Safety and Public Health News

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12/26/2007
Food Pyramid for Older Adults Gets an Update

Added emphasis on physical activity joins USDA guidance on nutrition and healthy weight

12/24/2007
Beware Holiday Toys That Can Injure Young Eyes

Darts, BB and paintball guns are among those that pose a threat, experts warn

12/20/2007
Make Safe Toys Your Holiday Priority

Many toys aren't a good fit, particularly for younger children

12/18/2007
Many States Still Fall Short in Emergency Preparedness: Report

Survey also shows most Americans don't feel safer six years after 9/11

12/14/2007
Traffic Pollution Hurts Asthmatic Kids' Lungs

Children living near crowded roadways face more than 50% risk of breathing trouble, study finds

12/13/2007
Fibers in Semen Help HIV Penetrate Cells

The chances of infection are boosted 50-fold to 100,000-fold, study finds

12/13/2007
High-Dose Chemo Provides Little Benefit to Breast Cancer Patients

Review of studies finds regimen popular in 1980s doesn't really lengthen life

12/12/2007
Statins Can Boost Brain Hemorrhage Risk After Stroke

For most patients, small risk is outweighed by the benefits, experts say

12/11/2007
Older Diabetics Using Avandia Face Increased Death Risk

Canadian study also found those over 65 more likely to have heart trouble with drug

12/11/2007
Newer Sedative Might Help Patients on Ventilators

Preliminary study finds dexmedetomidine caused less delirium

12/11/2007
Chest Compressions Effective in Emergency Cardiac Arrest

Simple bystander-delivered CPR without mouth-to-mouth boosted survival outcomes

12/11/2007
Amount of Exercise Key to Lowering Kids' Blood Pressure

Study finds total levels of activity more important than intensity

12/6/2007
Common Household Chemical Could Raise Breast Cancer Risk

Experiments with rats show early exposure causes genetic changes in breast cells

12/4/2007
Observational Studies Often Overshadow Clinical Research

First findings seem to stick, even when controlled trials later contradict them

12/4/2007
3 Common Drugs Trigger Most ER Visits by Seniors

Warfarin, insulin and digoxin account for a third of drug-related ER trips, study says

12/3/2007
Germ-Fighting Inhaler Could Fend Off Bioterror Agents

Makers say it may protect first responders, or people with weak immune systems

12/1/2007
More Young Americans Are Contracting HIV

On eve of World AIDS Day, U.S. experts wonder what has gone wrong

12/1/2007
FDA Report Says Nation's Health at Risk

The agency can't keep up with increasing demands, new technologies, subcommittee finds

11/27/2007
New Automated System Can ID Disaster Victims in Minutes

It uses software and X-rays to produce fast, accurate results, study says

11/26/2007
Defibrillators Not Dangerous While Driving

Study finds heart patients with the devices aren't prone to accidents

11/23/2007
Fetal Exposure to Arsenic Affects Genes

Contaminated water could boost child's cancer risk, study finds

11/20/2007
Pedometer Pushes People to Walk More

More steps lead to lower blood pressure, more weight loss, study finds

11/20/2007
Hurricanes Katrina, Rita Left Skin Rashes in Their Wake

CDC researchers detail dermatologic conditions of workers rebuilding New Orleans

11/15/2007
Experts Release New Cystic Fibrosis Guidelines

Includes updated info on which drugs work, which don't

11/13/2007
Rules on Patients' Medical Data Hampering Research

In survey, most scientists said current laws are too cumbersome

11/13/2007
FDA Mulls Direct Pharmacist-to-Patient Drug Sales

'Behind-the-counter' dispensing means doctor's prescriptions wouldn't be needed for certain meds

11/12/2007
Key to MRSA Virulence in Community Discovered

Bacteria target immune system cells sent to kill them, study finds

11/9/2007
Vioxx Settlement Puts Painkillers Back in the Spotlight

Cox-2 inhibitors not so bad if used wisely and in the right patients, experts say

11/8/2007
U.S. Smoking Rates Stall

7 years of declines stopped in 2004, CDC report shows

11/7/2007
FDA Seeks Food Recall Authority

New powers, endorsed by Bush, would affect both domestic and imported items, agency says

11/6/2007
Experts Propose Rules to Rate Hospitals' Safety

Concise reporting would ensure validity of patient safety findings, group says

11/5/2007
CPR, Defibrillator Combo Boosts Cardiac Incident Survival

Making more AEDs available in communities could save hundreds of lives, study finds

11/1/2007
Consumers Still Buying Risky Imported Drugs Online: FDA

Many seem to be doing so to avoid need for a prescription, agency says

10/27/2007
Stay Ahead of Head Injuries

Experts offer tips on keeping homes safe

10/24/2007
Female Blood Donor Concern May Be Unfounded

No link between women's plasma, rare lung condition, study finds

10/24/2007
Inhaler Eased Lung Problems in 9/11 Workers

Firefighters who used drug early gained some symptom relief, study found

10/22/2007
Crib Bumper Pads Too Risky for Baby

27 infants died over past 20 years due to suffocation, strangulation

10/21/2007
Eye on Safety Makes Halloween Less Scary

Easy steps can keep vision, other injuries at bay, experts say

10/19/2007
FDA Panel Recommends Ban on Cold Medicines for Kids

Over-the-counter drugs are unsafe for children under 6, advisers say.

10/19/2007
Drug-Resistant Staph Infections Reaching Epidemic Levels in Some Parts of U.S.

CDC official notes southern part of country most affected

10/18/2007
FDA Panel Weighs Ban on Kids' Cold Medicines

Experts disagree on whether the medicines are safe for children under 6.

10/16/2007
Defib Wire Warning Shouldn't Worry Most Users: Experts

Overall risk is low, but patients should consult with their doctors

10/13/2007
Morphine Painkillers Won't Impair Driving

Study found no difference in motorists' reaction times

10/11/2007
Concerns Rise Over U.S. Food Safety

Recalls, food poisonings point to serious shortcomings, some experts say

10/11/2007
Drug Makers Withdraw Cough, Cold Meds for Infants

Move comes as U.S. regulators scrutinize safety of products linked to dozens of deaths

10/10/2007
U.S. Kids Not Getting Needed Health Care

Report finds youngsters worse off than adults; biggest gaps found in preventive care

10/4/2007
Key Viral Change Could Help Bird Flu Spread

An altered protein would let it thrive in upper airway, scientists say

10/3/2007
Congress Starts Hearings on FDA's Control of Tobacco

Some call it a boon for Americans' health, others disagree

10/2/2007
Almost a Third of U.S. Kids Use Supplements

Most are taking pills like multivitamins, national study finds

9/29/2007
FDA Experts Urge Ban on Cold Medicines for Young Children

Safety review finds 123 deaths linked to the products since 1969