January 14, 2010
Traffic Crashes Send 3.5 Million to ERs
U.S. hospital emergency departments treated 3.5 million motor vehicle crash victims who had injuries ranging from bruises and scrapes to life-threatening trauma in 2006, a new government study finds.
Leading COPD Drug Won't Harm Heart: FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it found no good evidence that the Spiriva HandiHaler boosts heart risks in patients who use it to help control chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
CT Scans Spot Many Kidney Abnormalities
About 25 percent of healthy people have abnormalities in the kidneys and their blood vessels, but most of these abnormalities aren't serious enough to prevent a person from donating a kidney, a new study shows.
Haiti Faces Serious Health Risks in Quake's Wake
As devastating as the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti has been, potentially worse public health calamities could lie ahead in the weeks and months to come, health experts say.
Stabilizing Spine May Be Waste of Time in Gun, Knife Victims
Paramedics often work quickly to stabilize the spines of trauma patients, to avoid a broken neck or other problems, but new research suggests that practice could double the likelihood that gunshot and stabbing victims will die if they aren't taken immediately to a trauma center instead.
Lung Infection Up in Wake of Kids' Pneumonia Vaccine
Since the PCV7 early childhood vaccine for bacterial pneumonia was introduced in the United States in 2000, the number of children hospitalized for pneumonia because of pneumococcus has decreased by 50 percent and bacterial pneumonias have decreased overall, new research shows.
Health Tip: Finding Magnesium in Food
Your body needs the mineral magnesium to properly contract and relax muscles, to produce proteins and to help enzymes function, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.