Safety and Public Health News

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10/21/2008
Sex Partners Get STD Alerts by E-mail

Report shows 30,000 have used Internet service to handle delivery of delicate news

10/21/2008
One-Quarter of Biologic Drugs Have Had Safety Issues

International analysis finds 11% issued 'black box' warnings by FDA

10/20/2008
Acrylamide Doesn't Raise Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk

Large study found no danger from chemical produced during high-temp cooking

10/19/2008
Study Urges Low-Tech Solutions for Medical Errors

Color-coding system worked well in simulated emergency room situations

10/17/2008
Scientists Hot on Trail of New Antibiotics

Natural compounds could mean faster treatments for TB, fight other drug-resistant bacteria

10/17/2008
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment

Misuse of chemicals contributes to hospital-acquired infections, study says

10/16/2008
Car Surfing Kills Teens

CDC report shows typical victims are males from Midwest, South

10/16/2008
'Bug Bombs' Causing Injury

466 cases, including one baby's death, are linked to the repellent 'foggers,' U.S. report finds

10/16/2008
Travel Was as Dangerous 500 Years Ago as Today: Study

Changing modes of transport have had little effect on unintentional injuries

10/15/2008
U.S. Ranks 29th in Infant Mortality

Rate is 50% higher than national goal, CDC says

10/14/2008
Death Rate 70% Lower at Top U.S. Hospitals

If all centers performed as well, over 237,000 lives might have been saved, survey finds

10/14/2008
Vioxx's Heart Risk Lingered Long After Use Ended

Some danger may come with other NSAID pain relievers, experts say

10/9/2008
New Guidelines Make It Easy to Get Fit

U.S. government suggests weekly workouts can work

10/8/2008
New Avian Flu Vaccine Strategy Proposed

Advance shots protect those most exposed in possible pandemic, researchers suggest

10/8/2008
Family Income Impacts Children's Health

Big gaps exist between states, and between poor, middle- and upper-class families, study finds

10/7/2008
Role of Circumcision in Reducing HIV Risk Still Unclear

Review doesn't find a protective effect in post-HAART era

10/7/2008
For Some Animals, There's No Place at Home

Exotic pets like rodents, reptiles and monkeys can carry disease, report warns

10/6/2008
Teens May Be Missing Out on Needed Vaccines

Not getting preventive care biggest reason for immunization shortfall, study finds

10/6/2008
Free Prescription Drug Samples Pose Risk to Kids

Few actually go to needy children, and newer meds lack safety profile, study finds

10/3/2008
FDA Rules How Much Melamine Is Too Much

In wake of China food scare, agency says any amount is too much for infants

10/1/2008
Program Seeks to Reduce ICU Infections

An estimated 250,000 such illnesses occur each year, CDC says

10/1/2008
HIV Outbreak Began Decades Earlier Than Thought

Rise of cities, risky behavior in west central Africa between 1884 and 1924 at root, study says

9/30/2008
Fewer Doses, Intramuscular Injection Cut Anthrax Shot Side Effects

3 vaccinations just as effective as current 6 in forming antibodies, study finds

9/29/2008
FDA Faulted for Lack of Produce Oversight

Congressional report cites insufficient funding and resources

9/26/2008
3M Injected Drug Users Worldwide Could Be HIV-Positive

In some countries, prevalence of infection may be as high as 40%, study suggests

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