Safety and Public Health News

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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

6/1/2007
TB Patient Apologizes, But Defends Actions

Atlanta lawyer insists he was told he wasn't a health threat; search continues for fellow airline travelers

5/31/2007
TV Ads on Stroke's Warning Signs Can Improve Care

Better education gets people to the hospital more quickly, study finds

5/31/2007
TB Patient Enters Denver Hospital for Treatment

He is a 31-year-old Atlanta lawyer whose father-in-law is a U.S. government TB expert; search continues for fellow airline passengers

5/30/2007
Health Toll of 9/11 Still Unclear

Toxic plume has officially claimed one, but many more may be at risk, experts say

5/30/2007
FDA Recalls Animal Feed Tainted With Melamine From U.S. Supplier

Health risk to the consumer remains extremely low, officials say

5/30/2007
Experts Disagree on Whether TB Patient Needed to Be Isolated

U.S. health officials still seeking airline passengers who could have been infected

5/29/2007
Hospital Study Shows Steep Rise in Antibiotic-Resistant Staph

Chicago experience highlights the emerging danger, experts say

5/28/2007
Eye-Protecting Sunglasses Are Cool Again This Summer

Many Americans don't realize the dangers posed by UV rays

5/25/2007
Driving With Passengers Boosts Accident Risk

Likelihood of a crash doubles with 2 or more riders, Australian study says

5/25/2007
Type 2 Diabetes Takes Toll on Teens

Doctors need to use more aggressive measures to treat, prevent disease, experts say

5/24/2007
Number of Smoke-Free Households on the Increase

CDC report found the proportion went from 43% in 1993 to 72% in 2003

5/22/2007
New Drugs, Better Care Can Beat Malaria

Studies show what can be done to fight a global killer

5/21/2007
Diabetes Drug Avandia Boosts Heart Attack, Death Risk: Study

FDA expresses caution; manufacturer defends the safety of oral medication for type 2 disease

5/19/2007
Ladder-Related Accidents Climb in U.S.: Study

Fractures most common injury, sending more than 136,000 people a year to ERs

5/18/2007
Katrina Victims 10 Times More Prone to Post-Traumatic Stress

Many require long-term mental health follow-up, researchers say

5/18/2007
Gardasil Guards Against Vaginal, Vulval Cancers

Researchers found cervical cancer vaccine reduced risk of lesions by 49%

5/17/2007
Fish Fed Tainted Food Test Negative for Melamine

FDA continues to detain vegetable protein shipments from China, officials say

5/17/2007
Many Americans Confused About Cancer: Survey

1 in 4 think there's not much you can do to prevent it

5/17/2007
Air Bags Dangerous for Tall, Small People: Study

A second study finds that women are engaging in increasingly risky driving

5/15/2007
Hogs That Ate Melamine-Tainted Feed Released to U.S. Market

Animals' meat no threat to humans, FDA says; some chickens, fish still in quarantine

5/14/2007
U.S. Mammography Rates Dropping

Government study found 4% decline between 2000 and 2005

5/13/2007
Pool Safety Tips Keep Everyone's Head Above Water

Common-sense measures reduce kids' drowning risk, groups say

5/10/2007
FDA Panel Urges Stronger Warnings for Anemia Drugs

Prescribing medications in higher doses poses dangers, research has suggested

5/10/2007
Melamine-Tainted Fish Feed Recalled in U.S. and Canada

Many U.S. farms used the product, but it's unclear if contaminated fish was sold, FDA says

5/10/2007
Proposal to Give FDA More Muscle Gets Mixed Reviews

Senate bill seeks to improve agency's ability to protect public from dangerous drugs

5/8/2007
Farmed Fish Ate Melamine: FDA

It's not clear how much, if any, contaminated stock made it to stores