Safety and Public Health News

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4/19/2005
Post-Attack Vaccine Plus Antibiotics Best Against Anthrax Release

Large scale pre-attack immunization isn't cost-effective, study found

4/17/2005
Web Site Gives Info on Grapefruit/Drug Interactions

Experts note that intake of this fruit won't affect most medications

4/15/2005
Ephedra Court Ruling Rekindles Debate

Herb's safety and FDA's power to regulate it at issue, experts say

4/15/2005
Two-Drug Combo May Best Replace Bextra, Vioxx

Non-cox-2 painkiller plus an acid-reducer is safer and cheaper, study finds

4/14/2005
Report: Set Federal Standards for Cord Blood Banks

Stored umbilical cord blood an increasingly useful source of stem cells

4/14/2005
U.S. Seeks Cause of Flu Virus Mix-Up

Destruction of dangerous pathogen continues; no reports of illness

4/13/2005
Deadly Flu Virus Mistakenly Sent to Thousands of Labs

Test facilities in 18 countries scramble to destroy 1957 killer 'Asian Flu' virus; U.S. health official says public exposure threat low

4/11/2005
Study: Cell Phones Won't Raise Brain Tumor Risk

Danish researchers examined phone records stretching back 10 years

4/11/2005
Injuries Rising as More Kids Take Up Golf

Head trauma from cart accidents most common, study finds

4/10/2005
Knowing When Prescription Drugs Are Safe

New guide shows consumers how to spot counterfeit drugs

4/8/2005
School Bus Fumes Worst for Kids on Board

Study finds there's more bad air inside than out

4/7/2005
Pfizer Withdraws Bextra From Market

Move follows FDA concerns about drug's health risks

4/4/2005
U.S. Parents Exposing Children to Cigarette Smoke

Forty percent allow smoking around kids in the family home

4/4/2005
MTV Generation Not Attuned to Hearing Loss

Nearly two-thirds say ears are ringing as they leave rock concerts

3/31/2005
Sports Victories Spur Injuries

Assaults seem to surge when the home team wins

3/29/2005
Studies: SARS May Spread Through the Air

Airborne virus was detected in patient's hospital room

3/24/2005
World's Children Dying From Common, Treatable Infections

Prevention and care could slash child deaths by two-thirds, expert says

3/24/2005
Human Tests of Avian Flu Vaccine to Begin in U.S.

Multi-center trial should have early results within seven months

3/24/2005
Health Tip: Backpack Injuries

Is your child at risk?

3/22/2005
Innovative Methods Could Stop Anthrax

Disinfectant-soaked clothing and antibodies grown in plants may fight infection

3/21/2005
Consumer Confusion Persists on Painkillers' Safety

Some patients quit cox-2 therapy; others have cut back as questions remain

3/21/2005
Breath Test Could Spot Bioterror Bugs

Infection screen would speed treatment decisions, reseachers say

3/17/2005
More Clues Come in Possible HIV 'Superbug' Case

Researchers concerned about the speed with which the virus strain replicated

3/16/2005
Journal Commentary Labels FDA 'Timid and Toothless'

New England Journal of Medicine article claims agency too tied to industry

3/15/2005
Many Hospital Execs Oppose Mandatory Error Reporting

Most think it won't help patients but will encourage lawsuits, survey finds

3/14/2005
Researchers Test for Toxic Tattoos

Metals in ink might pose real harm, they say

3/13/2005
Free Pamphlets Suggest Safe Syringe Disposal

EPA info, available online, offers tips to diabetics and others

3/10/2005
Flying the Infectious Skies?

Officials could do more to protect passengers from airborne disease, researchers contend

3/10/2005
Consumer Drug Ads Facing Their Moment of Truth

Less show, more show-and-tell seen in wake of drug safety hearings

3/8/2005
Kids' ATV Injuries Rising

Hospitalizations increased nearly 80 percent between 1997-2000, study finds

3/8/2005
MRI Safe for Those With Pacemakers, Defibrillators

The finding applies only to recent models of these implanted devices, however

3/6/2005
Keeping An Eye On Workplace Eye Safety

2,000 U.S. workers suffer eye injuries each day, experts warn

3/3/2005
Report: Smallpox Vaccination Program Fell Short

CDC lost the public's confidence, review finds

3/1/2005
Medication Errors Common During Hospital Admission

Researchers found mistakes in 53 percent of patients admitted

2/24/2005
How Big Tobacco Tells Its Side of the Story

Industry finances journal that prints secondhand smoke reports, study finds

2/24/2005
Anthrax Attacks Left a Lingering Mistrust

Victims say health officials acted poorly in 2001 crisis

2/19/2005
Health Experts Wary After FDA Panel's Cox-2 Recommendations

The painkillers' problems haven't gone away, they say

2/19/2005
Painkillers Should All Stay on Market, Despite Heart Risks: FDA Panel

Advisers vote to recommend keeping Celebrex, Vioxx and Bextra available while finding all raise cardiovascular risks

2/18/2005
Patients Urge FDA Panel Not to Ban Painkillers

Hearing gets personal tales of pain relief with cox-2s

2/17/2005
FDA Whistleblower Warns of Cox-2 Risks

Vioxx increases heart dangers dramatically, Graham tells government advisers

2/16/2005
Antibiotic 'Partner Packets' Cut STD Rates

Free medication handouts keep re-infection rates low

2/16/2005
Cox-2 Drugs Take Center Stage at Government Hearings

First of three days of testimony gets underway

2/14/2005
Flu Vaccine Doesn't Shield Seniors as Much as Thought

Study finds mortality rates flat since 80s, despite increased vaccination

2/14/2005
Genetically Modified Potato Carries Hep B Vaccine

Discovery an alternative to inconvenient injections in developing world, study says

2/9/2005
Wider HIV Testing Would Save Lives, Dollars

Two studies find testing cost-effective but underused

2/2/2005
Chickenpox Vaccine Saving Lives

Deaths down since program began in 1995, CDC reports

2/1/2005
Doctors Often Missing Patient Information

Key data not there for 1 of every 7 visits, study finds

1/28/2005
Smallpox Vaccine Risky for Some

People with skin conditions, immune disorders susceptible

1/24/2005
Study Blames Vioxx for Up to 140,000 Cases of Heart Disease

As many as 40 percent of cases may have been fatal, FDA scientist contends

1/24/2005
Self-Extinguishing Cigarettes Lower Fire Danger

If other states followed New York's lead, number of deaths would drop, study says