Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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1/29/2015
Flu's Grip on U.S. Starting to Weaken: CDC

Some areas are starting to see a decline in infections, official says

1/28/2015
Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Triggers Immune Response, U.K. Study Finds

Early trial findings echo those from a smaller U.S. study

1/27/2015
Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret

But doctors often able to identify cause of fall and help to prevent another

1/27/2015
Ebola Threat Diminishing in West Africa, Officials Say

But it's too soon to predict victory over the deadly virus

1/27/2015
Don't Become a Blizzard Casualty

Doctor shares tips for staying warm, avoiding falls

1/26/2015
How to Stay Safe When Riding Out a Blizzard

Tips for protecting you, your family and your home

1/25/2015
Watch Out for Falling Icicles

Winter's hazards aren't all underfoot, doctor warns

1/23/2015
Many Parents Too Quick to Switch Child Car Seats, Study Finds

Front-facing models unsafe before age 2, experts say

1/22/2015
Ebola Virus Gets More Lethal as It Spreads, Study Says

Genetic changes make it more deadly with each additional infection, researchers contend

1/20/2015
Test Your Home for Radon: EPA

The naturally occurring gas is tied to 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year, agency says

1/20/2015
Genetic Changes to Ebola Virus Challenge Treatment Efforts

Researchers need to be aware of these mutations, study says

1/18/2015
Homebound Neighbors May Need Your Help in Winter

Cold, snow are especially isolating for the elderly or disabled, expert says

1/17/2015
Take Steps to Avoid Winter Falls

Check the traction of your boots, keep your legs strong

1/13/2015
CDC Lab Worker Has No Sign of Ebola Infection, Agency Says

Possible exposure occurred at lab last month during research on the dangerous virus

1/13/2015
Ebola Epidemic in Liberia Could End by June, Study Predicts

But aggressive monitoring, adding more hospital beds must continue, researchers say

1/11/2015
Bites to the Hand Need Medical Attention, Experts Say

Review finds injury from man or beast requires treatment to prevent infection

1/9/2015
Air Force Reservists Exposed to Agent Orange: Report

The exposure came years after planes dropped the defoliant during Vietnam War

1/8/2015
Keeping Safe in a Big Freeze

Frostbite, malfunctioning home heaters are just two of the hazards, one expert says

1/6/2015
Fertility Treatments Have Low Complication Rates, Study Finds

Improvements through the years have made these procedures safer, researchers say

1/5/2015
Bad Flu Season Getting Worse, CDC Says

43 states reporting widespread influenza activity and 21 child deaths

1/3/2015
Strong Neighborhood Bonds, Less Gun Violence?

Participation of community members is essential, researchers say

1/2/2015
U.S. Bicyclist Deaths on the Rise, Study Finds

Two-thirds of riders who died weren't wearing helmets, report notes

1/2/2015
Indoor Wood-Burning Can Affect Air Quality

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers tips to lessen fire's health impact

12/30/2014
Flu Now Epidemic in U.S., With 15 Child Deaths Reported

But it's too early to know if this year's strain is more severe than usual, CDC says

12/30/2014
Middle-Aged Worse at Texting-While-Driving, Study Shows

But, experts stress that distracted driving is dangerous at any age

12/30/2014
Bats May Have Triggered Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, Study Says

Researchers rule out larger wildlife as the source of infection

12/29/2014
Pollution Plagues Annual Pilgrimage to Mecca

Air quality worsens at Saudi Arabian city, study finds

12/26/2014
Pack a Travel First-Aid Kit for the Holidays

Include prescription drugs, as well as OTC remedies for common problems, expert advises

12/26/2014
CDC Monitors Lab Worker for Possible Ebola Exposure

Error occurred at agency lab in Atlanta during research on the dangerous virus

12/26/2014
Health Tip: Like Lighting Candles? Do it Safely

Don't burn candles while asleep

12/23/2014
Diabetes Drug Metformin Safe for Patients With Kidney Disease: Review

Alternative medications more costly, have more side effects, researchers say

12/23/2014
FDA to Lift Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men

Agency cites data from other countries showing such donations wouldn't compromise blood supply

12/23/2014
Early Study Offers Hope for an Ebola Vaccine

Precursor of vaccine now being tested in West Africa produced immune response in Ugandans

12/22/2014
Concussion Laws Helping Student-Athletes, Study Finds

Researchers believe raising public awareness made a big difference, too

12/19/2014
E. Coli Germs Found on Farmers Market Herbs

Nearly one-quarter of samples from West Coast vendors tested positive, study says

12/19/2014
Older Cars a Bad Choice for Younger Drivers

Study found nearly half of teen crashes involved cars more than a decade old

12/19/2014
Health Tip: 12 Ways to a Healthier Holiday

'Tis the season to stay well

12/18/2014
Most States Not Ready to Handle Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Report

Ebola, mumps, other illnesses suggest public health systems need strengthening, researchers say

12/18/2014
Many Flu Infections Aren't Good Match for Vaccine: CDC

But health officials still urge people to get inoculated because the shot should offer some protection

12/17/2014
Screening Test Finds Drugs That Show Promise Against Ebola

Researchers uncover 53 potential treatments; all are already FDA approved but need more study for this use

12/16/2014
12/16/2014
Health Tip: Protect Children During Holidays

Clean up quickly after a party

12/16/2014
Male Ebola Survivors Should Use Condoms for at Least 3 Months, Experts Say

Studies find semen retains deadly virus for up to 91 days

12/15/2014
Health Tip: Be Aware of Icy Spots

And reduce your risk of falling

12/12/2014
Patients Given Less Blood During Surgery Do Fine, Study Reports

Finding could lead to reduced risks for patients

12/11/2014
Many Americans Still Haven't Gotten a Flu Shot

Health officials cite reports on the vaccine's potentially limited effectiveness

12/9/2014
Cutting Docs-in-Training Hours Hasn't Improved Patient Care: Studies

Some experts suggest certain restrictions on hours should be repealed

12/9/2014
Insecticide Sprays Don't Offer Extra Protection Against Malaria: Study

Infection rates among kids in Africa were no better than when using bed nets alone

12/9/2014
Health Tip: Stay Safe With a Space Heater

Make sure experts have tested your model

12/8/2014
BPA in Canned Goods May Raise Your Blood Pressure: Study

Finding is latest to raise health concerns about the common estrogen-like chemical