Safety and Public Health News

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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

7/27/2006
Weightlifting Can Tear the Heart

In rare cases, heavy strain triggers deadly aortic dissection, experts say

7/25/2006
Actress Diahann Carroll Helps Launch Breast Cancer Web Site

Education effort aims to dispel common myths about the disease

7/24/2006
Targeted Methods Boost Minority Colon Cancer Screening

More Chinese-Americans got the test when informed in their own language

7/24/2006
Opiate Painkiller ODs Now Top Those for Cocaine, Heroin

Many victims are addicts, not patients prescribed the drugs

7/21/2006
Many Don't Heed Heat Advisories

As temperatures soar across the U.S., protecting yourself is key, experts say

7/21/2006
Immigrants Healthier Than Native New Yorkers

But poor access to care means newcomers' health soon suffers, report finds

7/20/2006
Medication Errors Injure 1.5 Million Americans a Year

Mistakes cost more than $3.5 billion annually, government report says

7/18/2006
Today's Air Bags Less Dangerous: Study

They help prevent crash-related deaths but pose little threat to smaller passengers

7/17/2006
E-Tags Could Prevent Surgical Errors

Embedding sponges with electronic locators useful, but expensive, experts say

7/15/2006
Food Safety Tips Make Picnics Perfect

It all comes down to temperature, experts say

7/14/2006
West Nile Laying Low, So Far

Officials predict more infections as summer heats up

7/13/2006
Technology Targets Drunk Drivers

New devices should help combat threat posed by too much alcohol, experts say

7/6/2006
Chernobyl Radiation May Boost Thyroid Cancer Risk

Study finds higher malignancy rate, especially to those exposed at a very young age

7/5/2006
Air Pollution Harms Healthy Kids' Lung Function

Carbon from vehicle exhaust finds its way into youngsters' airways, study finds

7/5/2006
Acetaminophen Use Could Trigger Liver Damage

Even high-normal doses of the painkiller in Tylenol might be harmful, study suggests

7/3/2006
When Fireworks Injure, It's Kids Who Pay the Price

Approximately 85,800 children were hurt between 1990 and 2003, study finds

7/2/2006
Think Safety First on the Fourth

Fireworks injuries are an unwanted part of Independence Day celebrations

7/2/2006
Stay Safe When Lightning Strikes

Summer is busiest storm season, experts warn

6/30/2006
Holocaust Survivors at Higher Long-Term Cancer Risk

The deprivation they faced is probably to blame, researchers say

6/30/2006
Even One Strong Drink May Impair Judgment

Study subjects' attention levels fell, despite being below the legal blood-alcohol limit

6/29/2006
Handling Pet Treats Can Cause Human Ills

CDC reports 9 cases of human salmonella linked to dog or cat snacks

6/29/2006
Alcohol a Bigger Threat to U.S. Youth Than Drugs

Yet public attention and funding focuses on preventing drug abuse, experts say

6/29/2006
Driving While on Cell Phone Worse Than Driving While Drunk

And researchers found no difference between hand-held or hands-free models

6/28/2006
Singapore Eye Infections Heighten Contact Lens Concerns

And the maker of recalled ReNu with MoistureLoc offers likely explanation for the outbreaks