Safety and Public Health News

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4/13/2007
Free Asthma Screenings to be Offered Across the U.S.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and tests will be run at 300 locations

4/13/2007
Teens' 'Competence Skills' Key to Avoiding Drug Abuse: Study

Strong self-image, ability to say 'no' deciding factors in resisting peer pressure

4/13/2007
Scientists Frustrated in Search for Genital Herpes Vaccine

Better funding could help defeat the virus, which infects 1 in 5 Americans

4/12/2007
E. Coli Cases on the Rise

CDC report shows cases of other foodborne illnesses holding steady or decreasing

4/12/2007
Majority of State Medicaid Programs Plan 'Pay-for-Performance' Standards

Nationwide survey finds focus is on improving quality of U.S. care

4/12/2007
More Cat Food Recalled; U.S. Warns Retailers to Pull Products

Manufacturer adds Canadian canned food from new plant to its list; FDA says some contaminated foods may still be on store shelves

4/11/2007
Monitoring Blood Pressure Is Everyone's Business

May 17 marks World Hypertension Day, and the focus is on prevention, lifestyle changes

4/10/2007
Suicides Likelier in Homes With Guns: Study

It's one of top three causes of death among people under 45

4/10/2007
Severely Obese Are Fastest Growing Segment of Overweight Americans

Study finds this group grew by 50% from 2000 to 2005

4/5/2007
More Pet Food Recalled

20 additional dog and cat products, plus pet treats, join foods with contaminated wheat gluten

4/4/2007
April 5 Is U.S. Alcohol Screening Day

Group offers anonymous testing to determine dependency, paths to recovery

4/4/2007
Guidelines Target Prevention of Sudden Heart Death in Young Athletes

Task force focuses on quick action in first critical minutes

4/2/2007
Pneumococcal Vaccine Helps Prevent Kids' Ear Infections

Study finds rates of repeated ear infections

3/30/2007
Emotions Play Major Role in Teen Condom Use

Managing stress associated with birth control key to promoting safe sex, study finds

3/29/2007
First-Time DWI Offenders Often Have Multiple Problems

Besides alcohol use, they often abuse drugs, have psychiatric ills, study finds

3/29/2007
Cervical Cancer Vaccine Continues to Spark Debate

Most agree that Gardasil is effective, but should its use be compulsory?

3/26/2007
Dipstick Test Detects Spoiled Food

American research team develops a format that spots bacterial breakdown of food

3/25/2007
Heart Test Shows Who Needs Implantable Defibrillators

It also spots those patients who don't need the cardiac rhythm devices, study says

3/24/2007
Rat Poison Found in Recalled Pet Food

N.Y. testing reveals toxin in samples from massive, nationwide recall; manufacturer doesn't know how it got there

3/23/2007
Source of 2006 Spinach E. coli Outbreak a Mystery: FDA

Contamination began on a California field but exact cause is unknown, study concludes

3/23/2007
Genetically Modified Foods: Boon or Boondoggle?

U.S. regulators say they're safe, but critics aren't convinced

3/21/2007
Pet Death Toll Rises in Tainted Food Recall

Canadian manufacturer can't find contamination source in its moist pet food packages; U.S. probe continues

3/21/2007
Cardiac Risk Greatest While Firefighters Fighting Flames

Study found they're most likely to die while responding to emergencies

3/21/2007
FDA Proposal Toughens Membership Requirements on Advisory Panels

New limit on financial ties would reduce potential conflict of interest, agency says

3/21/2007
Raising a Glass for the World's Poor

On Thursday, NYC diners join global push for U.N. World Water Day

3/20/2007
Medication Errors Common for Transplant Patients

Better communication could improve the situation, experts say

3/20/2007
Cosmetic Procedures on the Rise -- Again

Botox, liposuction among the most popular procedures in 2006, survey finds

3/19/2007
FDA Investigating Animal Deaths as Pet Food Recall Continues

Kidney failure may be linked to gluten in food, experts say

3/18/2007
U.S. Opens Study of Prescription Drug Abuse Treatments

6 million Americans reported nonmedical opioid use in previous month, experts say

3/15/2007
HIV's Houdini Powers Examined

Scientists study how the AIDS virus escapes the immune system

3/15/2007
Americans Not Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies

National goals for a healthy diet are still not being met, CDC report shows

3/15/2007
Are Common Chemicals Feeding Obesity Epidemic?

Study suggests exposure to phthalates linked to abdominal fat, insulin resistance in men

3/14/2007
Many Blacks, Hispanics Misinformed About Alzheimer's

Stigma surrounding the disease can delay diagnosis, a survey finds

3/13/2007
Medical Errors Focus of New Campaign

U.S. government wants patients to ask the right questions, protect their health

3/12/2007
FDA Announces New Safety Guidelines for Fresh-Cut Produce

Goal is to reduce food-borne illnesses from bacterial contamination

3/10/2007
Pets Can Bring Parasite Dangers

A few common-sense steps can keep germs away from loved ones, group says

3/9/2007
FDA Tightens Warnings on Anemia Drugs

Higher-than-recommended doses can be fatal to kidney, cancer patients

3/8/2007
Don't Lose Sleep Over Daylight Savings Time

Adjusting schedule, getting more sunlight make transition easier, experts say

3/7/2007
Booster Seat Laws Keep Kids Safe

More youngsters are being properly restrained to prevent injury, researchers say

3/6/2007
FDA Should Release More Drug Safety Data: Experts

But pharmaceutical companies say openness would hurt competitiveness

3/6/2007
Medication Errors During Surgeries Particularly Dangerous

Study of 500 U.S. hospitals found mistakes in this setting were three times more likely to cause harm

3/6/2007
Flu Shot Cuts Kids' Infection Risk in Half

CDC study findings back government guidelines on who should get the shots.

3/5/2007
Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV

A protein in mucosal cells helps keep infection rates down

3/3/2007
Heartburn or Heart Attack? Know the Symptoms

Experts offer useful pointers, urging people to err on the side of caution

2/28/2007
Hepatitis B Drug Triggers HIV Drug Resistance

Finding calls for change in labeling and use, researchers say

2/27/2007
Hospital and Primary Care Docs Need to Talk

Too often, lines of communication break down, threatening patient safety, study finds

2/27/2007
Smoking May Be Risk Factor for TB

Tobacco users 73% more likely to become infected, twice as likely to get active disease

2/26/2007
Shoddy Cosmetic Procedures Can Leave Lasting Damage

Asking the right questions beforehand can prevent a lifetime of harm, experts say

2/25/2007
Lead Removal Times Too Lengthy: Study

Clean-up of home toxins getting quicker but lag endangers children

2/24/2007
Experts Offer Dos and Don'ts of Walk-In Clinic Care

Geriatrics Society puts out checklist on using these retail medical centers