Safety and Public Health News

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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

5/28/2008
Lead Exposure in Childhood Linked to Criminal Behavior Later

30-year study finds higher blood lead levels raised risk of arrest in adulthood

5/28/2008
Scientists Break Into HIV 'Hideout'

Vault for antibodies provides shelter for virus out of reach of drugs

5/27/2008
Paclitaxel Plus Chemo Improves Outcomes in Early Breast Cancer

Study finds a trend toward better overall survival

5/27/2008
Cancer Patients Should Steer Clear of Antioxidants

Research review suggests they may help cancer cells resist chemo, radiation

5/25/2008
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun

Kids, teens more susceptible to sun-related vision damage without proper protection

5/24/2008
Drowsy Drivers Make Holiday Weekend Among the Most Dangerous

More than a third admit nodding off, so fill up with a good night's sleep, experts warn

5/23/2008
Asthma Associated With Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts

Anxiety over disability, discomfort may be driving factor, study suggests

5/23/2008
Lifestyle Changes Can Keep Diabetes at Bay for 14 Years

Among people at high risk, healthy eating and exercise can delay disease, researchers say

5/21/2008
Smokers Quit in Droves, Not Isolation

Healthy behavior has cascade effect, but trend marginalizes those who keep smoking

5/21/2008
Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Dry Dog Food

70 people, many of them young children, were sickened after handling the food, CDC says

5/20/2008
Educational Drive Cut Death Rate From Sepsis

Spanish hospital effort led to better guideline adherence, earlier use of antibiotics for blood infection

5/20/2008
Repeat Colonoscopies Underused in High-Risk Patients

Other research found traditional colonoscopy still better than virtual version

5/19/2008
Silver-Coated Endotracheal Tubes Cut Down on Infections

Saves money and time spent in intensive care units, researcher says

5/17/2008
FDA Panel Considers Toll-Free Number for TV Drug Ads

Consumers could report side effects, but critics want agency to act, not wait years

5/15/2008
Weight-Loss Aids Bought on Internet Might Harm Your Heart

Pills, supplements have potentially dangerous ingredients, lack warning labels, study finds

5/14/2008
Waterpipe Smoking in Colleges Could Become Public Health Problem

They contain same toxins as cigarettes, but users think they're safer, study finds

5/14/2008
Danger From Heart Surgery Drug Confirmed

FDA says manufacturer of Trasylol now removing remaining stock of drug from U.S. market, following new data on increased death risk.

5/14/2008
Health Tip: Harmful Chemicals in Your Home

Safety guidelines for household products

5/14/2008
Health Tip: Facts About Fleas

How to recognize and get rid of the pests

5/14/2008
Death Gap Widens Between Educated and Those Not

Socioeconomic inequalities blamed for increasing disparity overall, study finds

5/10/2008
Protective Eyewear Key to Sports Safety

Kids and pros need to play smart to avoid devastating vision injuries, group says

5/9/2008
Young Adults Using Alcohol, Drugs for Better Sex

Recreational use of stimulants a fixture of European nightlife, study says

5/9/2008
Group B Strep Down Among Newborns, Up Among Adults

Study calls vaccination trials for mothers, new treatments for elderly a priority

5/8/2008
Outside Workers Least Likely to Get Skin Exams

But rest of workforce lax as well in getting checked for cancers caused by sun exposure