Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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6/2/2016
Zika Threat Calls for Extra Mosquito Protection This Summer

Experts offer tips on how to avoid infection

6/2/2016
Clean Pools Can Still Pose Health Hazards

When disinfectants mix with sweat, personal care products and urine, dangerous byproducts can form, study says

6/1/2016
Girl With Zika Birth Defect Born at New Jersey Hospital

The mother was apparently infected in her home country of Honduras, reports indicate

5/31/2016
Zika Infections Through Sex More Common Than Thought: WHO

Women planning to become pregnant should wait 8 weeks if they or partner live in areas where infections are occurring

5/31/2016
Most Americans Aware of Zika Threat, But Gaps in Knowledge Remain

Mosquitoes main source of transmission, but many don't know virus can be spread through sex, HealthDay/Harris Poll finds

5/28/2016
Don't Let Bad Food Spoil a Good Barbecue

Keep the fun going by cooking foods to the right temperatures

5/27/2016
6 Sun Safety Tips for 'Don't Fry Day'

National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention reminds you to avoid unprotected sun exposure

5/27/2016
New Labeling Offers More Protection for Meat Lovers

Warns consumers that mechanically tenderized beef can raise bacteria risk, so more careful cooking needed

5/26/2016
Pool and Hot Tub Safety

Is that pool or hot tub as clean as you think it is?

5/20/2016
Cases of Pregnant U.S. Women With Zika Triple Under New Counting Method

Two registries will track those who show lab evidence of infection, whether or not they ever had symptoms

5/19/2016
States With More Gun Owners Have More Gun-Related Suicides: Study

But only association was found, not cause-and-effect

5/19/2016
Thousands of Public Pools, Hot Tubs Closed for Dirty Water: CDC

Inspections in 5 states found kiddie pools had the most problems, with 1 in 5 shut down for violations

5/19/2016
U.S. Motorcycle Deaths Up 10 Percent in Last Year

Universal helmet laws would help save lives, report authors say

5/19/2016
Prior C-Section Raises Risk of Complications With Home Birth

Experts point to lack of constant fetal monitoring, inability to perform emergency delivery if needed

5/18/2016
Antibacterial Agent May Not Be a Dirty Word After All: Study

Triclosan is ingredient used in some cleaning products and toothpastes

5/17/2016
Genetically Modified Crops Are Safe: Review

Extensive study concludes they're as safe to eat as food from traditional plant-breeding methods

5/13/2016
Sugar-Free Gum Can Be Deadly for Dogs

Keep all products containing the sweetener xylitol out of your pooch's reach, FDA warns

5/12/2016
Disabling Falls Don't Have to Happen

Expert advice on how seniors can lower their risk

5/10/2016
5/9/2016
Swaddling May Increase Chances of SIDS

Study found wrapping blanket tightly around sleeping baby raised risk by almost 60 percent

5/9/2016
Health Tip: Prevent a Chemical Emergency

Always follow label instructions

5/4/2016
No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

They don't prevent complications and may cause kidney damage, researchers report

5/4/2016
Bacteria Experiment May Point Way to Slow Zika's Spread

Infecting mosquitoes led to lower, inactive levels of virus in their bodies, saliva

5/4/2016
Emergency Surgery Risky Business in Poor Countries

Study points to need to address disparities in care

5/3/2016
Too Many People Still Take Unneeded Antibiotics: Study

1 in 3 prescriptions was unnecessary

5/2/2016
Well Water a Suspected Cause of Bladder Cancer in New England

Researchers believe arsenic exposure might contribute to higher-than-normal rates

5/2/2016
Even in Taxis, Kids Belong in Safety Seats

But study finds only 11 percent of children were properly restrained

5/2/2016
'Wandering' a Hazard for More Than a Third of Kids With Autism

In study, many were unaware they might be in danger, couldn't distinguish strangers from people they knew

4/29/2016
Officials Report First Zika Death in Puerto Rico

The victim was a 70-year-old man

4/29/2016
Heat Beats Cold for Treating Jellyfish Stings

Evidence favors hot water or hot packs to ease pain

4/27/2016
Skateboarding Mishaps Send 176 U.S. Kids to ERs Every Day

Protective gear is essential for preventing injuries, experts say

4/25/2016
Laundry Detergent Injuries

A growing number of children are being seriously injured by laundry detergent packets, study finds.

4/23/2016
Swim Safely This Summer

Use life jackets when needed, supervise kids at all times, American Red Cross says

4/22/2016
Let Safety Bloom in Your Garden This Season

There are ways to shield yourself from bug bites, excess sun and other backyard hazards, experts say

4/22/2016
FDA Proposes Ban on 'Shock' Device Used to Curb Self-Harm

The therapy carries too many risks that updated labeling can't eliminate, the agency says

4/21/2016
Climate Change May Mean More Smoggy Days to Come: Study

Some areas could see up to 9 more unhealthy-air days between May and September by 2050

4/20/2016
Warfarin Can Be Safe, Effective for People With Irregular Heartbeat

Study supports well-managed use of the cheap, standby drug, but one expert prefers newer blood thinners

4/20/2016
Health Tip: Practice Tornado Drills

Make sure family members know what to do

4/19/2016
FDA Launches Ad Campaign Against Chewing Tobacco

Health officials targeting rural teens with messages about health risks of smokeless tobacco products

4/15/2016
To Be a Safe Boater, Be a Smart Boater

Experts offer tips on how to enjoy the water without risking injury

4/15/2016
The ABCs of Safe BBQing

National Fire Protection Association offers tips for outdoor cooking

4/14/2016
Antibiotics in Animal Feed Contribute to Drug-Resistant Germs: Study

Individual farm practices can have global implications, researcher says

4/13/2016
Health Care Workers Skipped Hand Washing One-Third of the Time: Study

Outpatient facility staff also found lacking at safe injection practices

4/13/2016
Could Fast Food Expose People to Harmful Chemicals?

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

4/12/2016
As States Raise Speed Limits, Road Deaths Rise, Report Finds

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

4/12/2016
A Mild Flu Season, and the End Is in Sight: CDC

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

4/11/2016
ER Screenings Could Help Prevent Suicide: Study

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

4/7/2016
Sleepy Teens Are Risk-Taking Teens

Sleep deprivation leads to unsafe behaviors, CDC researchers say

4/7/2016
Stimulant, Banned From Sports, Found in Dietary Supplements in U.S.

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

4/6/2016
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.