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Presence of safety measures affects people's trust in the safety of tourist destinations
According to the asymmetry principle of trust, information on negative events decreases trust to a much higher extent than information on positive events increases trust. A new study in the journal Risk Analysis examined whether this notion holds true with respect to trust in the safety of tourist destinations. (2008-10-02)

Report: Communications technology among tools needed to aid miner safety
A new National Academy of Sciences report identifies tools that would help miners devise their own means of escape when trapped underground. (2013-03-15)

Emergency department may be an ideal setting for teaching home injury prevention
Hospital emergency departments may provide an effective setting, although perhaps an unexpected one, for parents to learn injury prevention. Using safety questionnaires and providing a kit full of childproofing devices, researchers studied parents of injured preschoolers in the emergency department. (2004-06-07)

Poll finds most Americans favor increased funding for stronger food safety oversight
Among likely voters surveyed across the nation, 66 percent support additional funding for the US Food and Drug Administration to carry out new responsibilities related to food safety, according to a Pew-commissioned poll released today by the bipartisan team of Hart Research and American Viewpoint. In addition, 74 percent feel it is worth a one-to-three percent increase in the cost of food to pay for new safety measures in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which became law this year. (2011-05-19)

UAB developing training program on Ebola for first responders in Deep South
UAB has received a grant to develop and implement Ebola and infectious disease training to further protect health care and public safety workers. (2016-06-01)

Health Canada's fast-tracked drug approvals can put public at risk
Dr. Joel Lexchin of York University has found that drugs streamed into Health Canada's 180-day priority review process are more likely to be withdrawn from the market or earn a serious safety warning than those that undergo the 300-day standard review. After accounting for other variables which may have caused this variation, the study concludes that the difference is likely due to the faster review time missing serious safety issues. (2012-10-08)

Study highlights risks of prescribing or monitoring errors in UK general practice
Around one in 100 patients in a study of over 500 UK general practices are at risk of receiving an inappropriate prescription and around one in 250 have no record of monitoring within the recommended time period, finds a study in The BMJ this week. (2015-11-03)

University of Tennessee professors study dilemmas in sustaining red light camera programs
Professors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have analyzed traffic control measures intended to boost red light revenue -- such as shortening yellow light time or increasing the speed limit on a street -- to determine if they compromise safety. (2013-08-13)

Families report adverse events in hospitalized children not tracked by health-care providers
Families of hospitalized children can provide valuable information about adverse events relating to their children's care that complements information documented by health-care professionals, states a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2011-11-21)

ACS webinar focuses on how chemistry keeps the food supply safe
News media and others interested in the chemical sciences are invited to join the next in a series of American Chemical Society Webinars, focusing on Professional Growth and Development. The webinar will be aired on Thursday, April 1, 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time. (2010-03-23)

Study: Every 1.7 minutes a Medicare beneficiary experiences a patient safety event
The 2009 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients were identified in a report issued today by the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Between 2005 and 2007, 913,215 total patient safety events were recorded among Medicare beneficiaries, which represents 2.3 percent of the nearly 38 million Medicare hospitalizations. This equates to one reported patient safety event every 1.7 minutes. (2009-04-07)

Johns Hopkins to aid The Leapfrog Group in grading the safety and quality of US hospitals
A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins' Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality has been tapped to provide scientific guidance to The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit known for publishing report cards detailing how hospitals perform in key quality and safety measures. (2012-12-12)

No link between oral contraceptives and myocardial infarction
There is no significantly increased risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) in women who use oral contraceptives, say researchers in this week's BMJ. (1999-06-11)

Road traffic accidents: the young people's pandemic
Road traffic accidents -- not AIDS, cancer or any other disease -- are the major cause of death for 15-19-year-olds worldwide. And there are many more male victims than female, says an editorial in this week's edition of the Lancet. (2007-04-19)

New Jersey hospital adds 'fifth protocol' to ensure organ donation safety
The heart transplant team at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick has added a new step in a safety checklist to guard against the possible organ mismatch that occurred in North Carolina. The change adds a fifth protocol to what had been a four-step safety check system to ensure that donor organs are compatible to their recipients. (2003-02-21)

Neighborhood safety may play role in obesity
Mothers of young children are more likely to be obese when they perceive their neighborhoods as unsafe, according to a new study. Other researchers have hypothesized a link between neighborhood safety and obesity, but this was the first study to evaluate the association among adults. (2006-05-02)

IFT And NRA To Co-Host Food Safety Forum For Restaurateurs And Food Retailers
A newly formed strategic alliance between the Institute of Food Technologists and the National Restaurant Association will debut with a special forum on food safety at the annual meetings of both organizations this summer in Chicago. The forum (1999-05-12)

Aviation fuel is best served well chilled
A simple idea by a Texan inventor could make flying much safer without the need for any expensive modifications. Cooling fuel before it is put into aircraft prevents any build up of explosive fumes in the fuel tanks. (1999-09-22)

UT Institute of Agriculture to develop national training program for produce food safety
The Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture's College of Veterinary Medicine announced it has received a $1.5 million grant from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The center will play a key role in supporting implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law in 2011. (2015-09-16)

Education, in-home inspections key to fire prevention
University of Louisville School of Nursing associate professor Carlee Lehna, Ph.D., and her team are collaborating with the Office of Child Advocacy at Kosair Children's Hospital and the Louisville Fire Department to enhance fire prevention education. Supported by a $300,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, their goal is to reduce burn injuries in newborns and senior adults. (2013-11-22)

Many grandparent caregivers unaware of newer safety guidelines
The number of grandparent caregivers continues to grow, and while these older adults may be experienced in caring for young children, many are unaware of more recent safety and other recommendations -- including those related to appropriate child sleep position, crib safety, car seat and walker use, according to research presented Oct. 21 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. (2012-10-21)

NASA Marshall Center selects Hernandez Engineering for $35 million contract
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has selected Hernandez Engineering, Inc. of Houston, Tex., for a contract to provide mission services to Marshall's Safety and Mission Assurance Office. (2000-09-21)

Positive results from phase 1 clinical trials of cuprindro
Medical Therapies Limited today announced that it has completed its (2008-02-14)

Medical/dental insurance databases and drug safety surveillance
Recent failures of the drug safety surveillance system in the United States and abroad, as evidenced by market withdrawals of commonly used medications, call attention to the many limitations to the monitoring of long-term drug safety. Although drug safety evaluation is primarily performed during clinical development, clinical trials are not efficient in identifying rare adverse effects. Similarly, the post-market system suffers from inherent limitations, including the under-reporting of voluntary reports of adverse effects. (2006-03-10)

Thumbs down for new testosterone patch to boost women's sex drive
A new testosterone patch, designed to pep up a woman's flagging sex drive after womb and ovary removal, may not work, and its long term safety is not proven, says Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin. (2009-03-02)

USDA grant to educate AIDS patients about food safety
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health have received a grant from the US Department of Agriculture to educate AIDS patients on food safety. (2009-08-24)

Researchers tackle physician challenge of correctly ordering laboratory tests
A new study involving researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine has identified barriers that clinicians face in correctly ordering appropriate laboratory tests and highlights some solutions that may simplify this process and improve patient outcomes. (2013-03-21)

USP's hospital medication error report supports key patient safety goals
Data from the most recent report on medication errors compiled by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) supports several key patient safety goals outlined by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in the areas of patient identification, communication, high-alert medications, and use of infusion pumps. (2003-12-08)

Government resources urgently needed to reduce childhood injury, say experts
Childhood injury surveillance in the UK is under-resourced and lags behind other European countries, say experts in this week's BMJ, ahead of UK Child Safety Week on June 23. (2008-06-19)

New publication addresses safety of imported foods
As the proportion of imported foods in the food supply continues to increase, Americans are putting themselves at a potentially greater risk for foodborne disease as some countries may not have the same sanitary standards as the US. (2008-07-30)

MSU food safety experts say Chinese imports need to improve
Over recent months, a long list of consumer goods from China -- everything from seafood to toothpaste to toys -- have been the objects of recalls. And while some quality-control improvements are being made, a team of MSU researchers just back from China say they still have a long way to go. (2007-11-27)

Crash experts find car seats protect overweight kids, too
Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention found no evidence of increased injury risk among crash-involved children across a broad weight range, when they were properly restrained in the correct child safety seat or booster seat for their height and weight. (2011-11-29)

Young women unfamiliar with safety, effectiveness of IUD
The IUD might be one of the best-kept birth control secrets for young women, according to researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center. (2006-12-15)

New study: Publicizing OSHA violations increases compliance
A single press release naming a company that has violated workplace health and safety regulations can result in a 73 percent improvement in compliance by other facilities, a Duke researcher finds in a study published in the American Economic Review. 'OSHA would have to conduct an additional 210 inspections to elicit the same improvement in compliance as sparked by a single press release about severe violations,' said researcher Matthew S. Johnson. (2020-06-18)

Study finds Oregon workplace safety monitoring needs to be more timely to help workers
A recent study evaluating the effectiveness of Oregon's occupational health monitoring system concludes that the state needs to collect and share data about workplace dangers in a more timely, relevant fashion to allow for rapid intervention. (2020-06-25)

What are the risks of student cyberbullying?
Details of a survey of middle and high school student attitudes to cyberbullying and online safety will be published in the International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments. The analysis of the results shows that many children are bullied and few understand internet safety. (2013-09-05)

Responsible science for do-it-yourself biologists
The Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center is partnering with DIYbio.org, on a project to ensure safety within the rapidly expanding community of amateur biologists. The project is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and will seek to promote innovation and education within the DIYbio community while ensuring safe science. (2010-06-29)

National Academies advisory: Safety research on highway infrastructure and operations
The National Academies is issuing a new report. (2008-06-17)

China, Taiwan strengthen food safety laws
China and Taiwan have enhanced the powers of their Food and Drug Administrations to be more effective in ensuring food safety and guarding against food fraud, according to a July 13 panel discussion at IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago. (2015-07-15)

Association of American Railroads selects Virginia Tech to host new research lab
Railroad traffic -- both freight and passenger -- has increased to record levels in the United States during the past few years, and the railroad industry is in need of new technologies to help ensure the future of railway infrastructure and operations. The Association of American Railroads has chosen Virginia Tech's College of Engineering to host an affiliated laboratory for research in critical technical areas. (2004-10-07)

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