Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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U.S. Weighs Changes to Blood Donations in Response to Zika Virus Outbreak

Temporary ban might be imposed on travelers returning from countries where the virus has taken hold

Zika Vaccine Efforts Get Boost From Prior Research

U.S. health officials say valuable lessons were learned during battles against other mosquito-borne viruses

More Women Killed by Someone They Know in States With High Gun Rates

Reducing firearms might cut killings by family members, researchers suggest

Hepatitis C Reported at 19 Dialysis Clinics: CDC

Health officials blame lapses in infection control practices

Small Number of Doctors Trigger Big Share of Malpractice Payouts

Study ties physicians' future claims risk to past claims experience, specialty, sex and age

Melanoma Strikes Earlier If Indoor Tanning Begins in Teens: Study

Findings support ban on tanning beds, researcher says

Preventable Ills Cause Nearly 8 Million Childhood Deaths Globally

Diarrhea, respiratory infections are top killers, research shows

As Winter Storm Targets Eastern U.S., Tips for Stepping Out Safely

Try footwear with good traction and walking carefully with low center of gravity, expert suggests

Majority of Americans Supports 'Smart' Guns, Survey Reveals

Finding counters claims there is no market for childproof weapons, researchers say

Take Care in the Bitter Cold

Expert gives tips on avoiding dangerous drops in body temperature, or hypothermia

U.S. Ban on Gun Research Continues Despite Deadly Shootings

Crucial questions about firearms safety, training and injuries remain unanswered, experts say

HPV Vaccine Rates Highest in Poor and Hispanic Communities: Study

Researchers say teen girls in mostly black and mostly white neighborhoods have lowest rates

Frozen as Good as Fresh for Fecal Transplant: Study

Prepackaged stool samples used to combat stubborn C. difficile infections

Kids With ADHD May Be More Likely to Have Accident in Traffic: Study

Research points to impulsive behavior and problems paying attention as key reasons

Health Tip: Does Your Child Still Need a Sitter?

Signs the child may be able to stay alone

Hitting the Slopes? Here's How to Have Fun and Stay Safe

A helmet, properly fitted boots and warm gloves are essentials for skiers and snowboarders, experts advise

Researchers ID Areas of Western U.S. With Risk of Plague

Regions in California, Colorado and New Mexico most affected, study reports

Drinking Water Pipes Full of 'Good' Bacteria

Swedish researchers say this natural biofilm helps keep drinking water clean

Holiday Plants Can Pose Health Risks to Kids, Pets

Mistletoe, holly berries and poinsettias should be placed out of reach, expert advises

Holiday Safety for Your Furry Friends

Vet says keep an eye on what dogs and cats eat during festive season

How to Prevent Home Cooking Fires

Unattended cooking equipment the leading cause of kitchen fires, research shows

Don't Forget Fire Safety This Holiday Season

Three safety organizations offer advice on preventing trouble

Tiny Turtles Carry Salmonella Threat

Though banned as pets in U.S., they're still sold illegally and children are often the ones sickened, CDC finds

FDA Lifts 30-Year Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men

Studies from other countries show policy won't compromise blood supply, health officials say

To Help Your Kids Get Better Grades, Feed Them Breakfast: Study

Researchers find signs that what children eat is closely linked to their academic success

More Than Half of U.S. States Not Well Prepared for Disease Outbreaks: Study

Efforts needed to boost ability to respond to viruses, superbug threats, researchers say

U.S. Ebola Survivors Suffered Lingering Effects

Common health issues were joint pain, hair loss and vision problems, report finds

Majority of U.S. Hospitals Don't Require Flu Shots for Staffers: Survey

Only 1.3 percent of VA hospitals mandate the shot for health care workers, researchers find

How to Clear Snow Without Getting Hurt

More than 203,000 Americans required treatment for injuries suffered while shoveling snow last year

Hanging Holiday Lights Holds Hidden Danger, Surgeon Warns

Slips and falls from ladders can result in serious foot and ankle injuries

Not Enough Needle Exchange Programs Outside Cities: Study

Half of all injection drug users live in rural, suburban areas

Health Tip: Create a Fire Escape Plan

Make sure the entire family is informed

Death and Disability From Injuries Down Worldwide: Study

Rate has dropped by nearly one-third since 1990

Get Your Flu Shot Before the Flu Is Widespread: CDC

Everyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated before holiday trips and gatherings, experts say

Pollution From Coal Burning Most Damaging to Health, Study Finds

It's 5 times more dangerous for the heart than same-sized particles from other sources, researchers say

Smog Linked to Heart Disease in Seniors

Study shows higher levels of coarse particulate matter are a problem

Assessing Health Issues of Child Refugees

Medical profiles of newly arrived children are important for treatment, researcher says

Buckle Up in the Backseat, Experts Advise

About 400 deaths a year might be prevented if more people wore rear seatbelts

Advanced Ebola Is Riskiest Stage for Caregivers, Study Shows

Transmission requires close contact with a known case, researchers find

Private Rooms May Save Money By Cutting Hospital Infection Rates

Increased cost of building them is offset by decreases in additional medical care, research shows

Ban Crib Bumpers Because of Rising Deaths, Researchers Say

Many of these fatalities were preventable, study reveals

Play it Safe Cooking the Thanksgiving Feast

Risk of fire, burns high during the holiday, expert warns

Screening Inmates for Hepatitis C Benefits General Community: Study

Routine testing could prevent transmission, reduce health care costs, researcher says

Most First-Time Moms Plan to Follow Vaccine Schedule

11 percent intend to spread out the recommended inoculations, survey finds

New 'Collar' Aims to Help Shield Brain From Concussion

Device boosts brain fluid to create a cushioning effect, developers say

Drug Overdose Rates Soaring Among U.S. Youth

Report finds prescription painkillers, heroin largely to blame, with some states hit especially hard

Too Much Traffic in OR May Put Patients at Risk, Study Finds

Doorways are designed to keep air sterile, but repeated openings may let germs in during surgery

FDA Finalizes New Food Safety Rules

Farms, importers will be responsible for preventing outbreaks of foodborne illness