Safety and Public Health News

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5/8/2006
Lesson From Katrina: Patient Information Is Key

As the hurricane season approaches, medical experts turn to better organization and technology

5/8/2006
Computerized Drug Dosing Protects Young Patients

It adjusts for their age, size and metabolism, experts say

5/8/2006
Lesson From Katrina: A Crippled Health-Care System

Barely enough doctors left to care for survivors in New Orleans, those remaining say

5/6/2006
Sunglasses: A Must Accessory

Protecting eyes from UV rays is more than a fashion statement

5/5/2006
Radiation Dose During Routine Scans Could Be Lowered

Study finds a much smaller dose also brings good results

5/5/2006
Nurses Give Surgeons Poor Grades on Teamwork in OR

Study suggests culture of intimidation might jeopardize patient safety

5/4/2006
Childhood Obesity Leads to Adolescent Obesity

Kids don't outgrow 'baby fat,' researchers report

5/3/2006
Hospital Computer Keyboards May Spread Danger

They're a reservoir for bacteria that staff could pass to patients, study finds

5/3/2006
U.S. Releases Bird Flu Response Plan

Details outline containment policies; focus on worst-case scenarios may spread fear, experts say

5/2/2006
Don't Think Kids Can Get at Household Guns? Think Again

Study shows parents are often wrong when they think children are safe

5/1/2006
Repeat After Me: Simple Change Cuts Medical Errors

Having doctor's orders repeated back ensures patient safety, study finds

5/1/2006
Infant Safety Devices Underused

Many doctors aren't urging parents to use baby gates, bath thermometers, study finds

5/1/2006
Doctors Misidentify Some Pills on Sight

A standardized drug-marking system could cut medical errors, experts say

4/29/2006
Be Wary of Warm Weather Sports

Have fun, but stay cool and hydrated, experts advise

4/27/2006
Heart Attacks Are Biggest Threat to U.S. Firefighters

Fatal motor vehicle crashes a close second for volunteers, report finds

4/26/2006
Vaccine Could Fight Deadly Marburg Virus

Researchers report success in monkeys against this potential bioterror agent

4/26/2006
Computers Predict Bird Flu Pandemic's Course

Quarantining the sick will be key to limiting outbreak, study shows

4/25/2006
Many FDA Experts Have Drug Industry Ties

But votes on drug approvals wouldn't change much if they withdrew from advisory panels, study finds

4/24/2006
Skull Study Proves Bike Helmets Work

Dropped or hit hard, helmeted skulls didn't crack under pressure, researchers say

4/24/2006
Rap's Lyrics May Help Spur Violence

Research suggests link between music and aggressive behavior in youth

4/21/2006
Researchers Will Test 'Fat-Dissolving' Therapy Claims

The treatment is gaining in popularity, but its safety and effectiveness are unknown

4/21/2006
U.S. Bird Flu Threat May Be Overstated, Experts Say

But that's no reason to relax preparedness efforts, they add

4/20/2006
Transplanted Nerve Tissue Can Cause Human 'Mad Cow' Disease

British study finds seven patients affected over past few decades

4/20/2006
Fatal ODs on Rx Meds a Growing Problem

Increase in these accidental deaths tops that of illegal drugs, study shows

4/20/2006
Obesity Driving Diabetes Epidemic

New study confirms suspicions that it's a major factor in troubling trend

4/19/2006
Lawn Mower Injuries on the Rise

Older people and children at greatest risk, study finds

4/18/2006
Silicone Implants Don't Raise Risk for Breast Cancer

Despite controversy, decades-long study finds no link

4/18/2006
New Research Finds Mercury Fillings Are Safe

Others contend findings aren't the final word on issue

4/18/2006
Many Health Care Workers Won't Show Up in Flu Pandemic

Poll results a 'wake-up call' for better preparedness training, experts say

4/14/2006
This Spring, Don't Fall

Cleaning can bring tumbles, sprains, but simple precautions can help

4/14/2006
New Bacterium Arises in Immune-Deficient Patients

It's the first time this class of pathogens has caused illness in humans, experts say

4/13/2006
Journal Backs Condoms for HIV/AIDS Fight

Limitations on their use will cost lives, a Lancet editorial says

4/13/2006
Scientists Suggest Alternative to Cox-2 Drugs

Stomach-safe pain relief without heart risks might be possible, research shows

4/11/2006
Lower-Dose Bird Flu Vaccine Study Begins

Four U.S. centers will test the new formulation

4/10/2006
Estrogen Therapy Boosts Clotting Risk in Postmenopausal Women

Those who had hysterectomies, took hormone were more likely to get DVT, study found

4/10/2006
U.S. Job Injury Stats Miss Most Cases: Study

Nearly two-thirds of work-related woes aren't reported, researchers say

4/7/2006
German Measles Fades as Birth Defect Threat

The disease is nearly eradicated in the U.S., experts say

4/5/2006
Pneumococcal Vaccine Reduces Serious Infections in Kids

Slight rise seen in some infections caused by strains not in vaccine, study finds

4/4/2006
Sleepless Americans Need Better Medical Care

Doctors aren't spotting, treating disorders like insomnia, report finds

4/3/2006
U.S. Hospital Medical Errors Keep Rising: Report

Safety incidents linked to these mistakes topped 1.2 million by 2004

4/3/2006
Too Few Car Seats For America's Obese Kids

Study uncovers dangerous shortfall as children's weight rises

3/30/2006
Bird-Flu Pandemic Would Likely Start in California

And it would sweep across the U.S. in less than a month, study predicts

3/29/2006
Experimental Bird Flu Vaccine Falls Short

Just over half of volunteers appeared immunized, researchers report

3/29/2006
Coming Soon: Faster, Yet Still Safe, Clinical Trials

'Surrogate markers' could speed drugs to patients, experts say

3/28/2006
Sleep-Deprived Teens Pose Safety Hazard

Half have driven while drowsy, survey finds

3/24/2006
Experts Note Need for More Studies on ADHD Drug Use in Adults

Most research on safety issues has been conducted in children, they note

3/23/2006
FDA Panel Rejects Strongest Warning for ADHD Drugs

Instead calls for simpler language and more information on labeling

3/22/2006
Heat, Rain Boost ER Admissions

But icy streets don't make a difference, study finds

3/22/2006
Studies Spot Obstacle to Human Transmission of Bird Flu

Unlike seasonal flu, the avian form prefers spots deep in the lungs

3/21/2006
Fewer Americans Taking Chances With Food

Only a fifth eat raw eggs, meat or other infection-prone items, survey finds