Safety and Public Health News

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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

6/22/2007
FDA Issues New Dietary Supplement Safety Rules

They're meant to keep products contaminant-free, but critics say more oversight is needed

6/20/2007
Digging Holes in the Sand Can Be Deadly

31 people, mostly kids, have suffocated over the past 10 years, experts say

6/19/2007
Anti-Malaria Drugs Help Africa's Women, Babies

Giving these meds in pregnancy improves birth outcomes, study finds

6/18/2007
Veterinarians Could Be First to Get Bird Flu

They should be high on the list for any effective vaccine, experts say

6/16/2007
A Safe Summer Means More Fun for Kids

Experts offer parents common-sense tips to protect children from injury

6/15/2007
Overworked Medical Interns a Danger to Patients

Study finds mistakes rise as shifts pass the 24-hour mark

6/15/2007
Meth Use Among U.S. Youth Higher Than Expected

Almost 3% of college-age Americans have tried the drug, new study finds

6/15/2007
Bengay Death Highlights OTC Dangers

Just because it's nonprescription doesn't mean it's harmless, experts caution in wake of teen track star's overdose from sports cream

6/14/2007
Antiques Can Pose a Mercury Danger Today

Old clocks, lamps, barometers may contain large amounts of the toxin, experts warn

6/14/2007
FDA Shouldn't Approve Diet Drug, Panel Says

Concern about suicidal thoughts cited by agency advisers

6/13/2007
Many Cops Have Troubled Sleep

Problem impairs judgment, increases risk for accidents, experts say

6/11/2007
Lack of Sleep Hinders Airport Security Checks

Baggage screeners may be less diligent, alert if overtired, study suggests

6/11/2007
Add Meningitis Shot to Summer Camp To-Do List

The potentially lethal disease can strike youngsters, experts warn

6/11/2007
Health Tip: Thunderstorm Safety

Follow these suggestions, even when home

6/9/2007
Blood Clot Screening Program Is Expanded

Group updates free exams targeting early identification of disabling blockages

6/8/2007
Cut Down on Lawn Mower Injuries This Summer

Watch out for flying rocks, steep slopes, experts warn

6/7/2007
E-Medical Records No Shortcut to Good Diabetes Care

Doctors need to use these systems as part of overall improvement plan, study shows

6/5/2007
Most Guns in Homes With Young Kids Not Stored Safely

70% of parents surveyed say they don't take adequate precautions, researchers report

6/4/2007
Life in Segregated Neighborhood May Improve Mexican-Americans' Health

That finding runs counter to studies of other ethnic minorities, reseachers say

6/4/2007
Asthma Risk Higher For Infants Who Swim Indoors

Poor ventilation, overchlorination can damage developing lungs, study says

6/4/2007
Disparities Persist in Cancer Care

Studies show racial, socioeconomic gaps continue with breast, childhood cancers

6/3/2007
U.S. to Probe Role of CDC Expert in TB Saga

CDC investigating actions of one of its own microbiologists, whose son-in-law traveled with dangerous TB.

6/1/2007
FDA Bans Toothpaste From China

Agency warns consumers that the products contain a dangerous chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent

6/1/2007
VA Hospitals Do Well in Preventing Catheter Infections

Other centers may need to adhere more closely to guidelines, experts say