Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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4/21/2017
Cleaning, Greening Vacant Lots May Help Fight Crime

Fighting urban blight sends message that residents are paying close attention to the neighborhood

4/21/2017
At What Age Can Kids Safely Cross the Street?

In simulated experiments, the task was too tough for children younger than 14

4/21/2017
When Is It Safe to Drive With Type 1 Diabetes?

Researchers say new checklist can help determine when low blood sugar should keep you off the road

4/20/2017
U.S. Health Officials Make Headway Against Salmonella

Tougher poultry regulations may explain 18 percent decline in food poisonings from this common bacteria

4/20/2017
Money Spent on Teen Health a Good Global Investment

Improving the lives of children around the world would reap huge returns, study says

4/19/2017
Police-Inflicted Injuries Send 50,000 to ER Annually in U.S.

Substance abuse and mental illness common among those injured, study says

4/19/2017
4/18/2017
No Link Between Common Antibiotic, Irregular Heartbeat

Azithromycin, commonly known as Zithromax, won't up odds for atrial fibrillation, study shows

4/17/2017
Leading Medical Groups Join March for Science on April 22

Planned as protest against Trump policies, organizers say value of science is at stake

4/15/2017
Don't Let Bugs Dampen Your Outdoor Fun

Dermatologist offers tips to avoid pests and treat their bites

4/14/2017
'Better Health' Argument Won't Always Work to Pass Soda Taxes

Philadelphia example shows that revenue generation can be more convincing to lawmakers

4/13/2017
Don't Let Ticks Get Under Your Skin

Bug expert offers tips on protecting yourself from these tiny bloodsuckers

4/13/2017
More Climate-Fueled Wildfires May Lie Ahead

Western U.S. is one of the highest-risk regions in the world, researchers say

4/12/2017
Chemicals Found in Many U.S. Streams: Study

Tests for more than 700 chemicals in 38 waterways turned up surprising combinations with unknown effects

4/9/2017
How to Protect Your Child From Accidental Poisoning

Kids under 6 account for 1 million calls to U.S. poison control centers a year

4/7/2017
How to Protect Yourself From Air Pollution

Environmental health expert gives advice on ways to avoid exposure to pollutants

4/7/2017
Preparing for Anesthesia: 5 Tips You Should Know

Planning ahead can help you avoid complications during and after surgery

4/3/2017
For Firefighters, Another Danger: The Heart

Exposure to high heat and physical exertion may increase risk of heart attacks, study says

3/31/2017
Most Americans Favor Larger Health Warnings on Cigarette Packs

Even many smokers think these warnings should cover up to 75 percent of the label, researchers find

3/30/2017
U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Surged to Record Levels in 2016

Experts point to widespread smartphone use as deadly distraction for drivers and walkers alike

3/27/2017
Just 17 U.S. States Require Defibrillators in Some Schools

Easy-to-use portable devices can prevent deaths from sudden cardiac arrest, researchers say

3/24/2017
Raccoon Parasite Not as Deadly to Humans as Thought

Researchers find confirmed cases of raccoon roundworm where patients had no symptoms

3/23/2017
Fewer Patients Die During Hospital Inspection Weeks: Study

Slight differences in death rates were possibly due to increased vigilance by staff, researcher suggests

3/15/2017
Some Bed Bugs Can Traipse Out of Traps

Researchers find one tropical type that climbs its way to freedom

3/13/2017
Baby Product Dangers

Cribs, baby carriers and strollers are being recalled at an alarming rate, according to a new study

3/2/2017
How Much Melatonin Is Really in That Supplement?

Study finds amount can vary widely depending on the brand of sleep aid, with implications for health

2/27/2017
Hospital Sinks May Be Awash in 'Superbugs'

Study finds drug-resistant bacteria can colonize in drains, spread to sinks and eventually reach patients

2/22/2017
MRIs Can Be Safe for People With Heart Devices …

… if strict procedures are followed, researchers report

2/21/2017
Congressional Group Gives Bipartisan Support to Vaccine Safety

Letter comes in response to President Trump's reported support for anti-vaccine groups

2/20/2017
Kids' OD Risk Rises When Opioids Left Out at Home

Odds of overdose more than double if parent takes powerful narcotic instead of milder pain med, study finds

2/17/2017
For a Fun and Safe Tropical Getaway, Plan Ahead

Be aware of unusual health risks in the Caribbean and Central and South America, doctor advises

2/16/2017
Possible Drawback to Gluten-Free: Toxic Metals

Higher levels of arsenic, mercury found in people who follow this eating plan, study finds

2/15/2017
Student-Athletes Don't Have to Be Hit By Injuries

Equipment safety, emergency training and time for recovery are key to avoiding trouble, experts say

2/11/2017
How to Stay on Your Feet During Slippery Winter Conditions

Any surfaces that look wet and dark are probably icy, safety experts say

1/30/2017
ER Doctor Offers Tips for Safer Snow Shoveling

Be alert for signs of heart attack or hypothermia, and consider using a snowblower instead of a shovel

1/27/2017
1/25/2017
Antibiotic Overuse Behind 'Superbug' Outbreak in U.K. Hospitals

Finding could have implications for U.S. hospitals, study authors say

1/21/2017
Best Ways to Steer Clear of the Flu

For starters, get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and others, infectious diseases expert says

1/16/2017
'Superbug' May Be More Widespread Than Thought

Study of 4 U.S. hospitals found wide variety of germs resistant to antibiotics of last resort

1/16/2017
Debunking Winter Weather Myths

For starters, alcohol won't warm you up

1/13/2017
1 in 5 U.S. Gun Owners Avoided Background Check: Study

In most cases, firearms were bought privately or online, transactions that more than 30 states don't regulate

1/12/2017
Cold-Weather Foot Care Key for Diabetics

It's important to make sure feet stay as dry as possible, especially between the toes

1/12/2017
Sushi Lovers, Beware: Tapeworm Now Found in U.S. Salmon

But risk of infection is low, infectious disease doctor says

1/9/2017
'Button' Batteries Pose Serious Risk to Children

Toddlers may swallow the tiny batteries used to power many common household objects

1/9/2017
More Americans Questioning Safety of E-Cigarettes

Fewer people see these devices as safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, survey shows

1/7/2017
Timely Tips for Safe Snow Removal

The sedentary are most at risk for injury, doctors say

1/4/2017
Ready Your Home for Winter's Wrath

Steps include insulating water lines that run along exterior walls, experts advise

1/3/2017
FDA to Weigh Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarettes

Agency announces 2-day meeting on the safety risks of the lithium batteries that power the devices

1/1/2017
How to Keep Your Kids Cozy and Safe by the Fireside

All types of fireplaces -- wood, gas and electric -- are potential safety hazards, experts warn

12/30/2016
Winter Hikes Can Be Fun, But Put Safety First

Be prepared for heat loss, sun glare and shorter days, hiking group advises