Safety and Public Health News

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4/18/2008
Chronic Exposure to Solvents Disturbs Brain's Wiring

Changes in dopamine receptor density affects memory and psychomotor speed, study says

4/16/2008
Splints as Good as Plaster Casts for Minor Fractures

But one expert says there's a hitch: Kids can take them off

4/15/2008
Prolonged Fasting Boosts Risk of Rare Stroke

Avoiding food during religious holidays such as Ramadan increased risk almost 3-fold

4/12/2008
Spring and Pollen Are in the Air

Expert says common sense and planning can stop allergy attacks in their tracks

4/11/2008
Clinical Trial Volunteers Uneasy About Some Financial Ties

They were least surprised when researchers got paid but more upset when they owned stock

4/11/2008
Few Countries on Track to Curb Maternal, Child Mortality Rates

Global initiative stymied by shortage of money, human resources, analysis concludes

4/10/2008
User Registry May Help Docs Stem Painkiller Abuse

Stricter policies could protect patients and physicians from consequences of misuse

4/10/2008
Irradiation Almost Erases Risk of Food Poisoning

Salmonella, E. coli bacteria dramatically reduced with this method, researchers find

4/10/2008
Foodborne Illnesses Remain Constant in U.S.

More needs to be done to extend safety practices, CDC reports

4/10/2008
Birth Size, Early Weight Gain Tied to Boost in Heart Risks

Finnish study says early start to healthy lifestyles can pay big dividends later

4/10/2008
Researchers Pursuing Nasal Anthrax Vaccine

Mice given combination version of immunization survived exposure, study reports

4/9/2008
Mumps Outbreak in Midwest Could Have Been Worse

Study says high vaccination rates kept 2006 episode under control

4/8/2008
Probable Case of Human-to-Human Bird Flu Transmission Reported

But health experts say the report from China is no cause for alarm

4/7/2008
Faster Test Detects Fake Tamiflu Drugs

With counterfeiters looking to cash in on fears, Georgia team develops a 1-minute screen

4/7/2008
Tight Backpack Straps Cut Blood to Shoulders, Arms

Carrying 26 pounds for just 10 minutes can lead to fatigue, loss of motor skills

4/6/2008
Mud Harnessed to Fight Infections

Researchers searched world, found 3 clays that beat back toughest germs

4/6/2008
Travel Tips for Seniors

Medicines and a good checklist ensure safe flights on holiday, expert says

4/4/2008
Radon: The Silent Home Invader That Can Kill

But simple tests and corrective actions can banish the carcinogenic gas

4/4/2008
Patient Navigators Boost Colon Screens in Urban Minorities

Personal interventions cut no-show rates 30%, study finds

4/3/2008
Male Partner Violence Hurts Women's Health Worldwide

WHO study finds aftereffects reverberate long after the incidents

4/3/2008
Genetic Disorder May Hold Key to Heat Stroke Cure

Some antioxidants may protect people like athletes, soldiers from fatal temperature rise

4/3/2008
Better-Educated Smokers More Likely to Quit After Seeing Ads

Study finds 65% with college degree made attempt, but economic status also plays role

4/2/2008
Amateur Singers, Teachers Seldom Hear Sounds of Trouble

Study finds pros more likely to take measures improving vocal health

4/2/2008
Off-Label Drug Use Needs Strong Oversight

Stanford researcher chides FDA for proposing less governance of the practice

4/2/2008
HIV Drugs Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attack

FDA reviewing safety profile of abacavir, didanosine

4/1/2008
Restrictive Prescription Drug Policies Hurt Schizophrenics

Harvard study found program made patients 29% more likely to stop, disrupt their meds

4/1/2008
Avandia May Slow Atherosclerosis After Bypass Surgery

But this new study of diabetes drug doesn't prove it's safe, critics say

4/1/2008
U.N. Seeks to Curb World's Traffic Deaths

Someone is killed or badly injured every six seconds, experts say

3/31/2008
New Rule Seeks to Protect Kids From Lead Paint

It establishes procedures to reduce lead dust during renovations

3/28/2008
Family Study Associates Pesticide Use With Parkinson's Risk

Study found strongest ties to herbicides and insecticides

3/27/2008
Sharp Rise in U.S. Hepatitis C-Related Deaths

Middle-aged hardest hit; better testing likely contributed to increase

3/27/2008
Popular Colonoscopy Prep Solution May Pose Kidney Risks

Dangers of phosphate solution extend to those without renal disease, study says

3/27/2008
Biologists Discover How Dengue Virus Matures

Finding may aid efforts to treat other infections

3/27/2008
FDA Probing Possible Link Between Asthma Drug and Suicide Risk

Singulair, top-selling drug for teens, under review by U.S. agency and manufacturer Merck

3/26/2008
Drugs Approved Under Deadline More Likely to Run Into Trouble Later

Mandated approval times lead to fixes after medications have reached millions, study says

3/25/2008
Some Cancer Trials Overstate Findings, Analysis Claims

Group-randomized research sometimes uses inappropriate statistical analysis of a prevention effort

3/25/2008
Neighborhood Influences Exercise Levels

Even more than income, where people live determines who goes out to play, study finds

3/21/2008
More Seniors Falling Victim to Escalator Injuries

A doubling of accidents in 15-year span may reflect increasingly mobile lifestyles, experts say

3/20/2008
Cleaning Up the World's Sanitation

UN initiative seeks to halve by 2015 the number of people without toilet access

3/19/2008
FDA Identifies Contaminant in Blood-Thinning Drug

Chemically altered form of natural compound found in heparin samples

3/17/2008
Food-borne Illnesses From Leafy Greens on Rise in U.S.

Increase not explained by higher consumption; more control urged from harvest to preparation

3/14/2008
Blood-Thinner Contaminant Traced to Chinese Plant

As a result, FDA to require testing of all imported heparin

3/13/2008
FDA Panel Supports Anemia Drugs for Cancer Patients

But adds strong caveats on their use for some undergoing chemo

3/13/2008
U.S. Health Officials Back Off Preference for New MMRV Vaccine

CDC reports more seizures seen in toddlers given combined shot; experts stress real risk is still low

3/12/2008
U.S. Syphilis Rate Grows for 7th Year in Row

Increase largely driven by new cases among gay, bisexual men, CDC reports

3/12/2008
Preschool Intervention Curbed Trend Toward Obesity

Kids in program ate less junk food, more fruits and vegetables

3/11/2008
Universal Screening for MRSA in Hospitals Made Little Difference

Swiss study found standard infection control was just as effective

3/11/2008
Outcomes Improve for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients

Survival rates have increased, likely because of advancements in therapy

3/10/2008
Continuous Doctor Care Key to Childhood Screenings

Infants at lower risk for environmental, biological diseases if same physician is used

3/10/2008
New Guidelines Urged for Young Athletes' Neck Injuries

Helmets, pads should be left on, then removed as a unit once patient is stabilized