Safety and Public Health News

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12/14/2006
FDA Panel Urges Changes to Antidepressant Labeling

'Black box' warning on suicide risk may be extended beyond children

12/12/2006
Many at High Risk Don't Get Flu Shot

Getting the word out to vulnerable groups is key, survey finds

12/12/2006
Emergency Preparedness Still Lagging in U.S.: Report

Five years after 9/11, states aren't fully prepared for threats like bioterrorism or flu pandemic

12/12/2006
Taco Bell E. coli Outbreak Cause Still a Mystery

U.S. health officials say green onions tested negative

12/11/2006
More Americans Have Their Blood Pressure Under Control

Researchers say several factors behind encouraging trend

12/11/2006
Raising 'Good' Cholesterol Levels Still a Worthy Goal

Despite death of Pfizer drug, researchers say investigation of concept should continue

12/9/2006
Victim Count in Taco Bell E. coli Outbreak Still Rising

Confirmed cases now spread across 6 states; source of outbreak still unclear, CDC says

12/9/2006
Coated Stents Should Stay on Market, U.S. Advisers Say

But all patients at heightened risk of blood clots, FDA panel concludes

12/7/2006
Another California-Grown Link Seen in E. coli Outbreak

FDA investigating Taco Bell ingredients as those sickened now include 99 people in 3 states; green onions from California could be the cause

12/6/2006
Taco Bell Removes Green Onions From Its Restaurants

Preliminary tests show the produce may be source of E. coli contamination

12/5/2006
Taco Bell to Reopen Restaurants After E. coli Outbreak

At least 39 people have been sickened; officials search for source of contamination

12/5/2006
Antidepressants May Up Risk for Attempted, Not Completed, Suicide

New study could help clear up confusion around SSRI drugs such as Prozac

12/5/2006
Health Tip: Beware of Poisonous Holiday Plants

Be careful if you have kids or pets

12/3/2006
Choosing Safe Christmas Toys Isn't Child's Play

Expert offers tips to picking out appropriate playthings

12/1/2006
Prescription Labels Often Misunderstood

In study, many took "two tablets twice a day" to mean two pills in total

11/28/2006
Top Scientific Journal Ponders Tighter Publishing Guidelines

South Korean stem cell cloning scandal prompted review of procedures, committee reports

11/27/2006
Parkinson's May Lower Driving Safety

Drivers with the illness made more mistakes while distracted, study found

11/27/2006
Edible Coatings May Boost Food Safety

Oregano oil spray kills more than 50 percent of E. Coli O157:H7 bacteria

11/22/2006
Outbreaks Show Bird Flu Virus Is Changing

But its potential for human-to-human spread remains unclear

11/21/2006
Mid-Shift Nap Boosts ER Docs' Performance

40 minutes of shut-eye makes a big difference, study finds

11/21/2006
Lab-Strength Toxin, Not Botox, Caused Paralyses

Four who thought they were getting Botox were stricken in 2004 mix-up, study finds

11/17/2006
Smoking, High HPV Levels Could Spell Cervical Cancer

Study finds two factors boost risk of precancerous lesions

11/17/2006
Newly Released Data Stirs Naproxen Debate

Study finds Aleve boosts heart risks, but expert says data is unreliable

11/14/2006
Smoking Linked to Cognitive Decline in Heart Patients

Even those who gave it up decades ago had more problems after heart surgery

11/13/2006
Merck's Vioxx Replacement Gets Mixed Reviews

Research released at heart meeting shows no gain over traditional drug

11/13/2006
Sports Chest Protectors Don't Fully Protect Young Hearts

Heart rhythm changes upon impact can still prove fatal, study finds

11/13/2006
Implanted Heart Devices Should Be Recyled After Death, Researchers Say

Morticians and patients willing to donate defibrillators and pacemakers for further use, survey finds.

11/6/2006
School Bus Injuries Much More Common Than Thought

New numbers are two to three times higher than previous figures, study finds

11/5/2006
Colder Weather Brings a Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide poisoning linked to home heating can be prevented, experts say

11/3/2006
Posh Neighborhoods Tough on Poorer Residents' Health

Low-income people died earlier than if they lived in less-affluent areas, study found

11/3/2006
Salmonella Outbreak Traced to Tomatoes in Restaurants

Officials say problem has passed, but they're looking for source of contamination

11/3/2006
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Campaign Launched

U.S. health officials stress disease is real, though treatments remain elusive

11/3/2006
FDA Offers Advice on Preventing Food-Borne Illness

In wake of salmonella outbreak, tips include cooking meat thoroughly and washing produce

11/2/2006
Journal Retracts Fraudulent Oral Cancer Studies

New England Journal of Medicine articles didn't affect patient care, experts say

11/1/2006
Salmonella Outbreak Appears Over

Federal health officials add some type of produce is suspected

10/31/2006
Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 172 in 18 States

U.S. health officials investigating latest bacterial infection, possibly linked to tomatoes.

10/30/2006
Vaccine-Resistant Bird Flu Spreading in Asia

New virus evades current poultry immunization measures, experts warn

10/30/2006
Many Seizure-Prone People Continue to Drive

Epilepsy can put drivers at high risk for crashes, study warns

10/29/2006
Traveling Abroad? Plan Ahead to Stay Healthy

Bone up on risks and buy travel health insurance, experts advise

10/28/2006
Turning Back the Clock Creates Drowsy Drivers

Most people take two weeks to adjust to the time change, experts say

10/28/2006
Keep Your Kids Safe and Sound This Halloween

Simple precautions can ensure a fun time for all

10/27/2006
Keep Your Kids Safe and Sound This Halloween

Simple precautions can ensure a fun time for all

10/27/2006
Americans Fall Prey to Weight-Loss Supplement 'Hype'

Many mistakenly believe these products are tested and safe, survey finds

10/26/2006
Wild Boar May Have Caused Tainted Spinach Outbreak

Investigators probe whether animals carried E. coli to produce fields

10/25/2006
CT Scans Catch Lung Cancer at Earliest Stage

When followed by surgery, 10-year survival rate soars, researchers found

10/25/2006
College Students Unaware of Hepatitis C Risks

Behaviors such as sharing jewelry, getting tattoos not even discussed by doctors

10/21/2006
Study Sparks Debate on Ritalin Use in Preschoolers

Researchers found it worked for some severe cases

10/20/2006
Watch the Volume on Your iPod

Prolonged or loud use can lead to hearing loss, researchers warn

10/20/2006
Antibiotics Only Help With Some Ear Infections

Those under 2 with otitis media in both ears most likely to benefit, study finds

10/20/2006
Bread-Heavy Diet Linked to Kidney Cancer

But expert urges caution in interpreting the study results