Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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The ABCs of Safe BBQing

National Fire Protection Association offers tips for outdoor cooking

Antibiotics in Animal Feed Contribute to Drug-Resistant Germs: Study

Individual farm practices can have global implications, researcher says

Health Care Workers Skipped Hand Washing One-Third of the Time: Study

Outpatient facility staff also found lacking at safe injection practices

Could Fast Food Expose People to Harmful Chemicals?

High consumption linked to higher levels of plastics-related compounds in urine, study found

As States Raise Speed Limits, Road Deaths Rise, Report Finds

Researchers estimate there were 33,000 additional fatalities over past 2 decades

A Mild Flu Season, and the End Is in Sight: CDC

This year's vaccine was a very good match, officials say

ER Screenings Could Help Prevent Suicide: Study

Checking patients for risk factors should be part of routine ER care, researcher says

Sleepy Teens Are Risk-Taking Teens

Sleep deprivation leads to unsafe behaviors, CDC researchers say

Stimulant, Banned From Sports, Found in Dietary Supplements in U.S.

FDA has warned makers of 8 products containing oxilofrine, or methylsynephrine

U.S. Moving Money From Ebola Fund to Help Fight Zika

More than $500 million pulled out to prepare for likely outbreaks of mosquito-borne virus in U.S.

Most Americans Want to Learn How to Help Those Injured in Disasters

Poll found many would assist in stopping bleeding if shootings, accidents occurred

FDA: 2 Diabetes Drugs May Be Linked to Heart Failure Risk

Warning pertains to drugs containing saxagliptin or alogliptin

Loose Bristles From Grill-Cleaning Brushes May Pose Dangers

Study found they can stick to food and cause mouth, throat and stomach injuries

More of World's People Are Now Obese Than Underweight

However, study finds many people in parts of Asia and Africa still weigh too little

Fridge-Sized Machine Makes Prescription Drugs 'On Demand'

Technological advance produced thousands of doses a day; could be used on battlefields, during epidemics, scientists say

FDA Approves Experimental Zika Test for Blood Donations

But agency still asks those who've possibly been exposed to the virus to forgo giving blood right now

Stay Safe in the Water This Spring Break

Vigilance at the beach is key, especially for young children, expert says

ER Docs Only Ask Half of Suicidal Patients About Guns, Study Shows

Finding points to missed chances to intervene before it's too late, researcher says

Adults Don't Need Tetanus Shot Every Decade: Study

Booster shot every 30 years would protect as well as every 10 years, and save money, researchers contend

Gene Analysis Pinpoints Zika's Arrival in the Americas

Findings suggest one person carried the virus to the region in 2013

Health Tip: Preparing for a Pedicure

Here's a list of 'don'ts'

FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves

Side effects include airway and wound inflammation, agency says

Recycled Water a Healthy Option for California, Study Suggests

Researchers say it uses less energy and cuts greenhouse emissions compared to other options

Neighborhood Rats as Depressing as Crime, Study Finds

Research suggests rodent infestations are 'underappreciated' stressor

Don't Take Short Cuts With Contact Lens Care, FDA Warns

Solutions with hydrogen peroxide can cause eye damage if two-step process isn't followed carefully

In Zika Fight, FDA Gives Tentative OK to Tests of Gene-Modified Mosquito

Agency says testing the insects in Florida Keys poses little risk to people, animals and the environment

Zika Poses Serious Threat to Puerto Rico: U.S. Health Officials

They say funds needed to battle the virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects

For 'Ironman' Athletes, Study Shows Danger of Too Much Water

Frequent fluid stops entice racers to drink more than they need, expert says

Be Wary of Imported Supplements: FDA

Officials say scammers often target groups that don't speak English, have limited access to health care

Health Care Apps Often Offer Little Privacy Protection: Study

Many have no policies, and may share data with third parties, researchers say

Pedestrian Deaths in U.S. Projected to Jump 10 Percent

Combination of more people walking, more traffic, more distractions could be to blame, report suggests

Simple Changes in Bad Neighborhoods Might Lower Teen Murder Rates

Adding streetlights, maintaining vacant lots could make a difference, researchers suggest

Chemical-Free Cosmetics May Be Safer for Teen Girls, Study Suggests

Lower levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals seen in adolescents after trying products without potentially harmful ingredients

Lawn Mowers Can Cause Severe Injuries to Kids

Study found that more than half of accidents required amputation

Smartphone Blood-Pressure App Often Wrong, Study Finds

Measurements were off 4 out of 5 times when popular mobile application was tested

Certain Jobs Hazardous to Your Heart Health, Study Finds

Office workers, truckers and police seem to face challenges eating well, staying fit

Risk of Getting Ebola From Survivors Seems Low, Study Finds

However, sexual contact still carries some danger of transmission months after patient has recovered

Graphic Cigarette Warnings May Target Brain's 'Quit Centers'

Areas linked to emotions, decision-making and memory are triggered, researchers suggest

Monkey Trial Offers Hope for Future Ebola Treatment for Humans

Antibodies from 1995 survivor protected macaques even when given five days after exposure

Sleeping Pills May Spell Trouble for Older Drivers

Study found risk of crashes more than doubled for those over 80 who used Ambien

'Pot Tourists' Linked to Surge in Colorado ER Visits

Many out-of-state users overindulge with marijuana, particularly the edible version, researcher says

Study Shows Just How Big a Role Cellphones Play in Car Crashes

In-vehicle videos highlight other distractions, such as reading, writing and touchscreen menus on dashboards

Charlie Sheen's HIV Announcement Sparked Interest in Disease: Study

Internet searches surged after celebrity's disclosure that he has virus that causes AIDS

Kids With Autism More Likely to Wander, Less Likely to Recognize Danger

Researchers concerned about risks to children with developmental issues, as well as the stress on parents

Do Benefits of City Gardening Outweigh Risks?

Lead and other soil contaminants aren't a concern for all vegetables, expert contends

Young People More Likely to Text While Driving If Friends Do: Study

Safety campaigns should target social influences involved in distracted driving, researcher says

In Fight Against Zika Virus, Officials Consider Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

The goal: Sterile males would mate with females that carry the germ suspected of causing birth defects

WHO: Neurological Disorder on the Rise in Zika Zones

But U.N. health agency says too soon to prove link between Guillain-Barre syndrome and Zika-causing mosquitoes