Safety and Public Health News

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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U.S. Allows Withdrawn MS Drug to Return in Clinical Trial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

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