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FDA Issues New Dietary Supplement Safety Rules

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

Digging Holes in the Sand Can Be Deadly

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

Anti-Malaria Drugs Help Africa's Women, Babies

Giving these meds in pregnancy improves birth outcomes, study finds

Veterinarians Could Be First to Get Bird Flu

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

A Safe Summer Means More Fun for Kids

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

Overworked Medical Interns a Danger to Patients

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

Meth Use Among U.S. Youth Higher Than Expected

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

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

Antiques Can Pose a Mercury Danger Today

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

FDA Shouldn't Approve Diet Drug, Panel Says

Concern about suicidal thoughts cited by agency advisers

Many Cops Have Troubled Sleep

Problem impairs judgment, increases risk for accidents, experts say

Lack of Sleep Hinders Airport Security Checks

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

Add Meningitis Shot to Summer Camp To-Do List

The potentially lethal disease can strike youngsters, experts warn

Health Tip: Thunderstorm Safety

Follow these suggestions, even when home

Blood Clot Screening Program Is Expanded

Group updates free exams targeting early identification of disabling blockages

Cut Down on Lawn Mower Injuries This Summer

Watch out for flying rocks, steep slopes, experts warn

E-Medical Records No Shortcut to Good Diabetes Care

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

Most Guns in Homes With Young Kids Not Stored Safely

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

Life in Segregated Neighborhood May Improve Mexican-Americans' Health

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

Asthma Risk Higher For Infants Who Swim Indoors

Poor ventilation, overchlorination can damage developing lungs, study says

Disparities Persist in Cancer Care

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

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.

FDA Bans Toothpaste From China

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

VA Hospitals Do Well in Preventing Catheter Infections

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

TB Patient Apologizes, But Defends Actions

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

TV Ads on Stroke's Warning Signs Can Improve Care

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

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

Health Toll of 9/11 Still Unclear

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

FDA Recalls Animal Feed Tainted With Melamine From U.S. Supplier

Health risk to the consumer remains extremely low, officials say

Experts Disagree on Whether TB Patient Needed to Be Isolated

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

Hospital Study Shows Steep Rise in Antibiotic-Resistant Staph

Chicago experience highlights the emerging danger, experts say

Eye-Protecting Sunglasses Are Cool Again This Summer

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

Driving With Passengers Boosts Accident Risk

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

Type 2 Diabetes Takes Toll on Teens

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

Number of Smoke-Free Households on the Increase

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

New Drugs, Better Care Can Beat Malaria

Studies show what can be done to fight a global killer

Diabetes Drug Avandia Boosts Heart Attack, Death Risk: Study

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

Ladder-Related Accidents Climb in U.S.: Study

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

Katrina Victims 10 Times More Prone to Post-Traumatic Stress

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

Gardasil Guards Against Vaginal, Vulval Cancers

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

Fish Fed Tainted Food Test Negative for Melamine

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

Many Americans Confused About Cancer: Survey

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

Air Bags Dangerous for Tall, Small People: Study

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

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

U.S. Mammography Rates Dropping

Government study found 4% decline between 2000 and 2005

Pool Safety Tips Keep Everyone's Head Above Water

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

FDA Panel Urges Stronger Warnings for Anemia Drugs

Prescribing medications in higher doses poses dangers, research has suggested

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

Proposal to Give FDA More Muscle Gets Mixed Reviews

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

Farmed Fish Ate Melamine: FDA

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