Safety and Public Health News

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7/15/2008
Salmonella Sickness Toll Climbs to 1,148

42 states now reporting illnesses; source still elusive

7/14/2008
Colon Cancer Screening Rates Remain Low

Only half of Americans over 50 tested; education, insurance play role, group says

7/13/2008
Are You Getting Burned by Your Sunscreen?

Many products don't protect against UVA rays, which can cause skin cancer

7/12/2008
Summer Is Peak Time for Lightning Strikes

The rule of thumb? 'When thunder roars, go indoors'

7/11/2008
Trauma Center Counseling Reduces Kids' Repeat Injuries

Emergency department 'teachable moments' remembered well by parents, youngsters, study finds

7/10/2008
Freeze-Dried Formula May Block HIV Virus in Breast Milk

Could help prevent spread of disease in developing countries, study suggests

7/10/2008
Salmonella Illnesses Now Top 1,000

Health officials add hot peppers and cilantro as suspect foods, along with tomatoes

7/9/2008
Heat Exposure a Dangerous Summer Threat

The poor, the elderly and people without health insurance especially vulnerable, study says

7/8/2008
FDA Mandates Black Box Warning for Some Antibiotics

Fluoroquinolones, which include Cipro, can cause tendinitis and tendon rupture, agency says

7/8/2008
Kids' Obesity May Lead to Epidemic of Adult Diabetes

Impact has yet to be felt, since type 2 course may take 10 years to show, study says

7/7/2008
New Spanish Consumer Guide Compares Diabetes Meds

Publication aimed at assisting the 1 in 8 Hispanics with type 2 disease

7/6/2008
Food Allergens Show Up in Unexpected Places

Street vendors, fairs replacing trans fats with peanut oil -- all can spell trouble

7/5/2008
How to Stay Out of the ER This Summer

Common sense and caution guarantee outdoor fun stays healthy, expert says

7/4/2008
On Independence Day, Think Fireworks Safety First

Experts say leave the July 4 celebrations to the pros

7/4/2008
Health Tip: Have a Safe Fourth of July

Keep kids away from fireworks

7/3/2008
Barcode Technology Flaws Put Some Patients at Risk

Nurses forced to use 'workarounds' to ensure medication errors are kept to minimum, study says

7/2/2008
Two-Drug Treatment Didn't Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

But the case isn't closed, American cardiologists say

7/2/2008
MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs

Before heading to the gym, take simple steps to avoid the potentially deadly bacteria

7/1/2008
Extreme Heat a Deadly Risk for Older Adults

Their bodies don't cool quickly, so caution should rise with temperatures

7/1/2008
U.S. Officials Stymied in Salmonella Search

As infection toll in outbreak reaches 869, probe expands to include food items normally served with tomatoes

7/1/2008
Death Rates for HIV Patients Decrease Dramatically

Study found 5-year survival rate for those on HAART now equals general population

7/1/2008
Smoke-Free Policies Prove Effective

They not only cut secondhand exposure but also helped current users cut back, study finds

6/30/2008
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate

Heart association seeks policy, social changes that boost healthier eating, exercise

6/29/2008
Activity-Linked Heat Illness Needs Prompt Attention

Trainers' group warns summer's temperatures can also bring severe injury

6/28/2008
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers

Surgeons group offers tips on how to be footloose and injury-free

6/28/2008
Tomatoes May Not Be Only Source of Salmonella Outbreak

As numbers rise, CDC officials wonder if another food might be contributing

6/27/2008
Golf Cart Injuries Give Rise to Calls for Regulation

Study finds safety standards needed, especially for use on public roads

6/27/2008
Drug Helps Heroin Addicts Stay Clean

Those taking buprenorphine lasted almost twice as long until using again, study says

6/27/2008
Start Packing for Great American Backyard Campout

National Wildlife Federation says turn off TVs, computers, venture into nature

6/26/2008
Chronic Kidney Disease Growing Globally

Researchers urge countries to make condition a public health priority

6/26/2008
Patients With Medicaid Co-Pay Cut Out Certain Drugs

Prescription use dropped about 17% after introduction of policy, Oregon study finds

6/26/2008
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Guidelines Updated

New rules called 'extensive' but not meant to crowd physicians' clinical judgment

6/25/2008
Worldwide Surgery Rates Tied to Economic Status

Richer countries perform most, but safety an issue in poorer areas, analysis finds

6/24/2008
Radio-Wave Devices May Play Havoc With Medical Equipment

In lab setting, they caused some machines to turn off, others to malfunction

6/24/2008
Social, Health Care Factors Drive Colon Screen Disparities

Economic status, access and language barriers affect who goes for tests, study concludes

6/23/2008
Head Injuries All Too Common in Summer Play

But proper sports gear and preparation can prevent unnecessary accidents, experts say

6/21/2008
Tainted Tomato Toll Now 552

U.S. health officials zero in on farms in Mexico, Florida as source of salmonella contamination

6/20/2008
Blood Substitute Found Safe in Large Phase III Trial

It worked best in those under 80, could ease expected worldwide shortfall of supplies

6/20/2008
Pro Baseball Helps Keep Skin Cancer From Scoring

New campaign is focused especially on sunscreen-averse teen boys

6/20/2008
'Hazardous Drinking' More Common Than Thought

Finnish study urges this 3rd category be added to diagnoses of alcohol disorders

6/19/2008
Traffic Pollution Puts Kids at Higher Allergy Risk

Those living closer to busy streets were 50% more likely to develop symptoms

6/19/2008
Tainted Tomato Cases Jump to 383 People in 30 States, D.C.

U.S. health officials still unsure whether outbreak is over

6/19/2008
Overtime Work Tied to Anxiety, Depression

Rates were higher among less-skilled and those with lower incomes, study finds

6/17/2008
FDA Warns Companies to Stop Selling Fake Cancer Cures

Fraudulent products present a safety hazard to the public, agency says

6/17/2008
Inexpensive Compound Could Treat Severe Diarrhea

Finding may be 'magic bullet' to help millions of children in developing world, study says

6/17/2008
FDA Narrowing Tainted Tomato Probe to One Cluster

Won't identify where, but calls it 'most fruitful' lead as victim number rises again in salmonella outbreak

6/13/2008
How to Have Your Tomatoes, and Eat Them, Too

FDA offers steps to help reduce your risk of salmonella poisoning

6/13/2008
Tainted Tomatoes Likely From Florida or Mexico: FDA

Officials say salmonella contamination probably came from one source

6/13/2008
PTSD High Among Witnesses to 9/11

One in 8 NYC residents near scene affected years later, with those injured suffering most

6/13/2008
Parents Worry About Tweens Left Alone

Poll finds they fret about kids' knowledge of safety, privacy, emergency practices, but will leave them alone anyway