Safety and Public Health News

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5/23/2005
Computer Systems Aren't Reducing Medical Errors

Study finds continuing high rates of mistakes in hospitals

5/23/2005
Drunkeness Triples College Kids' Auto Injury Risk

It also greatly raises risks for falls, sexual abuse, study finds

5/21/2005
U.S. Surgeon General Offers Toddler Health Tips

Monitoring, teaching and praising kids can keep them safe and feeling loved

5/17/2005
Science Moving Closer to Plague Vaccine

New approach works in mice, but effectiveness in humans unknown

5/17/2005
Breast Shield Cuts CT Scan Radiation

Inventors hope to safeguard women from harmful rays

5/17/2005
Child Abuse Death Risk High in Military Families

Homicide rates doubled near army bases, study found

5/16/2005
CDC Declares End to U.S. Rubella Threat

The virus was once a major cause of birth defects and deafness

5/15/2005
Most Kids Treated at Non-Children's Hospitals

Pediatric resources may be lower at generalist centers, researchers warn

5/14/2005
Shattered Eyeglasses Putting Kids at Risk

Falls and sports-related injuries major causes, study finds

5/13/2005
Green Laser Pointers Point to Danger

Sustained targeting of eye could cause real damage, study finds

5/13/2005
Monitoring of Drug Side Effects Lacking

Almost half of outpatients aren't getting recommended tests, study finds

5/11/2005
Gastro, Antipsychotic Meds Linked to Cardiac Death

European study finds they interfere with heart rhythm

5/7/2005
Don't Get Ticked Off This Summer

Simple tips should keep outdoor fun tick-free

5/2/2005
Safety Gap Widening Between Best, Worst Hospitals

Study finds patient safety incidents, infections increased

5/2/2005
Movie Ratings Miss the Violence

Researchers find PG, PG-13 and R tags often don't reflect violence levels

4/27/2005
Homicides More Likely at Workplaces That Allow Guns

Study found almost seven times greater risk of death in these settings

4/25/2005
Drinking-and-Driving On the Rise Again

Reports of driving while impaired linked to binge drinking

4/22/2005
Women, Young People At Highest Sunburn Risk

Behaviors may make these groups more vulnerable to skin cancer

4/22/2005
Cameras at Intersections Can Reduce Accidents

Study suggests these traffic monitors do change driver behavior

4/21/2005
Missing Killer Flu Virus Sample Count Not Clear: CDC

Top official estimates two dozen samples still to be found

4/19/2005
Most U.S. Kids Now Vaccinated Against Chickenpox

Ten years after inoculation's launch, 85 percent are immunized

4/19/2005
U.S. Mercury Levels No Threat to Adult Brain

Study suggests current EPA emissions standard may be sufficient

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