Safety and Public Health News

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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

6/26/2009
FDA Seizes All Drugs From Generics Maker

Agency cites poor quality at Michigan plants, warns of potential shortage of one pain reliever

6/25/2009
1 Million Americans Likely Stricken by Swine Flu: CDC

The virus shows no signs of mutating as it continues global trek, officials say

6/25/2009
Supply of Key Children's Vaccine Almost Back to Normal

CDC says production shortfalls that limited booster shots nearly over; Hib can cause bacterial meningitis

6/23/2009
In Summertime, the Livin' Can Be Buggy

Physicians group offers advice on tick and mosquito bites

6/22/2009
HIV 'Atlas' Shows Virus Targeting Minorities

80% of U.S. cases occur in just 20% of counties, report finds

6/19/2009
Pesticide Residue Common on Kitchen Floors

Study detects hazardous substances underfoot, even some banned decades ago

6/19/2009
Nestlé Recalls Cookie Dough Products

Move comes after FDA reports 66 cases of E. coli infection in 28 states

6/19/2009
Swine Flu Continues to Flare Up, CDC Says

Many cases in the Northeast; health-care workers urged to take greater precautions

6/17/2009
New Swine Flu Strain Found in Brazil: Report

But it's not clear if it's any more dangerous than initial strain

6/16/2009
VA Faces Questions Over Tainted Colonoscopies

Former patients could have been infected with HIV, hepatitis via non-sterile equipment

6/13/2009
Asthma Drugs Get 'Precaution' Labeling for Possible Psychiatric Side Effects

FDA says users of Singulair and similar meds should watch for such problems

6/12/2009
First Batch of Swine Flu Vaccine Already Here: Company

Announcement comes a day after WHO declared H1N1 a pandemic

6/11/2009
Swine Flu Now a Pandemic

'The virus is unstoppable,' WHO director says; U.S. health officials caution that declaration means virus hasn't gotten more severe, just more widespread

6/11/2009
FDA Panel OKs Newer Antipsychotics for Children

Seroquel, Zyprexa and Geodon have been linked to certain health risks, experts note

6/10/2009
WHO Declaration of Swine Flu Pandemic Looks Imminent

H1N1's swift spread in Australia may meet criteria for full alert, agency says

6/10/2009
Studies Report More Harmful Effects From BPA

Chemical in plastics may hurt heart and fertility, researchers say

6/7/2009
Summer Fun Need Not Be Hazardous

Parents can do a lot to keep kids safe, experts say

6/5/2009
U.S. Response to Swine Flu Called Good

But report said the health-care system would be overburdened if an outbreak were more severe

6/4/2009
Global Testing Shows No Variation in Swine Flu Virus

Experts worry that it could mutate and become more dangerous as it travels from country to country

6/4/2009
Report Gives U.S. Good Grades for Swine Flu Response

But it also said the health-care system would be overburdened if an outbreak were more severe

6/3/2009
Two Ways to Tackle Tuberculosis

International screening program and new drug show promise in studies

6/3/2009
WHO Close to Declaring Swine Flu Pandemic

Reports of infection on the rise in countries such as Australia and Chile; mortality rate remains low

6/2/2009
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States

While outbreak is winding down, an estimated 200,000 people have been infected in U.S.

6/1/2009
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States

While outbreak is winding down, an estimated 200,000 people have been infected in U.S.

5/29/2009
Families Urged to Have Wells Tested Yearly

Young kids are especially vulnerable to contamination, experts say

5/29/2009
Neighborhood Safety Is Linked to Disability

Even questioning security poses risks for older, poorer people, study finds