Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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.

4/5/2016
Most Americans Want to Learn How to Help Those Injured in Disasters

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

4/5/2016
FDA: 2 Diabetes Drugs May Be Linked to Heart Failure Risk

Warning pertains to drugs containing saxagliptin or alogliptin

4/4/2016
Loose Bristles From Grill-Cleaning Brushes May Pose Dangers

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

4/1/2016
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

3/31/2016
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

3/30/2016
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

3/29/2016
Stay Safe in the Water This Spring Break

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

3/25/2016
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

3/25/2016
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

3/24/2016
Gene Analysis Pinpoints Zika's Arrival in the Americas

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

3/23/2016
Health Tip: Preparing for a Pedicure

Here's a list of 'don'ts'

3/21/2016
FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves

Side effects include airway and wound inflammation, agency says

3/17/2016
Recycled Water a Healthy Option for California, Study Suggests

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

3/17/2016
Neighborhood Rats as Depressing as Crime, Study Finds

Research suggests rodent infestations are 'underappreciated' stressor

3/16/2016