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Attitudes towards traffic safety worldwide
The general aim of this work was to contribute to traffic safety by understanding the differences in traffic culture in countries worldwide. (2016-08-30)

Analysis provides reassurance on the safety of biosimilars
Biosimilars have been available in the European Union since 2006. (2017-11-22)

Major new initiative for patient safety in Europe unveiled
A major new initiative for patient safety in Europe is today launched by Professor Eberhard Kochs, President of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA). The new European Patient Safety Foundation, covering all aspects of patient safety was announced by Professor Kochs during his welcome address on Saturday 1 June at the ESA's annual European Anaesthesiology Congress in Barcelona, Spain (1-4 June). (2013-06-01)

New SafeNet System Lets Individual Safety Devices Actually Talk To Each Other
Safety systems have long preferred to stay in splendid paranoid isolation. Now a new integrated approach to safety systems has been devised called SafeNet which allows a manufacturing plant, or other system operator, to integrate all their safety systems in a single network. (1999-01-28)

Workplace safety at risk due to de-regulation of health and safety policies
A report by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University has found that workplace safety has been put at risk due to changes in health and safety policies over the past decade. (2010-07-15)

New Patient Safety Officer Society will help officers reduce hospital errors
More than 200 patient safety officers from 30 states and five countries have joined together to form the nonprofit Patient Safety Officer Society. Patient safety officers are healthcare professionals whose work focuses on reducing preventable medical errors and enhancing overall patient care safety. (2002-06-13)

Nearly 1 in 3 drugs found to have safety concerns after FDA approval
Researchers have found that for drugs approved between 2001 and 2010, nearly 1 in 3 had a postmarket safety event. (2017-05-09)

Derrida's deconstruction to help safety industry
A technique used by academics to analyse poetry and books may soon help industry to find out whether computer safety systems really ARE safe. UK researchers are investigating whether the technique deconstruction - devised by the French philosopher Derrida - can help regulatory bodies read between the lines of written safety cases. Lead researcher is Dr Jim Armstrong, who holds a first degree in English Literature and a PhD in Computing Science. (2002-01-28)

Traffic safety, alcohol and drugs
In August 2010, researchers and experts on drugs, alcohol and medicines will take part in the T2010 conference, the tri-annual meeting of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety. This year's meeting is being hosted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. (2010-05-20)

Is HPV vaccination safe for adult women?
In a Journal of Internal Medicine study of more than 3 million Danish and Swedish adult women, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination was not linked with 44 serious chronic diseases. (2017-10-18)

Comprehensive safety testing of COVID-19 vaccines based on experience with prior vaccines
'The urgent need for COVID-19 vaccines must be balanced with the imperative of ensuring safety and public confidence in vaccines by following the established clinical safety testing protocols throughout vaccine development, including both pre- and post-deployment,' write David M. Knipe and colleagues in this Perspective. (2020-11-17)

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

$1 million awarded to Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing-led research team
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing professor, Dr. Diane Doran, was awarded more than $1 million for research that will help protect the safety of over 900,000 Canadians who receive health care services in their homes every day. (2010-09-23)

The Ames Laboratory named an industry safety leader
The US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has been named a 2010 Industry Leader Award winner by the National Safety Council. The Ames Laboratory was one of only 81 companies/organizations to receive the award for their safety performance and the only DOE national laboratory on the list. The award represents the top 5 percent of members that have qualified for the National Safety Council 2010 Occupational Excellence Achievement Award, based on 2009 calendar year data. (2010-08-06)

Pew commends FDA for releasing draft rules to make imported foods safer
The Pew Charitable Trusts commended the US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, today for issuing two draft rules needed to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. (2013-07-26)

Pew Health Group statement on Senate mark up of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510)
Sandra Eskin, director of the Pew Health Group's Food Safety Campaign, today issued the following statement regarding the markup of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee: (2009-11-18)

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)

Safety net health provider
A two-year study, which began Oct. 1 at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, will look at how safety net organizations in Michigan are coping with the current environment. (2001-11-05)

Cranfield professor receives top safety award
Professor Helen Muir from Cranfield University's College of Aeronautics has been awarded the Whittle Safety Award by the International Federation of Airworthiness. This is in recognition of her work on emergency cabin situations and passenger reactions. (1999-12-06)

Is very low LDL-C harmful?
Low-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (LDL-C) is a major Cardiovascular (CV) risk factor. Accumulating evidence supports a linear association between LDL-C levels and CV risk. However, the lower limit of LDL-C that might offer CV benefits without any safety concerns is still a topic of debate.Achieving an LDL-C of 40-50 mg/dl seems to be safe, and importantly might offer CV beneficial effects. Data for attaining levels below 25 mg/dl is limited, however in favor of such reductions. (2019-01-01)

Recalls, food worries spark booming business in food safety
Recalls of ground beef, peanut butter and other foods have done more than raise public awareness and concern about food safety. They also are quietly fueling a boom in the market for food testing equipment and fostering new food safety regulations. That's the topic of the two-part cover story in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly newsmagazine. (2009-12-02)

When it comes to EMS safety, worker perception may reflect reality, Pitt study finds
Poor perceptions about workplace safety culture among emergency medical services workers is associated with negative patient and provider safety outcomes -- the first time such a link has been shown in the pre-hospital setting, according to a study by University of Pittsburgh researchers that now appears online in Prehospital Emergency Care and is scheduled to be published in the January-March print edition. (2011-11-17)

New safety concerns identified for 1 in 3 FDA-approved drugs
Nearly 1 out of every 3 drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have a new safety issue detected in the years after approval, says a Yale-led study. While most of the safety concerns are not serious enough to require withdrawal of a drug from the market, the finding highlights the need for ongoing surveillance of new drugs in the post-market period, said the researchers. (2017-05-09)

No evidence that regulations on construction sites reduce fatal and nonfatal accidents
Construction workers are frequently exposed to injury-inducing hazards, and various interventions have been proposed to make the work safer. This Cochrane Review has concluded that regulatory interventions did not show either an initial or a sustained effect on reducing fatal or nonfatal injuries. (2007-10-16)

Risk and Safety in Medical Innovation
Risks associated with new drugs and medical devices challenge expectations for progress in medicine and can undermine public trust in industry, physicians, and the government. The talks, at this conference, will help explain the historical development of modern notions of risk and safety while emphasizing their contingent and context-dependent character. They will also provide a comparative background for evaluating contemporary problems in medical innovation. (2002-12-30)

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)

Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions
On Nov. 6, 2014, nutrition and food science researchers and agricultural policymakers will gather to discuss issues of food security, economics, policy and communication related to food safety at 'Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions.' A networking reception will follow the event. (2014-03-28)

European working time directive may put doctors' and patients' lives at risk
The European working time directive may put doctors' and patients' lives at risk, warn experts in this week's BMJ. (2005-06-16)

Patients prefer to challenge nurses rather than doctors on safety issues
Patients prefer to challenge nurses rather than doctors about safety issues related to their care, reveals research in the journal Quality and Safety in Health Care. (2008-04-02)

Television cooking shows overlook safe food handling practices
Television cooking shows are an important resource for home cooks, but if these shows fail to model recommended food safety measures, it may lead to poor practices among consumers. Therefore, researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst devised a study to assess food safety on television food shows and determine whether they present positive or negative models for viewers. (2016-11-08)

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)

Safety events common for pharmaceuticals and biologics after FDA approval
Among more than 200 new pharmaceuticals and biologics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration from 2001 through 2010, nearly a third were affected by a postmarket safety event such as issuance of a boxed warning or safety communication, according to a study published by JAMA. (2017-05-09)

Study finds hospitals of last resort deliver lower quality of lung cancer care
A new study finds that patients treated in hospitals that care for a high percentage of uninsured and Medicaid-insured patients were significantly less likely to undergo surgery that was intended to cure the cancer. (2011-09-09)

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)

Bringing back transparency in drug regulations at Health Canada
Physicians, researchers and other members of the biomedical community in Canada should demand information on drug safety and effectiveness, argues Matthew Herder, law professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (2015-12-21)

Medication errors in critical care: Risk factors and prevention
Medication errors account for 78 percent of serious medical errors in the intensive care unit but there are strategies that can help reduce errors and improve patient safety, write a team of Calgary researchers in an article in CMAJ. (2009-04-27)

A new approach to patient safety proactively addresses common health care system successes
Clinical researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have published one of the first health care studies to examine how behavior aligned with Safety II concepts impacts patient safety. Safety II is a novel approach to patient safety that focuses on why processes perform correctly in high-performing units, as opposed to its predecessor, Safety I, which focuses on why processes fail. (2018-05-08)

Researchers seek ways to reduce children's injury risk
Pediatricians can provide enhanced safety counseling to parents of young children, but parents, especially low income urban families, need additional services to help them follow the advice. This study found that the combination of pediatric counseling and a place where parents could go to purchase safety products at a reduced cost and get additional information was successful in increasing safety practices. A visit to each home by a community health worker offered no benefits. (2002-01-14)

Despite financial challenges, safety-net hospitals provide high quality care
A Yale study of the care quality received at safety-net hospitals -- which provide care for the majority of uninsured and other vulnerable populations -- found that quality at these facilities is similar to non-safety-net hospitals. This is despite the unique financial challenges at safety-net hospitals in the face of rising costs and the potential impact of the health-care law. (2012-08-06)

1 in 3 injections given in developing countries is unsafe
Overuse of injections and unsafe practices are still common in developing and transitional countries, find researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-11-06)

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