Swine Flu Differs From Seasonal Flu

Pandemic virus affects lungs and stomach, whereas seasonal flu doesn't, researchers say

7/1/2009
FDA Tells Patients to Stick With Diabetes Drug Linked to Cancer

There's no conclusive evidence that Lantus causes malignancy, agency says

6/26/2009
U.S. Considers Massive Swine Flu Vaccination Program

It could include up to 600 million doses of vaccine: report

6/26/2009
Too Few Americans Get HIV Test Early Enough

Late diagnosis costs lives that could be saved with powerful treatments, CDC says