Safety and Public Health News

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3/20/2006
Bird Flu Undergoing Genetic Change

But that doesn't mean a human flu pandemic is imminent, researchers say

3/20/2006
Petting Zoos Can Breed Illness

3 studies show bacterial infections from animal-to-human contact

3/17/2006
Bird Flu Scarier Than Human Flu This Season

Government report showed sales of antivirals spiked before any flu activity surfaced

3/16/2006
Atkins Diet Not Safe for Everyone

Researchers report case of obese dieter who developed dangerous condition

3/16/2006
Whites Have Higher Blood Levels of Cancer-Linked PFCs

The industrial chemicals are found in insecticides, non-stick coatings

3/16/2006
Scientists Spot Potential Bird-Flu Pathway to Humans

A mutation in a surface protein might lead to a pandemic, study says

3/16/2006
Bioterror Agent Sarin Causes Long-Term Genetic Damage

Findings may explain why the chemical's effects last so long

3/15/2006
Most Americans Getting Substandard Health Care

Overall, those surveyed got only 54.9 percent of recommended care, report shows

3/10/2006
Workers, Keep an Eye on Safety

On-the-job injuries bring vision loss, even blindness, study shows

3/10/2006
More Than Immobility Triggers In-Flight Clots

Low cabin pressure might also be to blame, but more study is needed, experts say

3/9/2006
Spit Test Spots Oral Cancer

Saliva holds gene 'signature' that warns of early disease, study finds

3/8/2006
TV News Offers Fuzzy Picture on Health

Most local reports left out important information, study found

3/6/2006
Community-Acquired Staph Infections Pose Growing Threat

Many Americans carry the germ that is becoming resistant to antibiotics

3/6/2006
Kissing and Peanuts Can Be Deadly Combo

Traces of allergen stay in mouth after rinsing, brushing teeth, research shows

3/2/2006
Pesticide Risk to Babies Underestimated: Study

They're up to 130 times more sensitive than adults, researchers warn

3/2/2006
Drowning Risk Greatest for Blacks

Nearly half of U.S. deaths involve blacks, mostly young males, study finds

3/1/2006
Antibiotic Can Cause Life-Threatening Blood Sugar Problems for Older Patients

Despite new label warning, researchers think Tequin shouldn't be prescribed at all

2/28/2006
Scientists Decode Genes for Drug-Resistant Staph

Findings might lead to new antibiotics against this growing threat

2/28/2006
Third of Iraq Vets Seek Mental Health Services

Study found most did so within two years of return

2/28/2006
Japan A-Bomb Effects Linger 60 Years Later

Many children exposed to radiation are now elderly with thyroid problems, study finds

2/28/2006
Debate Simmers Over Popular Antidepressant Ad Claims

No evidence depression stems from chemical imbalance in the brain, critics say

2/27/2006
Clinical Trial Data Can Trouble Former Participants

In many cases, full disclosure brings serious emotional distress, expert says

2/25/2006
Watch Out for Winter Health Woes

Experts offer tips to safeguard elderly this season

2/23/2006
Flu's Resistance to Some Drugs Causes Concern

But experts say two antivirals, Tamiflu and Relenza, still work

2/23/2006
Teflon-Linked Dangers May Not Stick

There's little hard evidence the cookware harms health, experts say

2/22/2006
Time Crucial in Anthrax Cases

Infection becomes untreatable within just a few days, study finds

2/21/2006
Many Hospitals Don't Require Board Certification for Pediatricians

Finding could have implications for quality of care, researcher says

2/21/2006
Helmets Make Sense for Skiers, Snowboarders

Study finds 60 percent drop in head injury risk for those using protection

2/20/2006
Poor Suffer Most When Natural Disaster Strikes

South Asian tsunami, Katrina highlight their vulnerability, scientists say

2/17/2006
Blood Test Could Speed Bioterror Care

Agent-specific gene patterns arise soon after exposure, scientists say

2/17/2006
U.S. Allows Withdrawn MS Drug to Return in Clinical Trial

FDA to consider Tysabri's full return to market next month

2/16/2006
New Strategy Speeds Flu Vaccine Production

Cell-based approach means shots could be made in weeks, not months

2/13/2006
Cheney Hunting Accident Spotlights Safety Issues

Hunters in groups increase chances of mishaps, expert says

2/9/2006
FDA Panel Calls for Strongest Warning on ADHD Drugs

In close vote, committee recommends 'black box' label for methylphenidates such as Ritalin

2/9/2006
New 'Toolkit' Helps Schools Get the Lead Out

Removing lead from water supplies can ensure children's health, experts say

2/6/2006
Researchers Uncover 4 Different Genetic Bird-Flu Strains

Finding highlights need to improve vaccine-delivery system, experts say

2/6/2006
Parents Heed Hype on Flu Shots

As news coverage increased during 2003-2004 season, so did flu shot rates, study finds

2/3/2006
New Test Quickly Spots Bird Flu in People

It should benefit patients and help control potential outbreaks, officials say

2/2/2006
Influenza Resistant to Two Antiviral Drugs

Almost all samples of virus not affected by amantadine and rimantadine, CDC says

2/1/2006
U.S. Scientists Create Bird Flu Vaccine That Thwarts Deadly Strain

Genetically engineered vaccine protected mice against the H5N1 virus

1/30/2006
Pilot Test of Ricin Vaccine Successful

Vaccine may protect people from a bioterror attack

1/26/2006
Half of U.S. Workers Face On-the-Job Violence

And the abuse usually comes from customers or clients, survey finds

1/26/2006
Health Tip: Don't Play Doctor With Over-the-Counter Drugs

This is especially dangerous when treating your children

1/25/2006
EPA Program Could Eliminate Teflon Chemical

PFOA, a suspected carcinogen, might be gone from most products by 2015

1/23/2006
Health Tip: Keeping the Kids Safe Around the Car

Many accidents can happen that have nothing to do with driving

1/19/2006
Cell Phones Don't Cause Brain Tumors

Latest study contradicts earlier research, which had suggested a link

1/19/2006
Katrina: It Could Have Been Worse, U.S. Report Says

But the number of people needing mental-health care will likely increase, experts contend

1/19/2006
Antibiotic Resistance Widespread in Nature

Study finds bacteria have multiple defenses against multiple enemies

1/19/2006
Antiviral Drugs Weak Defense Against Bird Flu Pandemic, Study Finds

These drugs won't do much to fight 'regular' flu, either, experts say

1/16/2006
Study Finds Cloned Stem Cells Safe

Results reassure those who worried lines created without fertilized embryo might go awry