Safety and Public Health News

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1/16/2006
FDA: Drug Name Confusion Makes Imports Dangerous

Agency warns of prescription mix-ups, but critics suspect an anti-import agenda

1/16/2006
Is Your Kid's Candy a Poison?

Some imported sweets may contain high quantities of lead

1/10/2006
U.S. Emergency Care Not Making the Grade: Report

Entire country is given a C- by professional group

1/4/2006
Boosting Alcohol Taxes May Not Cut Consumption

Consumers will often just buy cheaper kinds of drinks, study finds

1/3/2006
Safe Neighborhoods Keep Kids Leaner

New research shows that families who live in unsafe areas have fatter kids

1/1/2006
Seniors Can Beat Injury This Winter

Hazards do rise, but a few easy steps can keep elderly safe this season

12/31/2005
Be Careful Opening the Bubbly

Champagne corks cause many holiday eye injuries

12/27/2005
Scientists Develop New Anthrax Antibody

It may help treat late-stage infection, study finds

12/25/2005
Safety Can Be the Best Present

Yuletide is prime time for injury, but simple tips can help

12/23/2005
Take Holiday Safety in Stride

Last-minute chores can be hazardous if you don't take care

12/21/2005
Avian Flu Strains Show Resistance to Tamiflu

Additional drugs may be needed to deal with possible resistant form of the virus

12/16/2005
Doc-to-Doc 'Hand-Offs' Impact Patient Safety

Hospitals must improve communication during shift changes, study finds

12/15/2005
Huge Increase in Alzheimer's, Dementia Predicted

Incidence will double in the U.S. and triple in developing countries by 2040, experts say

12/15/2005
Oral HIV Tests Not the Last Word

A high number of false positive results means these tests are only preliminary screen, experts say

12/15/2005
Americans Murky on Emergency Preparedness

Survey finds many would turn to nontraditional help, have little faith in government, and aren't prepared

12/15/2005
EPA Fines DuPont $16.5M for Teflon Cover-Up

Record-setting penalty stems from company's failure to disclose health safety data

12/14/2005
153 Child Deaths Linked to Flu During 2003-2004 Season

Many were previously healthy; most were under 6 months old, CDC report finds

12/14/2005
Major Painkiller Trial to Start

Experts concerned that trial is funded by maker of one of the drugs to be studied

12/13/2005
Slow Progress in Boosting U.S. Patient Safety

Report suggests many systems need major overhauls

12/13/2005
Military Testing New Malaria Drug

Medication derived from Chinese herb could cut deaths by a third, researcher says

12/12/2005
Katrina Leaves Widespread Depression in Her Wake

Aftermath includes host of mental-health problems, including anxiety, insomnia -- even suicide

12/10/2005
Vioxx Drama Echoes Earlier Concerns About Missing Data

Renewed outrage triggered by medical journal's charge that drug maker withheld heart risks

12/9/2005
Are U.S. Health Experts Inflating Flu Statistics?

Journal article claims they are, but CDC expert denies the charge

12/9/2005
New England Journal Charges Merck Deleted Vioxx Study Data

Editors contend drugmaker withheld information on heart risks before findings were given to journal

12/6/2005
FluMist Found Safe in Latest Study

Two years after intranasal vaccine's introduction to market, new evidence backs its use in healthy people

12/6/2005
U.S., Most States Get Failing Grades for Health Emergency Preparedness

Report faults government for post-9/11 emergency planning, Katrina response and pandemic flu plans

12/4/2005
'Tis the Season to Keep Pets Safe

Dogs and cats face special hazards, so follow these tips

12/1/2005
Many Americans Not Active Enough to Reap Health Benefits

Government report says more than half don't reach recommended levels

11/30/2005
Go-Carts May Speed Kids Toward Injury

They aren't toys, research on accidents shows

11/28/2005
Vaccinating Birds Might Limit Avian Flu Spread, Research Contends

But experts don't think the approach is practical in the field

11/23/2005
Confusion Over Sick Kids and Daycare Reported

New study shows parents, doctors, childcare workers don't understand guidelines

11/22/2005
Holiday Toy Report Lists Perilous Playthings

Experts point to products that shouldn't make this year's gift list

11/18/2005
Doctors Not Heeding 'Black-Box' Warnings on Rx Drugs

For example, many aren't ordering lab tests as indicated on label, study finds

11/17/2005
DNA Identification During Disasters Needs Improving

Investigators involved in 9/11 say better system needed to sort things out

11/11/2005
Bird Flu Triggers Immune System 'Storm'

H5N1 virus spurs massive, and potentially deadly, inflammatory reaction, scientists say

11/10/2005
Could a House Plant Clean the Air?

As English ivy climbs, airborne contaminants fall, study finds

11/10/2005
Flu Vaccine Should Be Plentiful: CDC Chief

But local officials are reporting shortages

11/10/2005
Better Data Analysis Could Spot Drug Problems Earlier

Focusing on multiple patient factors reveals hidden risks, experts say

11/9/2005
Health Tip: Radon Gas Is Minimal In Open Air

But it can cause lung cancer in large amounts

11/9/2005
Hair Bleach May Trigger Asthma

Stylists' long-term exposure may also lead to rhinitis, study finds

11/8/2005
Child ATV Injuries On the Increase

U.S. study finds a three-year surge in all-terrain vehicle-related trauma

11/8/2005
Pediatrician Counseling Boosts Gun Safety at Home

Parents more likely to lock up firearms after brief intervention, study found

11/4/2005
Health Dangers Ease in The Big Easy

Mold remains the leading threat to those returning to New Orleans, experts say

11/3/2005
U.S. Lags Behind Other Nations in Health Care

More medical errors, higher costs than five other countries, survey shows

11/3/2005
U.N. Leader Outlines Bird Flu Fight Strategy

Stockpiling won't be sufficient, Annan says in laying out seven-point plan

11/2/2005
Experimental MS Drug Carries Dangers

Risk of fatal brain infection may outweigh Tysabri's benefits, study shows

11/2/2005
U.S. Details Plans to Combat Bird Flu

20 million doses of vaccine and surveillance networks are part of the strategy

11/2/2005
Nicotine Vaccine Shows Early Promise

Study found NicVAX helped 38% stay away from smoking for 30 days

11/1/2005
Too Many Drug Trials Stopped Early

'Benefits' from these highly publicized treatments are often fleeting, study finds

10/31/2005
New Approach Could Speed Creation of Flu Vaccines

But more research into reverse genetics is needed before widespread use, experts say