Safety and Public Health News

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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

1/26/2009
Terror Fears Tougher on Minorities, Disabled

'Vulnerable' people tend to overestimate the dangers, study finds

1/26/2009
Cell Phones, Traffic a Deadly Combo for Kids

They're more likely to be hit crossing intersections, study shows

1/24/2009
Seventh Salmonella Death Linked to Peanut Products

At least 38 companies across U.S. involved in recalls as salmonella outbreak action continues; Girl Scouts, Hershey and Kraft Foods say their products are safe

1/23/2009
Acne Cream Not Linked to Raised Death Risk

Analysis of VA study that was halted early says retinoid tretinoin not the culprit

1/23/2009
60 Million Worldwide Carry Heart Disease Mutation

Muscle protein variant, most common in India, leaves carriers with little warning of dangers

1/23/2009
CDC Warns of Rise in Childhood Infections Tied to Meningitis Germ

5 cases, 1 fatal, in Minnesota could be linked to shortage of vaccine, officials say

1/23/2009
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior

Incidents were reported by half of family caretakers surveyed in British study

1/23/2009
Salmonella Common in U.S. Poultry

2 outbreaks highlight the dangers of infection from live birds, report shows

1/21/2009
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment

Iodine from kelp in dietary aid compromised therapy, researchers say

1/21/2009
Cleaner Air Equals Longer Life

Study shows drops in fine-particle pollution correlate with increases in life expectancy

1/21/2009
Salmonella Infection Numbers Still Rising; Recalls Rise Also

NutriSystem, pet food company join grocers and food suppliers in pulling products from shelves as FDA advises consumers not to eat anything but jars of peanut butter while probe continues

1/21/2009
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Winter heating season prompts tips on how to avoid most common cause of poisoning in U.S.

1/20/2009
More Peanut Butter Products Join Recall List

More companies pull products from shelves as FDA advises consumers not to eat anything but jars of peanut butter while salmonella probe continues

1/19/2009
MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria moving beyond hospital setting, study finds