Safety and Public Health News

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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

6/12/2008
Pennsylvania Injuries Rise After Repeal of Helmet Law

Study finds 32% increase in motorcyclists' head trauma deaths since law revoked in 2003

6/12/2008
Consumers Urged to Avoid Raw Milk and Raw Milk Products

Unpasteurized items responsible for E. coli infections in children, CDC reports

6/12/2008
228 People in 22 States Sickened in Ongoing Salmonella-Tomato Outbreak

Meanwhile, Congressional report faults FDA on food safety

6/12/2008
Breast-Feeding Support Lacking at Many Hospitals, Birth Centers

CDC reports 7 southern states scored lowest, while western and New England states did best

6/12/2008
Teens Sleep Longer With Delayed School Starts

Most report less daytime sleepiness when opening bell is pushed back, study concludes

6/11/2008
New Bird Flu Vaccine Shows Promise

Whole-virus version safe, effective and can be made quickly, researchers say

6/11/2008
U.S. Health Officials Closer to Origin of Salmonella Outbreak

Certain states have been ruled out as source of contaminated tomatoes, they add

6/10/2008
Researchers Update Risk-of-Death Charts

Authors hope it will encourage disease/prevention efforts

6/10/2008
Decline in Cigarette Sales Offset by Use of Alternative Products

Low taxes on substitute tobacco items keep addiction affordable, study says

6/10/2008
FDA Expands Tomato Warning Nationwide

Restaurants, markets stop offering some products after 167 people in 17 states sickened by salmonella, CDC reports

6/9/2008
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk

Findings suggest current dietary requirements need to be increased

6/9/2008
Sleepy Driving Prevalent Among Collegians

17% said they had dropped off at wheel, with 2.2% reporting accidents as result

6/6/2008
With Summer Comes Snake Bites

Most common in southern climes, with young men most likely victims, experts say

6/5/2008
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk

Flavonoids in these foods may also counteract damage tobacco does to DNA, study suggests

6/5/2008
Hispanic Workers Dying at Higher Rates Than Others

Language, literacy barriers cited, particularly in construction jobs, CDC reports

6/4/2008
Cell Phone Study Suggests People Are Losing Their Wanderlust

Many spend most of their time going to a few key locations, such as work and home

6/3/2008
Risk Factors for Eating Disorders Vary by Gender

Rejecting media images, resilience to negative comments should be focus of prevention

6/3/2008
Reuse of Antibacterial Wipes Can Spread Bacteria

Welsh study finds cleansers remove germs but do not kill them on surfaces

6/2/2008
Public Lacks Confidence to Help in Cardiac Emergencies

Survey finds less than 25% sure they could perform CPR, use automated defibrillator

6/2/2008
Bunk Beds Pose Dangers to Both Kids and Young Adults

National study finds high injury rate calls for increased prevention efforts

6/2/2008
Kids Living With Relatives Have Fewer Problems Than Those in Foster Homes

Study says kinship care deserves more funding for estimated 2.5 million displaced children

5/30/2008
Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out

Deadline is Dec. 31, but FDA urges asthma patients to switch to eco-friendly versions now

5/29/2008
Anti-Rejection Drug May Boost Diabetes in Kidney Transplant Patients

Those treated with sirolimus faced up to 66% increased risk of disease after operation

5/29/2008
Knee Injuries Main Cause of HS Sports Surgeries

Girls twice as likely to suffer major trauma; more education, fair play urged

5/28/2008
New Compound Slows HIV Replication

It could mean development of new class of drugs, researchers say

5/28/2008
Air Bags-Seat Belts Cut Injuries, Deaths, Costs

Study estimates savings of more than $60 million over 11 years