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Promoting child safety with computers
Parents who receive safety information tailored to their family's specific circumstances are significantly more likely to follow safety recommendations compared to parents who receive general information. Computer technology that provides parents with customized safety information can be an effective way to help their children avoid injury. (2007-08-06)

Computers pass dosage test for thrombosis drugs
The largest ever study into the administration of blood thinning drugs like Warfarin has concluded that dosages calculated by computer are at least as safe and reliable as those provided by trained medical professionals. (2007-07-19)

Are parking garages safe during hurricanes?
Recently, Dr. Thomas Schmidlin, meteorologist and professor of geography at Kent State University, completed research determining the safety of using parking garages for the general public as a (2007-06-28)

U of M researchers assess effectiveness of computerized physician order entry system
The incidence of medication errors can be reduced by implementing a computerized physician order entry system, according to a review of several studies conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota. (2007-06-27)

Drug surveillance system needs to be fixed
The current drug surveillance system needs to be fixed, argues an editorial in this week' BMJ. The call follows a recent analysis of the diabetes drug rosiglitazone which raised serious questions about the drug's safety. (2007-06-14)

New system for reporting toxicity burden of cancer treatment
A new system for reporting the relative toxicity burden of different cancer treatments is proposed in an article published early online and in the July edition of the Lancet Oncology (2007-05-30)

Rosiglitazone -- Seeking a balanced approach to avoid panic among patients
A calmer and more considered approach to the safety of rosiglitazone (Avandia) -- the GlaxoSmithKline treatment for type 2 diabetes -- is needed to avoid unnecessary panic among patients, says an Editorial published early Online today and in an upcoming edition of The Lancet. (2007-05-23)

Primary enforcement law, educational campaign needed to increase Missouri teen seatbelt use
Researchers at University of Missouri-Columbia's Institute of Public Policy recently conducted a study on seatbelt use among Missouri teens. Based on the study results, the researchers recommend that the state continue its teen-focused information campaign and enact primary enforcement seatbelt laws. (2007-05-22)

U of M faculty honored by US FDA for contributions to national food safety and defense
Three University of Minnesota faculty members will be awarded special citations from the US Food and Drug Administration for their contributions to maintaining and promoting national food safety and defense. The awards will be presented at the 47th annual FDA Honor Awards Ceremony, (2007-05-11)

IDSA urges Congress to support Hatch amendments
The Infectious Diseases Society of American is calling on members of Congress to support the (2007-04-26)

New University of Leicester study could help stroke victims
University at forefront of international research on stroke. (2007-04-24)

Safer air traffic with EGNOS
Vertical guidance by means of signals from the sky: this is what EGNOS, the first European satellite navigation service, will offer pilots during approach and landing. (2007-04-20)

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)

High-pressure chemistry in ultra small pressure cooker
Small, clever process technology is essential for the future, but is it possible? Dutch-sponsored researcher Fernando Benito López investigated the possibilities of the so-called lab-on-a-chip: microreactor chips in which chemical reactions can take place under (high) pressure. The results were very promising. The reaction rate increased compared to conventional equipment, the measurements were accurate and safety was not a problem. Moreover it was possible to follow and regulate the reaction during the process. (2007-04-13)

Consumer nail gun injuries spike
According to new statistics that would make Bob Vila cringe, the number of injuries from nail guns has almost doubled since 2001. And researchers say that more and more it is do-it-yourselfers who are feeling the pain. (2007-04-13)

Hospital errors rise 3 percent -- HealthGrades patient-safety study
Patient safety incidents at the nation's hospitals rose three percent over the years 2003 to 2005, but the nation's top-performing hospitals had a 40 percent lower rate of medical errors when compared with the poorest-performing hospitals, according to the largest annual study of patient-safety issued today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings company. (2007-04-02)

Position of car indicator lights affects safety -- designers should take note
People find it harder to make rapid decisions about which way a car will turn if its amber indicator lights are inside the headlights (i.e. nearer the middle of the car) than if the indicator lights are outside the headlights, according to research published today in the Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology. (2007-03-21)

National experts and nonprofit organizations call to end FDA user fees and to improve drug safety
Opposition to current drug safety legislation is growing, as a group of 22 experts on drug safety and regulation and a coalition of 12 patient, consumer, science, and public health organizations issue two separate open letters to lawmakers. The letters asks Congress to not reauthorize the user fees legislation (PDUFA) that finances the FDA's review of new drugs, and calls for substantial changes to drug safety legislation introduced by Senators Kennedy and Enzi. (2007-03-14)

Taking the wraps off drug safety data from clinical trials
A new analysis by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital of laws and regulations governing public disclosure of clinical trial data submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration suggests changes should be made to the way the FDA implements its policy regarding the confidentiality of those data. (2007-03-06)

Medical, IT, engineering experts form advisory panel for electronic health record safety
A group of leading healthcare, information technology and engineering experts have formed an advisory panel to the Geisinger Health System-organized Electronic Health Record Safety Institute. The group has established a mission statement and will address any safety or effectiveness issues relating to EHR development and implementation. Release includes comments from experts and group goals. (2007-03-05)

Food Quality Magazine presents 6th annual award
Global publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced that Hormel Foods Corporation is the winner of the 6th Annual Food Quality Award. Sponsored by DuPont Qualicon and presented by Food Quality Magazine, the Food Quality Award honors food companies that have demonstrated success in protecting consumer health, improving consumer satisfaction, and safeguarding the North American food supply. A panel of judges selects the winner after reviewing entries submitted by self-nominated companies. (2007-03-01)

Change in webcast time for Wednesday event on NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center progress report
The earliest and most extensive exposures to engineered nanoparticles are most likely to occur in the workplace. In fact, such exposures are already occurring. What progress has been made in understanding and preventing work-related injuries and illnesses potentially caused by nanoparticles and nanomaterials? This question is the focus of an event on Wednesday, February 28, at 12:30 p.m. in the 5th Floor Conference Room of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; webcast at 2:30 p.m. (2007-02-27)

Understanding occupational safety and health issues of nanotechnology
The earliest and most extensive exposures to engineered nanoparticles are most likely to occur in the workplace. In fact, such exposures are already occurring. What progress has been made in understanding and preventing work-related injuries and illnesses potentially caused by nanoparticles and nanomaterials? This question is the focus of an event and live webcast on Wednesday, February 28th at 12:30 p.m. in the 5th Floor Conference Room of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. (2007-02-22)

Drug safety recommendations lack scientific evidence
During the past several years, there has been a perceived drug safety crisis in the United States. The Institute of Medicine (IOM), recently released it final recommendations for reforming the US drug safety system, but an editorial published today in Health Economics by Tomas Philipson and colleagues at the University of Chicago finds little evidence of a drug safety crisis and no scientific evidence to back up the IOM's recommendations. (2007-02-21)

Scuba science
For divers exploring the ocean for science, the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) hosts an annual symposium, and this year it will be held in Miami, March 5-10, hosted by and at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. (2007-02-15)

RX for wrong-site surgery -- 2 minutes of conversation
A study of Johns Hopkins surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses suggests that hospital policies requiring a brief preoperation (2007-01-23)

Re-examining long-held beliefs about food safety
Old habits die hard. In the case of food handling and food safety, this adage is true, as many long-held beliefs are no longer valid in the wake of new technologies and understanding of the microbiology of food safety, according to a new book from ASM Press. (2007-01-16)

Regulation set to take effect tomorrow, Jan. 5, 2007, is designed to reduce medication errors in California hospitals and free pharmacists for greater involvement in direct patient care rather than in non-discretionary (clerical) tasks. The new regulation will allow general acute-care hospitals to employ specially trained pharmacy technicians to check medication cassettes and the work of other technicians, thereby freeing pharmacists to expand their role in patient care areas to ensure the safety of the medication use process. (2007-01-04)

Safer ICUs: Cheap, simple, 'low-tech' steps work
Hospitals will quickly slash the rate of common, costly and potentially lethal catheter-related bloodstream infections in their intensive care units (ICUs) by using cheap, low-tech, common-sense measures like hand washing, timely removal of unneeded catheters and use of sites other than the groin to place lines when possible, according to a report from safety experts at Johns Hopkins in the Dec. 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (2006-12-27)

Application of micro and nanotechnologies for the rapid detection of pesticides and pathogens
Being involved as it is in the field of micro and nanotechnologies, AZTI-Tecnalia is currently taking part in the validation of microsystems for their application in foodstuffs, collaborating in the development of improvements in the (2006-12-18)

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)

Hospitals miss most patient safety incidents
Hospital reporting systems may significantly under-report patient safety incidents, particularly those resulting in harm, warns a study published in the British Medical Journal online today. The authors suggest that the current system, which relies on voluntary reporting, may not be sufficient if the NHS is to gather accurate information on the extent of harm resulting from patient safety incidents. (2006-12-14)

Combination of technologies works best against E. coli
No one weapon in the food-safety arsenal will take out E. coli 0157:H7, a nasty little pathogen that's becoming far too familiar to Americans, say University of Illinois scientists Scott Martin and Hao Feng. (2006-12-12)

Sustainable nuclear energy moves a step closer
In future a new generation of nuclear reactors will create energy, while producing virtually no long-lasting nuclear waste, according to research conducted by Wilfred van Rooijen, who will receive his Delft University of Technology Ph.D. degree based on this research subject on Tuesday, December 12. (2006-12-11)

Family and friends set the speedo
If your family and friends approve of speeding, then chances are you are more likely to plant your foot on the accelerator, a study by Queensland University of Technology has found. (2006-12-10)

Young infants should not be left unattended to sleep in car safety seats
Young infants should not be left unattended to sleep in standard car safety seats, warn researchers in this week's BMJ. Infant car safety seats are vital to protect young infants from injury and death in motor vehicle accidents, write Professor Alistair Gunn and Colleagues. (2006-12-07)

Parkinson disease can lead to errors on driving test
People with Parkinson disease were more likely to make more safety mistakes during a driving test than people with no neurological disorders, according to a study published in the Nov. 28, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2006-11-27)

LSU Health Sciences Center research to improve patient safety
Sheila W. Chauvin, M.Ed., Ph.D., Director of the Office of Medical Education Research and Development at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, has been awarded a half million dollar grant to evaluate the influence of simulation on enhancing teamwork and a culture of patient safety in the operating room environment. (2006-11-15)

Leading healthcare authorities to address safety and effectiveness
Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., is organizing a national panel to study the effectiveness and safety of electronic health records. The group of renown experts includes representatives from MIT, Kaiser Northwest Health Plan, the American College of Physicians and the Markle Foundation. (2006-11-14)

Flu vaccine appears safe for young children
Use of the influenza vaccine in children six to 23 months is not associated with an increased risk for a medical visit for any serious conditions, according to a study in the Oct. 25 issue of JAMA. (2006-10-24)

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