Safety and Public Health News

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12/16/2008
HIV Can Penetrate a Woman's Healthy Genital Skin

Study finds virus can reach immune cells in just 4 hours

12/15/2008
Later School Start Time Cuts Teens' Car Crash Risk

A little more sleep means sharper young drivers, study suggests

12/12/2008
'Airport Malaria' Risk Rising With Global Warming

Researchers say once inhospitable climes becoming more conducive to spread

12/11/2008
FDA Puts Black-Box Warning on Bowel-Cleansing Drugs

Prescription products, used to prep for colonoscopy, may harm the kidneys, agency says; non-prescription treatments also will get warnings

12/10/2008
U.S. May Soon Face Shortage of General Surgeons

It means people will wait longer for ER treatment, elective procedures, study says

12/10/2008
Car Crashes, Falls Top List of Accidental Injuries for Kids

CDC researchers say it's an under-recognized public health problem

12/8/2008
Half-Dose Flu Shot Works Well in Young Adults

The finding could greatly expand the supply of the seasonal vaccine, experts say

12/5/2008
Flu Shots Worthwhile for College Students

Getting seasonal vaccine reduced illness rates, missed classes, study shows

12/4/2008
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines

150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week

12/4/2008
Worldwide Measles Deaths Drop Dramatically

They plunged 74% from 2000 to 2007, report shows

12/3/2008
Report Confirms Source of Contaminated Heparin

A man-made chemical was added to the blood thinner imported from China

12/3/2008
Bogus Stem Cell Therapies Sold on Internet

New guidelines are aimed at combating less responsible uses, claims, experts say

12/2/2008
Another Study Warns of Risk From Cardiac Surgery Drug

Patients given Trasylol have a higher death risk, data review finds

12/2/2008
Generic Heart Drugs as Good as Brand-Name Counterparts

Review found most were as effective, despite editorials urging opposite

12/1/2008
FDA Touts Efforts to Enhance Food Safety

Critics see problems with the agency's goals, commitment and resources

12/1/2008
Guideline Urges HIV Tests for All Patients 13 and Older

Physicians' group, citing World AIDS Day, says colleagues can prevent spread of infection

11/28/2008
Beware of Toxic Toys This Holiday Season

Dangerous chemicals make some playthings unfit for kids, report claims

11/26/2008
Universal Testing, Prompt Treatment Could Slash HIV

Computer model suggests the strategy would lower infections by 95% within a decade

11/26/2008
Improper Microwaving Led to Pot Pie-Salmonella Outbreak

CDC urges clearer cooking instructions to protect consumers

11/26/2008
Hair Beads Spurring Head Trauma in Kids

And hard plastic versions often aren't visible on CT scans, experts note

11/25/2008
A Third of Medicare Clients Unfamiliar With Benefits

Findings cut across race, education levels, and could affect quality of health care, study says

11/25/2008
Exhaust From Railroad Diesel Linked to Lung Ailments

Study measured respiratory history of 30,000 RR workers since 1959

11/25/2008
Live Chickens on Trucks Could Transmit Dangerous Germs

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in cars traveling behind tractor-trailers carrying fowl

11/24/2008
Gasping Is Good When It Comes to Cardiac Arrest

Those who do have better survival odds, but swift action is needed

11/24/2008
Avandia's Heart Risk Higher Than Others in Its Class

A similar diabetes drug, Actos, doesn't seem to carry same dangers, study finds

11/20/2008
CDC Monitors Shortage of Hib Vaccine

The shot protects against infection that can cause meningitis, pneumonia in young children

11/20/2008
U.S. Lags on HIV Testing Goals

Despite call for routine exams, 60,000 Americans were infected last year

11/19/2008
Early HIV Treatment Best for Babies

It saves lives and slows the progression of AIDS, study confirms

11/18/2008
China Documents First Case of Tick-Borne Disease Spread

Human-to-human transfer caused by contact with blood, respiratory secretion

11/17/2008
Established EU Countries Healthier Than Newcomers

Study says quality years could be extended with more elder-care funds

11/13/2008
Booze Taxes Lower Alcohol-Linked Deaths

Alaska's alcohol tax increases tied to a drop in cirrhosis, cancer, study found

11/13/2008
Traces of Corn Found in Almost All Fast Food

Only 12 servings out of hundreds had nutrients that didn't contain it, researchers say

11/12/2008
Vest Monitors 'Individual' Air Pollution

Researchers in Detroit say it detected additional cardiovascular damage

11/11/2008
Drug-Resistant TB Declines in United States

Number of XDR-TB cases down to only 2 in 2007, CDC reports

11/11/2008
After Decades, Decreases in Heart Risk Factors Level Off

Researchers point to obesity epidemic in explaining the troubling trend

11/11/2008
States Asleep at the Wheel in Fighting Drowsy Driving

There's not enough outreach and prevention, new report finds

11/11/2008
Flu Shots Lower Risk of Blood Clots

Study found getting one reduced chances by 26%

11/10/2008
MP3 Player Headphones May Throw Off Cardiac Devices

Study found they could cause interference when placed too closely to pacemakers, ICDs

11/8/2008
Written Instructions Cut Bleeding Risk for Blood Thinner Use

Study found additional guidance led to fewer side effects

11/7/2008
TB Strain Called a Growing Public Threat

Extensively drug-resistant disease deadlier and more common than thought, researchers find

11/7/2008
Smoking Coupled With Obesity Raises Death Risk

Two factors increase risk 8-fold, researchers say

11/7/2008
ER Physicians Press for New Cardiac Arrest Strategies

More bystander CPR, faster patient-to-doctor time would boost survival rates, survey finds

11/6/2008
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor

Having more parks, forests, playing fields affects health behaviors, study says

11/6/2008
Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Dry Dog Food Continues

Eight more people -- mostly young children -- infected, bringing total to 79, CDC says

11/4/2008
Study Shows Hispanics Prefer Beer

Findings could lead to more targeted prevention efforts, researcher says

11/4/2008
Silicone Breast Implants Might Raise Risk of Rare Lymphoma

But researchers stress absolute chances of disease are still small

11/4/2008
Global Attention to Snakebites Is Unmet

Poisonings, deaths pose severe public health threat, especially in underdeveloped areas

11/4/2008
Too Many High-Risk Teens Not Getting Flu Shots

Those with asthma, other conditions have vaccination rates far below goals, study finds

11/3/2008
Sexually Charged TV Might Raise Risk of Teen Pregnancy

But researchers stress finding doesn't establish a direct link between the two

11/3/2008
Many Unlicensed Teen Drivers Put Safety Last

Driving drunk, skipping seatbelts more common for adolescents illegally at the wheel, study finds