Safety and Public Health News

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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

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