Safety and Public Health News

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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

2/10/2009
Dietary Aid Helps Kidney Patients Stay Safe

Too much phosphorus in food can cause harm, but new tool helps spot the danger

2/9/2009
Tests Gauge Alzheimer's Patients' Ability to Drive

Doctors need a standardized method to make these tough decisions, experts say

2/7/2009
FDA: Company Knowingly Shipped Tainted Peanut Products

Agency now reports that Peanut Corp. of America sent out supplies it knew contained salmonella

2/6/2009
Needed: Blood Donations

Supplies tend to run dangerously short this time of year

2/5/2009
Spine Injuries a Common Result of Car Crashes

Seat belts and airbags could reduce the risk, study says

2/5/2009
Lung Problems Persist for 9/11 Responders

Nearly a quarter still have breathing problems, study finds

2/5/2009
Private Health Care Info Needs Better Safeguards

Current government rules are inadequate, new report finds

2/4/2009
New Standards Set for Heparin and Glycerin

Stricter testing is aimed at keeping tainted drugs, products off U.S. market

2/4/2009
Methamphetamine Abuse Costs U.S. $23.4 Billion

Study cites crime, court fees, productivity losses and deaths among consequences

2/2/2009
Obama Orders Review of FDA in Salmonella Outbreak

Saying his daughter should be able to eat peanut butter without getting sick, president acts as salmonella outbreak, peanut recalls, criminal probe continue

2/2/2009
You Own It, You'll Eat It

Expired or slightly 'off' food? If it's in your fridge, chances are you'll try it, experts say

1/31/2009
With Age Comes Greater Risk of Hypothermia

Higher temperatures when inside and more layers when outside are advised

1/30/2009
U.S. Launches Criminal Probe Into Salmonella Outbreak

Justice Department acts after revelation that Peanut Corp. of America shipped tainted product months before the current outbreak, FDA announces

1/30/2009
Tracking Down a Salmonella Outbreak

CDC report details how health officials first spotted, chased down source and spread of tainted peanut product

1/30/2009
Top 10 Heart-Stroke Advances for 2008

AHA says research looked at smoking bans, acute care, diabetes control and childhood obesity

1/30/2009
The Truth About 'Bio-identical' Hormone Therapy

Much remains unknown about these treatments for menopausal symptoms, FDA says

1/29/2009
Blood Test for 'Mad Cow' Disease May Be Near

It detects the brain illness in cattle months before symptoms appear, scientists say

1/29/2009
Home Renovations by Affluent Families Can Unleash Lead Threat

Much of the work involves older homes, but lead paint wasn't banned until 1978

1/29/2009
Zoloft, Lexapro the Best of Newer Antidepressants

Review looked at 12 drugs, 117 studies and 25,000 patients to arrive at ranking

1/29/2009
Common Chemicals May Delay Pregnancy

Use of PFOS, PFOA as additives is being phased out, researchers note

1/29/2009
All Products at Georgia Peanut Plant Recalled

Recall covers everything made in the last two years; lawmakers demand criminal probe after U.S. health officials say company sent out questionable peanut products long before salmonella outbreak

1/28/2009
Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury

Half of batches tested positive, third of popular sweetened products showed traces

1/28/2009
Controversial Chemical Lingers Longer in the Body: Study

BPA exposure has been linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, developmental problems

1/27/2009
America's Top Hospitals Cut Patient Death Rate 27%

If all centers performed as well, nearly 153,000 lives might be saved annually, report finds