Safety and Public Health News

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10/17/2006
Journal Articles Quickly Affect Doctors' Practice

Study that questioned one drug's safety triggered a rapid decline in its use, researchers note

10/17/2006
Home Medication Use Sends 700,000 to ER Annually

People over 65 most at risk for adverse reactions to medications, report finds

10/16/2006
U.S. Hospital Outcomes Vary Widely

How well you do may depend on where you're admitted, report finds

10/15/2006
Communities Key to Lowering Cancer Risk

New guidelines underscore local government's role in providing healthy diet and exercise

10/13/2006
Antibiotics in Poultry May Pose Risk to Humans

Overuse may foster drug resistance in people, study suggests

10/13/2006
Combo Human-Bird Antibody May Ward Off Avian Flu

But success in mice doesn't guarantee it will protect people, experts say

10/13/2006
Spinach Contamination Linked to Cattle Ranch

Tests reveal same strain of E. Coli bacteria that sickened 199 people, killed 3

10/12/2006
Cattle Ranch May Be Source of Spinach Contamination

Tests reveal same strain of E. Coli bacteria that sickened 199 people, killed 3

10/12/2006
Whooping Cough Making a Comeback in U.S.

Studies urge booster shots for teens and adults, more careful exams by doctors

10/11/2006
Food Safety Ultimately Rests With the Consumer

U.S. produce and meats are basically safe, experts say, but use caution in the kitchen

10/11/2006
California Lettuce Judged Safe by Grower

Nunes Co. reports tests found harmless variety of E. coli in samples

10/10/2006
Sweet Drinks Are Kids' Top Choice at School

Vending machines, fast-food outlets make independent contributions to total sugar intake

10/10/2006
California Lettuce Judged Safe by Grower

Nunes Co. reports tests found harmless variety of E. coli in samples

10/9/2006
Experts Urge Major FDA Overhaul

Institute of Medicine report says the agency lacks oversight, independence

10/6/2006
Car Safety Improvements May Not Be Working

Airbags and antilock brakes only make driver less cautious, study suggests

10/6/2006
PTSD Can Take Months to Strike Wounded Iraq and Afghanistan Vets

Finding may offer new insights into treating the emotional disorder

10/6/2006
Spinach Gets Green Light, But Where Are the Greens?

Wary consumers mean markets may only slowly restock shelves, experts say

10/5/2006
All Americans Urged to Get Flu Shots

Vaccine supplies are at record levels, but public might need convincing

10/4/2006
All Americans Urged to Get Flu Shots

Vaccine supplies are at record levels, but public might need convincing

10/2/2006
Smoke Alarms With Mother's Voice Wake Kids Faster

Traditional tonal alerts less effective at rousing children from deep sleep, study finds

9/29/2006
Fresh Spinach Cleared for Consumption Again

U.S. health officials say all tainted products have been recalled, declare spinach 'safe'

9/29/2006
Catheters, Other Devices Raise Infection Risk

But new technologies may help safeguard patients, researchers say

9/29/2006
Calif. Growers Must Improve Food Safety, Officials Stress

E. coli spinach toll now stands at 187 victims in 26 states

9/27/2006
E. coli Toll: 183 Victims in 26 States

Investigators say tainted spinach bags point to a specific time, date and processing plant in California

9/26/2006
Tainted Spinach Search Zeroes in On One Batch

2nd tainted bag in Utah helps pinpoint a specific time, date and processing plant, California health official says

9/25/2006
Stroke Trials' History Shows Bias Toward Good News

Negative findings are less likely to be published, researchers say

9/25/2006
E. coli Toll Reaches 175 Cases

Health officials start to ease restrictions on spinach, while examining farms in 3 Calif. counties

9/24/2006
E. coli Toll Now Stands at 173

Health officials start to ease restrictions on spinach, while examining farms in 3 Calif. counties

9/23/2006
U.S. Health Officials Start to Ease Warnings on Spinach

Meanwhile, inspectors continue to examine farms in 3 Calif. counties, as number of E. coli infections rises to 166 people in 25 states

9/22/2006
Coming Clean on Personal Care Products

Experts debate the risks of chemicals found in the bathroom cabinet

9/22/2006
Repeat DUIs Associated With Mental Illnesses

60% with 2 or more convictions have major depressive disorders, study finds

9/22/2006
Tainted Spinach Toll Hits 166

Health officials, probing farms in 3 Calif. counties, weigh how to return spinach to consumer tables

9/21/2006
Lead Levels May Not Be Stringent Enough

Study finds even 'safe' exposures may mean 25% higher risk of death from all causes

9/21/2006
E. Coli Toll Tops 150; Search for Source Continues

Health officials have narrowed their probe to Salinas Valley farms in California; critics hit industry standards

9/20/2006
U.S. Health-Care System Scores a D for Quality

New report compared different countries in 37 areas

9/20/2006
E. Coli Toll: 146 in 23 States

76 victims are hospitalized; U.S. health officials find first confirmation of tainted spinach

9/19/2006
E. Coli Cases Hit 131 in 21 States

66 victims are hospitalized; U.S. health officials still searching for source of tainted spinach

9/18/2006
2004 Staph Outbreak Endangered Patients, Caregivers

Bug was resistant to some antibiotics, Baltimore investigators say

9/18/2006
E. Coli Victims Now Total 109; 2nd Recall Underway

Another California produce company recalling its spinach products; government renews warning on eating fresh spinach

9/17/2006
FDA Widens Spinach Warning

Government advises against eating unpackaged fresh spinach or any product containing spinach as number of E. coli cases reaches 102

9/15/2006
Consumers Warned on Spinach as 10 States Report E. coli Outbreak

Packaged fresh spinach suspected in 1 fatality, 8 cases of kidney failure, with more than 50 incidences reported

9/12/2006
Vioxx Most Dangerous Cox-2 Drug: Studies

Its heart-threatening effects emerge early and rise with dosage, research shows

9/12/2006
Child Drug Safety Data Not Reaching Doctors

Manufacturers are conducting research, then burying the results, study suggests

9/12/2006
No Clear Pattern of Illness Among Vets of First Gulf War

But they may be at higher risk for ALS, brain cancer, report notes

9/12/2006
SARS Treatments Didn't Work: Study

In fact, some may even have made patients worse, researchers say

9/11/2006
Katrina's Floodwaters Far Less Toxic Than Feared

Studies show the hurricane did little to contaminate New Orleans' soil

9/11/2006
Crustacean Compound Fights Bacterial Biofilms

Coating medical devices with it could keep infections at bay, researchers claim

9/11/2006
Biohazard Detection May Be a Wipe Away

Nanotechnology napkins would alert users to danger, scientists say

9/10/2006
Should You 'Go Green' When You Clean?

'Natural' products promise eco-friendly results, but are unregulated and expensive

9/8/2006
FDA Again Fines Red Cross Over Blood Collection Practices

No one has been harmed by tainted blood, the agency stressed