Safety and Public Health News

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2/21/2008
Taking Multiple Pain Relievers May Cause Complications

Dual use of prescription, over-the-counter drugs raises risk of adverse side effects

2/20/2008
Cognitive Impairment Declining in Older Adults

Education, wealth play big part in downward trend, study suggests

2/19/2008
Biannual Antibiotics May Cut Major Cause of Blindness in Africa

Ocular strain of chlamydia responds well to expanded treatment, report says

2/19/2008
Heart Attacks in Hospital More Deadly at Night, on Weekends

Study suggests staffing, systemic issues behind difference in mortality rates

2/19/2008
2 Mutations Were Critical to Spread of 1918 Flu

The findings could aid investigation of current bird flu, experts say

2/18/2008
Mix-Up Behind FDA's Failure to Inspect China Blood-Thinner Plant

Agency error means facility linked to fatal lots of injected heparin was ignored, officials say

2/18/2008
Portable Computer Devices Can Aid Exercise Programs

PDAs beeped reminders to participants, and they worked out longer, study shows

2/18/2008
One Drink May Help Heart, But Two Is Too Many

Extra glass negates immediate benefits to circulation, Canadian study says

2/17/2008
Don't Lose Sight of Vision Care, Group Urges

February is 'Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month'

2/15/2008
Ignition Locks Prevent Repeat DWI Offenses

First-timers with devices 60% less likely to do it again, study finds

2/15/2008
HEPA Filters May Improve Cardiovascular Health

Danish researchers find reducing air particulates for just 2 days helped small blood vessels

2/15/2008
Obesity Raises Cancer Risk

British study details differences between genders, ethnic groups

2/14/2008
Older Smokers More Likely to Deny Habit

Findings challenge validity of self-reported tobacco use in research, care

2/14/2008
U.S. Seeks to Limit Animal Testing of Toxic Chemicals

Future screening would rely on lab cells, robots, computer models

2/14/2008
'Choking Game' Turned Deadly for 82 Youths

CDC report found surge in fatalities from strangulation game in 2005-2006

2/14/2008
Acute Coronary Events Drop After Italy's Public Smoking Ban

Analysis shows young people in low socioeconomic areas had greatest reduction

2/13/2008
Fixing Poor Vision Boosts Preschoolers' Test Scores

Early intervention with glasses brought them up to snuff with peers, study finds

2/13/2008
Airplane Noise Boosts Blood Pressure Even During Sleep

More must be done to help people living near major flight hubs, researchers say

2/10/2008
Baseline Exam Is Key to Eye Health

Group urges greater screening for early signs of disease during 'Save Your Vision' month

2/9/2008
Campaign Targets Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Kids

Children, parents urged to turn down the volume on personal music players

2/8/2008
FDA Warns of Children's Deaths Linked to Botox

Anti-wrinkle drug and competitor Myobloc under agency safety review

2/8/2008
Staying Dry at Beach May Spare Your Stomach

Longer exposure to water, wet sand boosts gastrointestinal illness risk, study says

2/8/2008
Depression in Young Doctors Tied to Medication Errors

Findings show trainees 6 times more likely to make mistakes

2/7/2008
Report Shows Dangerous Chemical Can Leach From Baby Bottles

Environmentalists want bisphenol A banned from products for infants

2/4/2008
New Guideline Urges Screening for Fall Risk

Those with poor balance, dementia, vision loss most in peril, group says

2/4/2008
Parental Drinking Boosts Teen Alcohol Risks

Abuse hinders parenting ability, leading to risky environment, study says

2/4/2008
Many Babies Exposed to Chemicals

Evidence of phthalates found in urine after using shampoo, lotion and powder, study shows

2/3/2008
Toll-Free Hotline to Help Seniors Avoid Falls

National outreach to stress importance of physical activities to improve balance

2/2/2008
U.S. Unlikely to Meet Target for TB Elimination

Survey says latent infections among immigrants, minorities, poor thwart reaching 2010 benchmark

2/1/2008
Ear Wax Softener Can Affect Hearing, Study Reports

In animal study, Cerumenex also caused damage to eardrum and inner ear

2/1/2008
IPods Don't Interfere With Heart Pacemakers

Government study checked 4 models and found no problems

2/1/2008
Unintended Errors Leave Many Newborns Vulnerable

Study finds they're all too frequent, but preventable, and urges better pediatric controls

1/31/2008
Sugary Soft Drinks Boost Gout Risk in Men

Just 2 or more beverages a day increased chances by 85%, study finds

1/30/2008
Heating Plastic Bottles Releases Potentially Harmful Chemical

Study found exposure to boiling water released environmental estrogen 55 times faster

1/29/2008
Secondhand Smoke Worsens Lung Function in Cystic Fibrosis Patients

No safe level for sufferers, especially those with genetic variant, study says

1/28/2008
Sedentary Lifestyle Accelerates Aging

Active people biologically younger than couch potato set, British study suggests

1/28/2008
Cold Meds Send 7,000 U.S. Kids to ER Each Year

Most cases due to accidental ingestion, study finds

1/27/2008
Radon Gas More Deadly Than Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

EPA campaign in January heightens awareness, tries to reduce risk

1/25/2008
Geriatrician Care Guards Against Risk of Inappropriate Meds

National study found it lowered chances of being prescribed wrong drug or dosage

1/24/2008
Key Anthrax Virulence Factor Discovered

Bacterial nitric oxide protects pathogen from immune system attacks

1/24/2008
Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Small Trial

First test in country where disease is endemic produced strong results

1/22/2008
Liver Cancer Drug Raises Blood Pressure

Patients taking Nexavar need to be monitored closely, study says

1/21/2008
One Strain Behind Epidemic of Staph Infections

Government study found most MRSA infections in community linked to single evolving bacterium

1/20/2008
Illness Presents Diabetics With Special Challenges

Managing medications when sick can keep complications at arm's length, group advises

1/19/2008
Smallest Air Pollution Particles Hurt Heart Most

Cause plaque build-up in arteries, negate effects of "good" cholesterol

1/19/2008
FDA Warns Clot Risk Higher in Birth Control Patch Than Pill

Agency is updating Ortho Evra's labeling to reflect results of new study

1/18/2008
Heart Association Renews Call for CPR Training

If more people knew the technique, more lives could be saved

1/17/2008
Report Urges More Research Into Cell Phones

Experts cite a lack of knowledge of health risks posed by long-term use

1/17/2008
Cold Meds Not Safe for Kids Under 2, FDA Warns

Decision on kids aged 2-12 expected this spring, officials add

1/17/2008
Malnutrition Responsible for a Third of Child Deaths Worldwide

Report also found it accounted for 11% of international disease burden