Health News Archive - January 10, 2009

Deaths from lung cancer could be reduced by better policies to control indoor radon, researchers in Britain said. A study, published in the British Medical Journal, said government protection policies focus mainly on the small number of homes with high radon levels and neglect the 95 percent of deaths linked to lower levels of radon. Alastair Gray, Sarah Darby and colleagues at the University of Oxford assessed the contribution of indoor radon to lung cancer deaths in Britain and examined the cost-effectiveness of policies to control radon exposure.

Unique program starts with families in Englewood CHICAGO, Jan.


Scientists at the nonprofit group Consumers Union said on Friday that the decision by the Food and Drug Administration to allow US manufactured infant formula contaminated with melamine or its byproducts onto store shelves is "seriously flawed" and medically risky because parents may feed their babies more than one product.

Many bull riders in the United States are trading their Stetson cowboy hats for helmets, sporting officials say. The New York Times reported Saturday that while helmets are not mandatory at rodeo competitions, their use is growing faster than many experts predicted a few years ago. The newspaper said that at a Baltimore rodeo last weekend, 23 of the 45 riders wore helmets, marking the first time that those with helmets outnumbered those without.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, says she is leaving her post to make way for President-elect Barack Obama's team. Gerberding and other senior CDC leaders are submitting their resignations effective Jan.

Researchers in Scotland are going to try to determine if the side effects of type 2 diabetes can be managed through a diet full of oat-rich cereals. The Scottish government's Chief Scientist Office is providing $305,000 to finance a 16-week trial involving 60 volunteers.


Health officials in Minnesota have implicated the discovery of salmonella bacteria in peanut butter as the possible source of an outbreak that has been reported in 42 states so far.

Word of the Day
  • A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.
The word 'taphephobia' comes from Greek roots meaning 'burial' and 'fear'.