Safety and Public Health News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

8/11/2007
Extreme Heat Hits Elderly Harder

Age-linked body changes mean they're much more vulnerable, experts say

8/10/2007
Last Flu Season Was Mild, But Child Deaths Worrying

Dangerous co-infection with drug-resistant staph is on the rise, CDC says

8/9/2007
Plastics Chemical of 'Some Concern' for Fetal, Child Health

Government panel notes that bisphenol A is ubiquitous in bottles, CDs, packaging

8/7/2007
Limits on Social Contact Helped Fight Flu Pandemic

Quarantines, school closings could be valuable in a future threat, study of 1918 influenza epidemic finds.

8/7/2007
Beer the Booze of Choice for Binge Drinkers

This type of consumption often leads to injury, death, CDC experts warn

8/6/2007
Language Barriers Plague Almost Half of U.S. Drug Stores

Too many pharmacies can't safely help non-English-speaking clients, study finds

8/5/2007
Eye Health Group Backs Kids' Sight-Saving Bills

2 of 3 U.S. children fail to get checkups by age 6, Prevent Blindness America says

8/3/2007
Scientists Probe How HIV Infection Turns Into AIDS

They've devised a new model that could point to better drug targets

7/30/2007
Drinking Teens Eschewing Beer for Hard Liquor

Four-state CDC study tracks teens' alcohol preferences

7/28/2007
CDC Offers Travelers' Health Guide

Latest Yellow Book features section on avoiding blood clots on planes

7/27/2007
Agent Orange May Boost Vietnam Vets' Hypertension Risk

Federal report also revisits risks for a number of cancers

7/27/2007
Nurses, Printers at Increased Asthma Risk

1 in 4 new cases linked to on-the-job exposures, research suggests

7/27/2007
Two Diabetes Drugs Double Heart Failure Risk: Study

Avandia, Actos-linked danger occurs even at low doses and among younger patients

7/25/2007
Tough State DWI Laws Save Lives

Revoking drunk driver's licenses prevents 800 deaths per year, U.S. study finds

7/24/2007
Hip Protectors Won't Prevent Fractures in Elderly

Nursing home residents not helped by cushioning devices, study finds

7/19/2007
Senior Drivers Aren't Unsafe Drivers

Their accident rate is only slightly higher than middle-aged adults, report finds

7/19/2007
Botulism Linked to Canned Hot Dog Chili Sauce

U.S. health officials warn consumers to throw away products

7/18/2007
Bush Creates Panel to Oversee Imported Foods

Move follows growing worries about safety of nation's food supply

7/13/2007
Congress Moves Closer to Drug-Safety Bill

House plan earmarks $400 million in FDA fees to track medicines already on market

7/11/2007
iPod Helped Lightning Jolt Jogger

Ear buds conducted bolt into his head, doctors say

7/11/2007
Folic Acid Fortification a Success in Canada

Decrease in neural tube birth defects even more than seen in the U.S., study finds

7/7/2007
Heat-Related Illnesses Take the Fun Out of Sun

Using sunscreen, drinking water, covering up are just what the doctor orders

7/6/2007
Older Folks Often Ignore Summer Heat Warnings

Pride, cost concerns may play a role, study finds

7/6/2007
Medical Tourism Takes Flight

Lower costs are luring Americans abroad but risks exist, experts warn

7/5/2007
Pet Turtles Pose Salmonella Danger to Kids

They're banned from sale by law but still appear at flea markets, pet shops, experts say

7/4/2007
Don't Get Burned by Heat Stroke

Potentially deadly illness can usually be prevented, experts advise

7/4/2007
Protect Your Pets From Fireworks

Loud noises, bright objects traumatize animals, so take safety measures

7/3/2007
TB Patient Has Less Dangerous Strain: CDC

But MDR-TB is still potentially lethal, and agency's actions were justified, official says

7/2/2007
Scientists Spot Antibodies That Could Fight SARS

They offer means of attack against the virus should it re-emerge

7/2/2007
Health Tip: Picnic Precautions

Handle food properly to prevent illness

7/2/2007
ATVs Not the Only Off-Road Danger to Kids

Go-carts, scooters, other vehicles are leading cause of harm, study shows

6/29/2007
TV Program Tripled Calls to Smoking Quitline

Huge response after series following newsman Peter Jennings' death from lung cancer, study finds

6/28/2007
FDA Halts Imports of Farmed Fish From China

Products will be detained until proven free of contaminants, U.S. officials say

6/28/2007
Smokers Toxic to Bar, Restaurant Workers

Urine tests show how quickly carcinogen levels can rise

6/26/2007
1.2 Million U.S. Patients Get Resistant Staph Each Year

Basic infection control can help stop the deadly bug, experts say

6/22/2007
Genes Raise Post-Vaccination Fever Risk

Findings apply to the smallpox shot, and perhaps other vaccines, too

6/22/2007
Study Compares Teen Driver Safety

Young passengers safer if the teen is an older sibling, research shows