Safety and Public Health News

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4/30/2009
Swine Flu Infections Surpass 100 in U.S.

Mexico prepares for shutdown of many public services to head off infections

4/30/2009
U.S. Public Lacks Confidence in FDA: Poll

More than half of those surveyed believe agency is falling behind in safeguarding food, drugs

4/30/2009
Swine Flu Vaccine Still Months Away

Search for correct formulation, egg-based production system are biggest challenges, experts say

4/29/2009
First Swine Flu Death Reported in U.S.

23-month-old boy from Mexico had traveled to Houston for medical treatments, reports say

4/29/2009
More Than Half of Americans Living with Dirty Air

Survey finds many cities have dangerously high levels of pollution

4/28/2009
Acrylamide Doesn't Raise Lung Cancer Risk

Controversial food byproduct even showed protection for women, study finds

4/28/2009
U.S. Swine Flu Cases Surpass 60

CDC warns that some deaths are likely

4/28/2009
FDA Adds New Label Warnings to Over-the-Counter Painkillers

Acetaminophen, NSAIDs can cause liver or stomach illness in certain situations, officials warn

4/28/2009
Experts Say Panic Over Swine Flu Is Premature

Transmission, death rate much lower than SARS, and true severity of outbreak still unknown

4/27/2009
40 Swine Flu Cases Now Reported in U.S.

Health officials checking persons entering the country for signs of sickness

4/27/2009
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts

Two reports show promise of computers, pharmacists for proper prescribing

4/26/2009
U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency in Response to Swine Flu

A precautionary measure, the move allows federal and state governments easier access to flu tests and medications

4/25/2009
WHO Warns of Possible Pandemic as Mexico Seeks to Contain Swine Flu

3 new cases reported in United States, health officials say

4/24/2009
At Least 20 Dead, Hundreds Ill in Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico

Officials find links between Mexican virus and strain that sickened 8 people in California, Texas

4/23/2009
Swine Flu Cases Now Total 7: CDC

All patients, in California and Texas, have recovered from unique virus

4/23/2009
Safety Measures Urged for Tree-Care Workers

CDC report finds an average of 80 die each year while trimming trees

4/22/2009
Staying Slim Is Good for the Environment

Sustaining heavier people produces more greenhouse gases, researchers say

4/17/2009
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels

As little as 10 minutes of exposure changes cardiovascular function, researchers say

4/16/2009
Lead Exposure in Workplace Still a Problem

CDC report shows slight increase in rates between 2005 and 2007

4/9/2009
Declines in Foodborne Illness Have Plateaued, Report Says

FDA official cites need to modernize government efforts

4/9/2009
Psoriasis Drug Raptiva Pulled From U.S. Market

Drug manufacturer acts after link found to rare brain infection

3/31/2009
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey

Those with the best rankings had similar death rates to those with the worst marks

3/30/2009
Labels on OTC Painkillers Need Improvement

Study found safety warnings for kids were missed, could be more prominent

3/29/2009
Tips to Avoid Spring Cleaning Mishaps

Whether inside or out, projects require care and caution

3/27/2009
Third of EMS Stethoscopes Carry MRSA Bacterium

Doctor urges first responders to clean equipment regularly with alcohol wipes

3/27/2009
Scientists Capture HIV Transfer Among T-Cells on Video

Team suggests there are many targets now for interfering with the process

3/27/2009
Most Fatalities in Teen Crashes Are Not the Drivers

Stats show safety programs need to be extended to others on road as well, study finds

3/27/2009
Patients' Bill of Rights Too Tough to Read

Analysis shows most documents require reading skills beyond those of general population

3/25/2009
U.S. Urged to Start 'Fixing the Problem' of Food Safety

Creation of a separate federal agency is needed, new report says

3/24/2009
Tight Blood Sugar Control May Raise Risks in the ICU

Very ill patients have higher mortality when glucose is too strictly controlled, study finds

3/20/2009
FDA Expands Weight-Loss Products Safety Alert

Agency says some contain prescription-only drugs that can harm consumers

3/20/2009
Poison Prevention Requires Diligence

EPA offers tips for storing and using potentially harmful products

3/20/2009
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread

E-monitoring of hand washing, better room cleaning and checks on patient transfers are key, studies find

3/16/2009
Taser Stun Guns Can Cause Brain Injury

Case of an injured policeman outlines the danger, researchers say

3/12/2009
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem

Study found significant amount occurred in ICUs

3/10/2009
Shootings Linked to Alcohol-to-Go Outlets, Study Finds

Tighter controls are urged to help reduce urban violence

3/8/2009
Spring Forward? Plan Ahead

Sunday's time change can be easier with some advance preparation

3/6/2009
Healthy Foods Harder to Find in Poor Neighborhoods

Wealthier areas offer residents more nutritious items in stores, studies find

3/3/2009
Concerted Effort Needed to Fight Drug-Resistant Flu Strain

Other medications could be effective, while flu shot is best bet, experts say

2/27/2009
Snowblower Hand Injuries Often Extensive, Study Finds

Finger loss is one result, and experts urge better awareness of how machines work

2/26/2009
Car-Crash Death Rates Depend on Where You Live in U.S.

Northeast is best, south the worst; men and young adults also more frequent victims

2/25/2009
FDA Halts New Applications From Indian Drug Maker's Plant

Agency says Ranbaxy Laboratories facility falsified scientific data

2/25/2009
Experts Call for FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products

2-year project also urges higher cigarette taxes, more oversight of advertising claims

2/24/2009
Most HIV-Infected Prisoners Go Untreated After Release

And that can pose a big public health threat, researchers warn

2/19/2009
FDA Warns Users on Psoriasis Drug

Three have died from rare brain infection while taking Raptiva, officials report in health advisory

2/18/2009
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk

Munitions in water off Puerto Rico transfer toxins into seafood, scientist says

2/17/2009
MRSA Cases Dropping in Hospital ICUs

Prevention efforts have led to declines of up to 70 percent, CDC researchers say

2/16/2009
Economic Bad Times Put Minorities at Higher Crime Risk

Blacks, Latinos more often victimized as recessions occur, study shows

2/15/2009
Being Heart Smart Just Makes Sense

Knowing the early warning signs of an attack can greatly increase survival, group says

2/12/2009
Tobacco Companies Targeting Teens, Study Says

Marketing aims to get them to smoke and choose certain brands, experts note