Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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12/4/2014
Flu Shot May Offer Less Protection This Winter: CDC

Vaccine not a good match for mutated strains circulating now, officials say

12/2/2014
Officials Designate 35 Ebola Treatment Centers

'We must prepare for the possibility of additional cases in the United States'

12/2/2014
Health Tip: Be a Safe Patient

Tell your doctor when something's unclear

12/1/2014
'Trouble in Toyland' Report Targets Hazardous Gifts for Kids

Consumer watchdog group says many playthings can choke or poison

12/1/2014
Babies Still Sleeping With Soft Bedding Despite SIDS Risk: CDC

Over half have items in crib that may up odds of sudden infant death syndrome

12/1/2014
Health Tip: Prevent a Christmas Tree Fire

Consider a fire-retardant artificial tree

11/27/2014
Turkey Fryer Mishaps Can Cause Serious Burns

Expert offers tips on using these devices safely

11/24/2014
Adult-Sized ATVs Deadly for Kids, Report Shows

Study highlights risks associated with all-terrain vehicles

11/24/2014
FDA Adds 'Boxed Warning' to Devices Used to Remove Uterine Fibroids

Risk of spreading unsuspected cancers prompted new warnings, agency says

11/19/2014
Health Tip: Make Home Safer for Alzheimer's

Limit access to areas that could pose danger

11/17/2014
Doctor With Ebola Dies at Nebraska Hospital

He became infected in West Africa, epicenter of the outbreak

11/14/2014
Doctor With Ebola Coming to U.S. for Treatment

He became infected in West Africa; to arrive at specialized Nebraska hospital on Saturday

11/13/2014
Undiagnosed Sleep Problems May Be Common Among Firefighters

These disorders linked to risk for car accidents and poor health, study suggests

11/13/2014
Many Dialysis Patients Ill-Prepared for Emergencies, Study Says

Backup plan should include alternate treatment site

11/13/2014
Trials of Experimental Ebola Therapies to Begin

They include antiviral drugs and blood plasma transfusions, health officials say

11/12/2014
Falls Leading Cause of Serious Head Trauma for Kids, Study Shows

Seatbelts and bike helmets can help prevent severe head injuries, experts say

11/12/2014
Scientists Find Signs of Toxic Flame Retardants in Americans

One type has never been detected before, the other is a surprise because it was phased out of kids' pajamas

11/12/2014
With Western Medicine, Ebola May Have Met Its Match

Hospitals in the U.S. have resources unavailable to medical workers in epidemic-ravaged West Africa

11/11/2014
Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds

Shot helps protect newborns against potentially deadly bacteria, experts say

11/11/2014
Last U.S. Ebola Patient Leaves NYC Hospital 'Healthy, No Longer Infectious'

Dr. Craig Spencer spent 19 days under treatment after contracting illness in Guinea

11/7/2014
Americans' Fears of Ebola May Be Fading, Poll Finds

New HealthDay/Harris Poll reveals some easing of anxiety, although misconceptions remain

11/6/2014
Weight-Loss Surgery Has Low Complication Rates, Study Finds

New research suggests gastric bypass as safe as appendix or gallbladder removal

11/6/2014
NYC Ebola Patient Passing Time in Isolation Playing Banjo: Reports

Officials expect doctor, who became infected while working in West Africa, will be released soon

11/4/2014
'Kissing Bug' Now Spreading Tropical Disease in U.S.

Cases of Chagas disease in Texas may be underestimated, researchers say

11/4/2014
FDA: Supplements, Meds Can Be Dangerous Mix

Combination can alter drug absorption, agency warns

11/3/2014
MIT Researchers Develop Safer 'Button' Battery

New technology promising in animal trial; might prevent serious injuries in kids

11/3/2014
NYC Doctor With Ebola Shows Signs of Improvement

Condition upgraded to stable, from serious but stable, hospital says

10/31/2014
Halloween at the ER Is No Treat

Doctors' groups share tips for safe pumpkin-carving, trick-or-treating

10/30/2014
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids With Asthma

Trick-or-treaters should bring quick-relief inhalers with them, experts advise

10/30/2014
World Bank Pledges $100M More to Fight West Africa's Ebola Outbreak

It's hoped the added money will encourage additional foreign health care workers to get involved

10/30/2014
Health Tip: Dress Kids in Safe Halloween Costumes

Avoid tripping hazards and obstructed vision

10/29/2014
Ebola Outbreak in Liberia May Be Slowing: WHO

But health agency says epidemic in West Africa is far from under control

10/29/2014
Universal Helmet Laws May Help Save Young Motorcyclists

Study finds more serious head injuries in states with age restrictions only or none at all

10/29/2014
Plastics' Chemical May Affect Baby Boys' Genital Development

Link between phthalates and possible defect needs more study, researcher says

10/28/2014
Second Dallas Nurse With Ebola Released From Hospital

Head of World Bank urges thousands of medical professionals to travel to West Africa to fight outbreak

10/27/2014
CDC Clarifies Treatment Policies for Ebola Workers

Move is designed to have uniform procedures across the U.S., but states aren't obligated to follow them

10/27/2014
N.Y., N.J. Ease Ebola Quarantines

Health care workers returning from West Africa can now spend confinement at home

10/26/2014
White House Presses N.Y., N.J. to Rethink Ebola Quarantines

Move follows diagnosis of New York City doctor, but many health experts say quarantine is counterproductive

10/25/2014
New York, New Jersey to Quarantine All Travelers With Ebola Contacts

Move follows diagnosis of a New York City doctor, but many experts say rule is excessive

10/25/2014
Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

Make sure costumes are visible, discard homemade goodies, expert advises

10/24/2014
Few U.S. Hospitals Ready to Handle Ebola, Survey Finds

Many don't have enough staff, training or equipment to control often deadly virus, experts say

10/24/2014
New York City Ebola Patient in Stable Condition

Three contacts of Dr. Craig Spencer are in isolation; NYC mayor is urging calm

10/23/2014
Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts Say

No threat foreseen from public sniffles, coughs

10/23/2014
All People Returning From Ebola-Stricken Countries to Be Tracked

Travelers will have to take own temperatures, report to local health departments for 21-day incubation period

10/22/2014
Hospital Study Offers Solutions to 'Alarm Fatigue'

2.5 million beeps, bleeps sounded in one month at one U.S. medical center

10/22/2014
Recalled Supplements Linger on U.S. Store Shelves, Study Finds

Researchers say many products with banned substances for sale six months later

10/22/2014
Where Ebola Battles Are Won

Four special U.S. medical centers are first-line treatment choices, but many local hospitals up to the challenge, experts say

10/21/2014
Tire Company Sets Standard for Ebola Care in Liberia: CDC

Firestone efforts to protect employees may have limited spread of disease on rubber tree plantation

10/21/2014
Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant

Reduced lung function seen in children at age 4, study says

10/21/2014
Passengers From Ebola-Affected Countries Must Land at Designated U.S. Airports

Staff at 5 airports will identify and screen these travelers for Ebola infection before entry