Safety and Public Health News

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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

9/28/2007
FDA Cracks Down on Unapproved Cough Medicines

Some 200 prescription drugs with hydrocodone could be involved

9/28/2007
Bird Flu Virus Can Infect Fetus

H5N1 also migrates to organs other than lungs, autopsy study shows

9/27/2007
Drug Industry Seeks Tests to Spot Side Effect Risks

7 pharmaceutical giants are pooling resources to develop gene-based screens

9/24/2007
No Link Between Anti-Nausea Drug, Heart Trouble

Current warning for droperidol unwarranted, study suggests

9/21/2007
Restroom Study Finds Hand Washing on the Decline

Men much less like to clean up than women, U.S. researchers note

9/20/2007
Americans Confused About FDA and Drug Safety

Poll finds many mistrust the job the agency is doing

9/17/2007
Cancer Care Might Impair Driving

Head-and-neck cancer patients displayed more weaving, slower brake times

9/12/2007
Jogging in Traffic Cuts Blood Flow to Heart

Men with stable heart disease showed effect after brief exposure to diesel exhaust

9/10/2007
Injuries, Deaths Tied to Consumer Drugs Rise Sharply

'Adverse events' more than doubled between 1998 and 2005

9/6/2007
Teen Suicides Up Sharply for First Time in Years

Fewer antidepressant prescriptions a factor in trend, expert says

9/1/2007
Scientists ID Likely Culprit in 'Popcorn Lung'

Dutch team zeroes in on diacetyl, a key component of butter flavoring in microwave brands

8/31/2007
Seniors Need a Safety Plan in Face of Disasters

Medicines, contacts just part of emergency package necessary for survival, group says

8/31/2007
Nasal Anthrax Vaccine Proves Effective in Animal Study

Though not ready for humans, it offered immunity for at least 6 months

8/28/2007
U.S. Initiative Seeks to Boost Hispanic Stroke Awareness

Community-based education effort to stress recognition of symptoms, emergency procedures

8/27/2007
Giving CPR Kits to Kids Nudges Parents to Learn

Danish study found seventh graders trained an average of 2.5 friends, family members

8/27/2007
Heart Attacks at School Involve More Adults Than Kids

Whether defibrillators should be available an open question, researcher says

8/27/2007
Obesity Rate in U.S. Still Climbing

New findings show no state posted a decline in adult rates last year

8/23/2007
FDA Proposes New Rules for Sunscreens

New labeling would indicate UVA protection, not just UVB

8/23/2007
Bacteria 'See' the Light

Finding might lead to new ways to detect or destroy bacteria, experts say

8/21/2007
Scientists Develop 'Natural' Protection for Stored Foods

Biodegradable polymers infused with herbal extracts could extend product shelf life

8/21/2007
Online 'Epidemic' Gives Clues to Bird Flu Spread

A computer bug infected Web gamers, with ominous results, experts say

8/17/2007
Urban Smog Tough on Young Adults' Hearts

It affected 4 indicators of cardiovascular trouble, study found

8/16/2007
New Strategy Stretches Bird Flu Vaccine

Researchers say more people could be protected in possible pandemic

8/15/2007
Avandia to Carry Stronger Heart Failure Warning

Four other diabetes drugs in same class will also get a 'black box' on label, FDA announces

8/12/2007
U.S. Hispanics Focus of Free Cholesterol Checks

Up to half have not been screened in the last 5 years, group says