Safety and Public Health News

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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
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

5/8/2008
TV Coverage of Tragedies Often Lacks Prevention Messages

When police, fire officials interviewed, viewers twice as likely to hear advice

5/7/2008
Electronic Pillbox Helps Seniors Stick to Drug Regimens

Study found fewer doses were missed, more doses taken on time

5/7/2008
Quarter of Disabled Seniors Use Risky Medications

Drugs regarded as ineffective or posing high risk of side effects, analysis finds

5/7/2008
Cleaner Air May Threaten Amazon Rainforest

Reducing sulphur dioxide emissions linked to increasing risk of drought, scientists say

5/3/2008
Middle Class Uninsured Kids' Health Risk Almost as High as Poor Children's

More than 40% of middle class children with no health insurance don't see a doctor all year

5/1/2008
Measles Outbreak Rises to 64 Cases, Most Since 2001

CDC says failure to be vaccinated is behind the worrisome trend

5/1/2008
3 Women Suffer Kidney Failure After Derriere Injections

The procedures were done at an unlicensed clinic in North Carolina, CDC says

5/1/2008
Free Asthma Screenings Offered in May

National program aims to educate patients on best ways to get condition under control

4/30/2008
Report Slams U.S. Food Safety System

Overhaul of outdated inspection practices desperately needed, critics say

4/29/2008
Cervical Cancer Screens Effective But More Can Be Done

Women who don't have timely tests 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with advanced disease

4/29/2008
Many Americans Share Prescription Meds

Roughly a quarter of those asked had borrowed, given away allergy pills, antibiotics and painkillers

4/29/2008
International Consortium Will Hunt Down Genetics of Cancer

Genomic data will be made available for free to researchers around the world

4/29/2008
Measurements Poor for Assessing Clinical Trials With Children

Few studies since 1950 had agreement on standard outcomes, review finds

4/28/2008
New Worries Over Blockbuster Meds Avandia, Fosamax

Diabetes drug Avandia linked to fractures, while bone drug Fosamax is tied to irregular heartbeat

4/28/2008
Experimental Blood Substitutes Unsafe, Study Finds

FDA delay in acting on heart hazards might have put some in jeopardy, researchers say

4/25/2008
U.S. Air Pollution Standards Don't Protect Asthmatic Kids

Children suffer even when pollutants fall below acceptable levels, study finds

4/25/2008
Clinical Symptoms Enough to Switch Drug Regimens for HIV Patients

Study showed little difference in survival when compared to expensive lab tests

4/24/2008
Local Health Officials Recognize Threat of Global Warming

But survey finds many aren't prepared to tackle the problem in coming decades

4/23/2008
Annual Trachoma Treatments May Be Unnecessary

One or 2 rounds of antibiotics sufficient to treat eye disease, study finds

4/23/2008
Researchers Identify Contaminant in Tainted Heparin

More testing needed to prove that oversulfated chondroitin sulfate caused deaths, reactions

4/22/2008
Number of U.S. General Surgeons in Decline

AMA data shows gains for women, but rural areas suffer as students choose specialty fields

4/22/2008
FDA: Contaminated Heparin Found in 11 Countries

And 'biological mechanism' that leads to adverse reactions identified, officials add

4/21/2008
Mammograms Still a Good Idea for Elderly Women

Study finds it reduces risk of being diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer

4/21/2008
Off-Hours Heart Patients Less Likely to Get Angioplasty

But study also finds survival rates similar, no matter when admission occurred

4/21/2008
Review Urges Aggressive MRSA Screening for Health Workers

Even good adherence to infection control did not entirely prevent transmission, study finds

4/18/2008
Dealing Cervical Cancer a Knockout Blow

Doctors step up efforts to vaccinate young women against virus that causes the disease