Safety and Public Health News

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9/26/2008
Patient Harm From Problem 'Handoffs' Is Common: Report

Hospital residents say poor transfers of care as serious as medication-related errors

9/24/2008
Casual Smokers at Greater Risk for Alcohol-Use Disorders

Even non-daily puffers 16 times more likely to be hazardous drinkers, study says

9/24/2008
Alert Issued on Use of Blood Thinners

Latest warning follows high-profile dosing errors

9/24/2008
Regular Hand-Washing Can Prevent Against Colds, Flu

But group's survey finds fewer Americans taking this simple precaution

9/24/2008
Flu Vaccine Should Be More Effective: CDC

And officials are urging more Americans than ever before to get a shot this season

9/23/2008
Wine Compound May Protect Against Radiation Exposure

Rat study finding could lead to human treatments that are effective, non-toxic

9/23/2008
Leading COPD Drugs Tied to Stroke, Heart Attack

Doctors must weigh benefits, risks for meds like Spiriva, Atrovent, experts say

9/22/2008
Women's Peripheral Artery Disease Tied to Secondhand Smoke

They face 69% increased risk for heart disease, 56% risk of ischemic stroke, study finds

9/21/2008
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents

Whether it's raking leaves or climbing ladders for repairs, work safe

9/20/2008
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths

But safety glasses can cut injury risk by 90%, vision expert says

9/18/2008
U.S. Barred 33 TB-Infected People From Flying Over Past Year

CDC's new 'do not board' list comes as a surprise to infectious disease experts

9/18/2008
School-Based Efforts Boost Kids' Fruit, Vegetable Intake

Biggest difference maker was repeated exposure through taste testing, study says

9/16/2008
FDA Bars Generic Drugs From Indian Company

Poor manufacturing conditions at 2 plants to blame, agency says

9/16/2008
Plastic Chemical Tied to Heart Disease and Diabetes

Bisphenol A previously associated with developmental problems in fetuses

9/16/2008
FDA Mulls Changes to Allergy Labeling on Foods

Current labels can be confusing, experts say

9/13/2008
Too Few People Know Symptoms of Heart Trouble

And that lack of knowledge could cost you your life

9/12/2008
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries

September is vision safety awareness month, and group offers tips to prevent accidents

9/10/2008
Retail Clinics Attracting Those Without Regular Doctors

Users mostly seek preventive care or assistance with easy-to-treat illnesses, study says

9/9/2008
CDC Campaign Targets MRSA Infections

Well-informed parents are a child's best defense, official says

9/9/2008
Lung Cancer Rates Among Nonsmokers Not on the Rise

International study debunks some commonly held beliefs about this type of cancer

9/9/2008
Air Pollution Harms Patients After Heart Attack

Particles can cripple heart's electrical functioning, researchers say

9/7/2008
Hurricane Threats: Time to Batten Down the Hatches

CDC offers tips to ride out dangerous storms -- before and after they hit

9/5/2008
Non-Hospital Baby Abductions a New Concern

Study highlights the value of education and media involvement

9/5/2008
No Place Safe From Allergies

Most can be controlled, but you need to know what triggers them, experts say

9/5/2008
FDA to List Drugs Under Review for Safety Issues

But officials say patients taking meds on Web site shouldn't overreact or stop taking them

9/4/2008
Neighborhood Alcohol Outlets Tied to Kids' Injury Risk

Parental supervision undermined in 'disordered' areas where liquor is sold, study says

9/4/2008
Most U.S. Kids Getting Recommended Vaccinations

More than 77% are fully inoculated, federal officials say

8/29/2008
Study Questions Flu Shot's Mortality Protection for Elderly

Canadian study found benefit to be statistically insignificant

8/28/2008
Salmonella Outbreak Over, U.S. Says

FDA lifts advisory against eating raw Mexican jalapeno and serrano peppers

8/26/2008
Single Rooms Becoming the Norm in New Hospitals

Trend could reduce spread of infections, medication errors, report says

8/26/2008
Tobacco Control Program Saved Billions in Health Costs

Rapid benefits in California tied to fact program was directed at adults, not youth, study finds

8/25/2008
One-Third of Schools Built in Air Pollution Danger Zones

Unhealthy proximity to major roads is public health concern future planners should address

8/25/2008
Long-Term Exposure to Incense Raises Cancer Risk

Rates of respiratory tract cancers increase, lung cancer incidence does not, study finds

8/22/2008
Marinades Help Keep Grilled Meat Safe

Study found they reduce the amount of cancer-causing compounds

8/21/2008
Text-Messaging Injuries Blamed on Distraction

Inattentiveness contacting others can lead to injuries, death while walking or driving

8/13/2008
Golf Course Insecticides Pose Little Danger to Players

Common turf applications scored well below par for EPA standards, study finds

8/12/2008
New Test Scans Beef for Mad Cow Disease

Method enables real-time identification of contaminated tissue, study says

8/10/2008
More Than Temperature Puts Elderly at Risk in Heat

Medications, lifestyle are also contributing factors to hyperthermia, agency warns

8/7/2008
Medical Blogs May Threaten Patient Privacy

More than half revealed data for easy IDs, lacked basic ethical standards, study finds

8/6/2008
One-Fifth of British Childhood Cancer Survivors Smoke

Study finds despite hazards, many put themselves at increased risk for second malignancies

8/6/2008
Study Links Agent Orange to Prostate Cancer in Vietnam Vets

But some researchers say the finding fails to establish cause-and-effect

8/6/2008
Researchers Find Genes That Influence West Nile Virus

Could lead to way to prevent, treat disease in humans

8/5/2008
HIV Drug Might Spur Resistant Strains of Virus

Used during breast-feeding to prevent mom-to-baby transmission, nevirapine could have downside, study finds

8/5/2008
Commonly Used HIV Infectivity Rate Misses Risks

Wide variety of co-factors affects heterosexual transmission, study finds

8/4/2008
Immigrant Children Less Likely to Exercise

Study finds they participate in fewer sports but watch less TV

8/2/2008
Orthopedic Surgeons Weigh in on Pool Safety

Fractures, sprains and strains result from ignoring common-sense precautions, group says

8/1/2008
1976 Italian Dioxin Release Damaged Babies' Thyroids

Women living near Seveso disaster were 6 times more likely to deliver infants with problems

7/31/2008
Risky Sexual Behaviors Decreasing Among U.S. Teens

Condom use increasing, but many blacks, Hispanics, and males not getting message, CDC says

7/31/2008
FDA Expands Pepper Warning in Salmonella Outbreak

Second tainted sample found at another farm in Mexico; serrano and jalapeno peppers from that country are now suspect

7/30/2008
Public Smoking Bans Work Across the Board

Study finds hospital admissions for acute coronary syndrome down for smokers, nonsmokers