Safety and Public Health News

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2/23/2007
Don't Wait Till School Starts to Vaccinate Against Meningitis

Parents can help reduce vaccine shortages by getting kids the shot earlier, experts say

2/23/2007
Most Americans Don't Understand Acetaminophen Dangers

Too much of the painkiller in Tylenol, other meds, can cause liver failure, experts say

2/23/2007
Don't Leave Kids, Dogs Alone, Study Warns

Experts offer new guide for pet owners and wary passers-by

2/23/2007
U.S. Tests Confirm Salmonella in Peanut Butter

Number of sickened now 329 in 41 states, CDC says

2/21/2007
FDA Mandates Stronger Warning on Asthma Drug Xolair

Move points to small risk for life-threatening allergic reaction

2/21/2007
Kids of U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Prone to Stress

These youngsters may need special monitoring and care, researchers say

2/21/2007
ADHD Drugs Need Better Warnings on Heart, Psychiatric Risks: FDA

All meds must now come with patient guideline inserts, agency says

2/21/2007
Long-Term Marijuana Use May Impair Lung Function

Data shows wheezing and phlegm similar to that of cigarette smokers

2/21/2007
Kids Living Near 'Green Spaces' Less Likely to Be Overweight

But socioeconomic factors also play a part in children's activity levels, experts say

2/19/2007
Cooked Chicken Breasts Join Tainted-Food Recalls

Oscar Mayer product contaminated by listeriosis; Salmonella and botulism threats prompt cantaloupe, baby food recalls; peanut butter probe continuing

2/18/2007
Free Handbook Helps Hispanic Families Tackle ADHD

It helps parents recognize the condition in kids and seek help

2/17/2007
Tainted Cantaloupe, Baby Food Recalled

Salmonella and botulism threats prompt latest U.S. food scares; peanut butter probe continuing

2/16/2007
Experts Search for Source of Salmonella-Tainted Peanut Butter

Number of those sickened rises to 290 nationwide, CDC says

2/15/2007
Stores Pull Peanut Butter After FDA Warns of Salmonella

Agency says 288 people in 39 states have been sickened so far

2/13/2007
Secondhand Smoke Poses Heart Disease Risk

Study finds warnings signs in blood of those exposed to smoke

2/9/2007
Molecules Show Promise as 'Cocktail' Against Bioweapons

In animal studies, they expanded protection against botulinum neurotoxins

2/9/2007
'Natural' Remedies May Interfere With Clinical Trials

Patients who use them can skew drug safety results, experts warn

2/8/2007
Antibiotic Overuse Does Make Microbes Resistant

Study confirms the drugs alter healthy and unhealthy bacteria

2/6/2007
Heart Surgery Drug May Boost Death Risk

Aprotinin had already been linked to kidney and heart failure, researchers note

2/6/2007
U.S. Cigarette Pack Warnings Ineffective: Study

Last updated in 1984, pack labels need larger type, graphic images to dissuade consumers

2/1/2007
U.S. Health Officials Unveil Flu Pandemic Plan

Outbreaks would be tackled based on a 'severity index' of transmission, they say

1/31/2007
FDA to Monitor Post-Market Drug Safety

Pilot project among proposals agency lays out in response to growing criticism of its operations

1/26/2007
Living Near Freeways Hurts Kids' Lungs

Exposure to emissions could lead to respiratory problems later, experts say

1/25/2007
Binge Drinking May Be Biggest Alcohol Threat: Survey

New Mexico study suggests it's a more serious problem than alcoholism

1/25/2007
Mammography Rates Dropping, U.S. Report Finds

Experts worry about whether troubling trend will continue

1/24/2007
Radon in the Home Can Cause Lung Cancer

But simple tests for the odorless, tasteless gas could save your life

1/20/2007
Heavy Metal Toxins a Danger in Homes

Common household sources include old paint, pewter and glazed pottery, experts say

1/19/2007
Antibiotic-Coated Medical Devices Could Cut Infections

Scientists can now attach penicillin to a polymer surface

1/18/2007
Staph Toxin Can Trigger Deadly Pneumonia

Experts warn that widespread PVL could be difficult to control

1/17/2007
1918 Flu Pandemic Virus Overwhelmed Lungs: Study

Discovery may help minimize potential bird flu deaths, scientists say

1/12/2007
Smoking May Play Role in Knee Osteoarthritis

Study suggests men, in particular, face cartilage loss, more severe pain

1/11/2007
Cold Medicines Dangerous for Infants

Dosing mistakes killed three, sent 1,500 to ER, CDC report finds

1/11/2007
FDA Seeks Higher Fees From Drug Industry

Says they're needed to improve safety and oversight; critics cite possible conflict of interest

1/10/2007
FDA Alerts Pharmaceutical Companies to Potentially Faulty Testing

Letters sent involve more than 1,100 generic and brand-name drugs

1/10/2007
Lower IQs in Childhood Linked to Accident-Prone Adulthood

British study found hospitalizations correlated to intelligence levels, but better education could lower rates

1/10/2007
Florida 'Red Tides' Can Irritate Asthmatics

Study finds just one hour on the beach during algae bloom decreases lung function

1/9/2007
Test More Foreign-Born U.S. Residents for TB: Experts

Better screening, treatment could help eliminate domestic cases

1/3/2007
Tiny Pets Can Hold Salmonella Dangers

Hamsters, other creatures linked to serious illness, experts say

1/3/2007
Research May Lead to Better Flu Vaccines

New database helps scientists match vaccine to immune response

12/29/2006
Expert Tips Can Head Off Head Injury

Helmets, guardrails and driving sober cut the risk

12/22/2006
Mistletoe Injection Linked to Tumor-Like Growth

Case report adds to debate over value of the alternative treatment for cancer

12/21/2006
Future Flu Pandemic Could Cost 62 Million Lives: Report

Data from 1918-20 outbreak predicts poor countries would be hit hardest

12/21/2006
A Checklist for Avoiding Common Holiday Dangers

Pediatric group urges families to wrap the gift of safety for children

12/20/2006
Obesity No.1 Kids' Health Issue: Survey

Most polled think parents are key to reversing current trends

12/20/2006
Kidney Transplants Boost Cancer Risk

Immunosuppressive drugs can triple odds for many malignancies, study finds

12/19/2006
For Holiday Toys, Think Safety First

Hundreds of thousands of American children suffer injuries every year

12/16/2006
FDA Panel Hits Antibiotic For Bronchitis, Sinusitis

Ketek can be used for pneumonia with tougher warning label, but is risky for lesser conditions, advisers recommend

12/15/2006
FDA Strengthens Warning on Heart Surgery Drug

Cardiovascular, kidney risks mean Trasylol should only be used in special circumstances

12/15/2006
U.S. Panels Begin Hearings on Antibiotic's Safety

Company defends Ketek while FDA defends 2004 approval of controversial drug

12/14/2006
Iceberg Lettuce Seen as Taco Bell E. coli Source

U.S. health officials declare outbreak over, but investigation continues