Safety and Public Health News

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6/26/2006
Journal Corrects Vioxx Article to Reflect Short-Term Heart Risk

Experts call the change overdue, given the accumulated evidence

6/26/2006
Tuesday Is HIV Testing Day Across U.S.

It's a chance to get free, confidential testing and counseling

6/23/2006
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Protection

American Academy of Ophthalmology issues safety tips for summer

6/23/2006
Many Sleepy Motorists Keep on Driving

Study shows they habitually drive drowsy, despite the danger

6/23/2006
Ditch That Cell Phone in a Thunderstorm

The devices may prove deadly in a lightning strike, some doctors suggest

6/23/2006
Heart Differences May Explain Young Athletes' Deaths Despite CPR

Experts say underlying structural problems are probably to blame

6/23/2006
Human 'Mad Cow' Could Cause Eventual Epidemic

vCJD may have 50-year incubation period, meaning most cases have yet to arise, experts say

6/22/2006
Ticketing Changes Could Raise Seat Belt Use Among Blacks

When laws change, racial differences in buckling up disappear, study finds

6/21/2006
Campaign Helps Hispanics Enjoy a Healthy Summer

Free helpline will answer questions about summer safety

6/19/2006
Peanut Allergy Incidents Waning, But Still a Problem

Canadian study shows more education is needed

6/15/2006
Topical Antiseptic Cuts Chances of Pneumonia

Study shows a decrease of 65% in patients on ventilators

6/14/2006
Youngsters Endangered by Falling TVs

Kids can suffer serious injury when sets tumble, study finds

6/14/2006
Salt Initiative Backed by Health Professionals

But call for warning labels on high-salt foods draws fire from food industry

6/14/2006
U.S. Emergency Medicine on the Critical List

Three reports find the system barely coping day-to-day

6/12/2006
Antidepressants Do Prevent Suicides, Researchers Contend

Study refutes notion that SSRIs such as Prozac boost the risk to users

6/12/2006
More Cases of Eye Infections Linked to Recalled Contact Lens Solution

The dangers may be more widespread than originally thought, studies suggest

6/10/2006
New Campaign Launched to Fight Global Rise in Diabetes

Experts predict that 350 million could be diabetic by 2026

6/8/2006
Asthma Inhaler Type Could Boost Death Risk

Study fuels debate over beta agonists such as Serevent and Advair

6/7/2006
Experts Fault New FDA Drug Label Changes

They won't help patients, but could shield drug makers from legal action, researchers say

6/6/2006
HPV Test Finds More Precancerous Lesions Than Pap Smears

But there's still no screening test that catches all potential cancers, expert says

6/1/2006
High Doses of Statins Carry Dangers, Swedish Report Says

But top American cardiologists say evidence doesn't back up the claim

5/31/2006
Be On Guard Against Dog Bites

Experts offer tips that could prevent serious injury

5/29/2006
Not Enough Men Getting the Message on Sunscreen

Most magazine ads are geared toward women, study finds

5/26/2006
Danger Can Lurk in Morning O.J.

In rare cases, juice can harbor salmonella bacteria, experts say

5/26/2006
One-Third of U.S. Adults Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic

And nearly 30% of diabetics remain undiagnosed, study finds

5/25/2006
30% of Eye-Infection Cases Have Required Corneal Transplants

CDC report follows removal of contact lens solution from market

5/24/2006
Family's Bird Flu Deaths Not Precursor to Pandemic

Indonesian cases don't mean virus can spread easily among humans, experts stress

5/23/2006
Workplace Lead Exposure Brings Long-Term Brain Damage

18 years later, employees showed decreases in brain volume, study found

5/22/2006
Combo Vaccines Developed Against Bird Flu

Inoculating poultry should limit threat of human pandemic, studies suggest

5/20/2006
Frat, Sorority Members at High Alcohol-Linked Injury Risk

They're five times more likely to suffer serious falls than other students, study finds

5/19/2006
Research Questions Usefulness of Public Defibrillators

Outside of a few locales, other methods of saving lives may be more cost-effective

5/18/2006
Cervical Cancer Vaccine Gets FDA Panel's OK

Advisory committee recommends agency approve Gardasil

5/18/2006
New Vioxx Data Confirm Concerns About Risk, Doctors Say

Study shows heart dangers began at four months, not 18 as Merck has stated

5/18/2006
For-Profit Funding May Bias Clinical Trials

Positive results more likely when drug company money involved, researchers find

5/18/2006
Safety of External Defibrillators Examined

Study shows one in five was recalled for potential malfunction in past 10 years

5/17/2006
New Antibiotic Could Battle Hospital Infections

Compound found in South African soil disabled antibiotic-resistant staph germ

5/17/2006
Weight-Loss Surgeries Safe at Teaching Hospitals

Academic medical centers have less than a 1 percent post-surgery death rate, study finds

5/16/2006
Airline Cabin Conditions Not Linked to Blood Clots

But risks for long-distance travelers are real, study authors say

5/16/2006
Scientists Spot Secrets of SARS' Spread

They pinpoint mechanisms the virus uses to infect cells

5/15/2006
No Signs of Illness in Returning U.K. War Vets

British study finds no evidence of another 'Gulf War syndrome'

5/15/2006
Contact Lens Solution Pulled From Market

Bausch & Lomb's ReNu MoistureLoc linked to dangerous fungal infections

5/15/2006
Many Poorer New Yorkers Suffered Post-9/11 PTSD

Most saw their general physician for help with post-traumatic stress disorder, study found

5/15/2006
Problems With Implantable Heart Devices Need More Public Airing

Experts say companies that make them should work closely with government, doctors

5/15/2006
Medicare Drug Plan Gets Mixed Reviews as Deadline Arrives

Monday is last day most seniors can sign up to Part D without penalty

5/12/2006
Well-Rested Docs Mean Better Care For Patients

Shortening resident physicians' hours improves hospital care, study finds

5/11/2006
Experts Argue Over Allocation of Bird Flu Vaccine

Government puts elderly high on list, but others would choose young adults

5/10/2006
Bird Flu Vaccine Looks Safe, Effective

But it might not work against new strains of the virus, experts warn

5/10/2006
Experts Dismiss Bird Flu Film as Flight of Fancy

But some say it was made possible by false fear instilled by scientists and the media

5/9/2006
FDA Reviewing European Aspartame Data

New study contradicts earlier research with rats that found a link to cancer

5/8/2006
'Off-Label' Prescription Drug Use Common

Using medicines for non-approved reasons is legal but risky, experts say