Safety and Public Health News

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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

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