Safety and Public Health News

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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

1/24/2005
Study: Avian Flu Was Transmitted Between Humans

Mother and daughter died in Thailand incident involving diseased chickens

1/23/2005
U.S. Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Contaminated

Animal-based molecule could render cells useless for therapy, researcher claims

1/21/2005
Update: Grapefruit Juice-Drug Interactions Still Pose Risks

Nursing journal sends out renewed warning on potentially dangerous consequences

1/18/2005
Bextra Data Suggests All Cox-2 Drugs Pose Heart Risks

Painkiller linked to cardiovascular dangers in latest research

1/17/2005
Flu Vaccine Shortage Is Now a Surplus

States starting to lift restrictions on who can get a shot

1/14/2005
Americans Could Lose Access to Canadian Drugs

Ottawa may restrict Internet trade

1/12/2005
Report Calls for Tougher Oversight of Alternative Medicine

It also suggests stricter regulation of dietary supplements

1/12/2005
U.S. Campaign Urges Cautious Use of Antibiotics

CDC reminds public about dangers of bacterial resistance

1/12/2005
Malaria Makes Comeback In U.S. Soldiers Returning From Afghanistan

Failure to take their medications appears to be the cause, study says

1/10/2005
Musks in Fragrances May Weaken Immune System, Study Says

Researchers found synthetic ingredient in soaps, cosmetics and detergents poses danger

1/7/2005
Unexploded Afghan Ammo a Threat to Kids

Causing more injuries, deaths among children than land mines, study says

1/7/2005
Flu Season a Mild One... So Far

Experts caution the worst may be yet to come

12/22/2004
Amalgam Fillings Get Green Light

Review finds insufficient evidence they cause health problems

12/15/2004
Drugs Better Than Shots for Anthrax, Study Finds

Mass immunization found to be less effective in outbreak

12/14/2004
U.S. Launching Human Trial of SARS Vaccine

DNA-based vaccine has several advantages, experts say

12/9/2004
Iraq War Changes Face of Military Medicine

U.S. troop death rates are lower as surgeons face new challenges

12/8/2004
Web Can Quickly Spot Disease Outbreaks

E-mail networks can sound the call before the government knows

12/6/2004
U.S. Moves to Further Protect Food Supply

Effort is last of four measures to head off bioterror threat

11/30/2004
Scans Explain Puzzling Cough in 9/11 Workers

Special test identified condition found in elderly, smokers

11/29/2004
Cigarette Ads in Convenience Stores May Boost Teen Smoking

Study finds kids who frequent the shops are more likely to pick up the habit

11/19/2004
How Safe Are the 5 Drugs?

FDA, pharmaceuticals defend process after insider names questionable medications

11/11/2004
Estrogen in Contraceptives Threatens Fish Populations

Damage ability of male zebrafish to fertilize eggs

11/5/2004
9/11 Hit Job-Stressed Women Hardest

They were more likely to feel anxious, drink too much, researchers found

11/4/2004
U.S. to Stockpile New Anthrax Vaccine

Plans are to have enough to inoculate 25 million people

11/2/2004
Early Cancer Drug Trials Less Dangerous Than Before

Safer medicines, better oversight cited as reasons behind trend

10/29/2004
Try Some Healthy Halloween Treats

Dressing up fruits, veggies in caramel, chocolate, peanut butter increases appeal

10/29/2004
Mind the Cars, Not Just the Candy, for a Happy Halloween

Experts suggest how to help kids step out safely

10/29/2004
New Anthrax Test Offers Quick Results

Faster diagnosis could help save lives, experts say