Safety and Public Health News

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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

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