Safety and Public Health News

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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

9/7/2006
FDA Advisers Reject Safety Report on Dental Fillings

Mercury-containing amalgams need further study, they contend

9/6/2006
Low-Dose Bird Flu Vaccine Effective

Chinese team reports success with new formulation

9/5/2006
Lung Problems for 9/11 Rescuers More Widespread: Study

70% of responders reported pulmonary trouble and twice the rate of abnormalities as the general population

9/4/2006
Movie Trailers Expose Youth to Tobacco Abuse

Film, TV execs urged to refuse advertisements glorifying smoking

9/1/2006
Campaign Connects Hurricane Survivors With Mental Health Services

A year after Katrina, many are still suffering, experts say

9/1/2006
Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Now 'Epidemic'

Infection has moved from hospitals to general community, experts say

8/30/2006
Celebrex Has 'No Role' Against Colon Cancer

It helps prevent polyps but doubles users' heart dangers, two studies find

8/25/2006
Experts Urge Protection Against Deadly Allergic Reactions

New campaign helps Americans defend against anaphylaxis

8/25/2006
New Orleans' Health-Care System Still in Tatters

A year after Katrina, city and region lack doctors, facilities, experts say

8/24/2006
West Nile Illness Can Have Long-Term Effects

Half of those infected report mental, physical woes a year later

8/23/2006
D.C. Sniper Attacks Left Some With PTSD

Study found 7 percent of area residents at risk for PTSD

8/22/2006
Chemical Reaction May Have Caused Eye Infections

CDC report says contact lens solution ingredients could lead to contamination

8/18/2006
Sleep Apnea Raises Truckers' Crash Risk

More must be done to curb this highway hazard, researchers say

8/16/2006
Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Now a Major Threat

It's the No. 1 source of skin infections seen in U.S. emergency rooms, study finds

8/16/2006
New Weakness in Avian Flu Virus Found

Researchers say new drugs could be developed to fight spread of disease

8/11/2006
Ghost of the Hurricane: Suffering Still Strong

'Katrina continues to haunt me,' mental health professional says

8/9/2006
Unsafe Gun Storage Endangering Teens

Parents focus on the risk to youngsters, not older children, study finds

8/9/2006
Alzheimer's Drug May Shield Brain From Bioterror Agents

Galantamine could be first line of defense against sarin and other chemicals, researchers say

8/8/2006
External Defibrillator Warnings Not Adequate

FDA has issued warnings for one in every five devices, study finds

8/7/2006
Study Examines Latex Transfer to Food in Packaging

U.K. researchers say even small amounts can be deadly and urge stringent labeling changes

8/4/2006
Common Household Chemical May Harm Lung Function

It's found in air fresheners, mothballs and other products, researchers report

8/1/2006
Estimated 500,000 Need Mental Help a Year After Katrina

But experts say there's a dire shortage of services in the Gulf Coast region

8/1/2006
9/11 Rescuers Have Reduced Lung Functions

New research finds rescue workers have reduction equivalent to 12 years of aging

7/31/2006
Bird Flu Pandemic May Not Develop

Virus doesn't show signs of mutating easily, U.S. government researchers now say

7/29/2006
Heat-Related Deaths in U.S. on the Rise

Toll tops 150 as California reports 132 fatalities, mostly elderly

7/28/2006
Danes Are the Happiest, Study Says

U.S. comes in 23rd in not-so-formal global survey