Safety and Public Health News

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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

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