Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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3/31/2015
Steer Clear of Raw Milk, Researchers Warn

Risk of foodborne illness is much greater without pasteurization

3/27/2015
2014 Saw Only 3 Shark Attack Deaths Worldwide

But nonfatal attacks are up slightly around the world, researchers find

3/26/2015
CDC Launches New Round of Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads

Former smokers harmed by tobacco tell their stories

3/26/2015
Kitchen Towels Can Make You Sick

Researchers find cellphones a potential source of cross-contamination, too

3/20/2015
Traffic Deaths Increase in Spring Break Hot Spots

No similar rise seen in areas of same states that aren't considered spring break destinations

3/20/2015
Gene-Modified Apples, Potatoes Safe to Eat, FDA Says

Regulators also said they are as nutritious as conventional produce

3/19/2015
Decline in U.S. Tuberculosis Rates Slows: CDC

Latest statistics reported as health officials work to contain outbreak at Kansas high school

3/16/2015
American With Ebola Now in Critical Condition

CDC monitoring other health care workers who may have had contact with the patient

3/16/2015
Low Vaccination Rates Likely Behind Disney Measles Outbreak: Study

Disease may continue to spread unless more people get shots to protect against infection, experts warn

3/13/2015
Other Americans in Sierra Leone May Have Been Exposed to New U.S. Ebola Patient: CDC

Agency said it is monitoring health workers, making contingency plans to fly them home

3/12/2015
Ebola Outbreak Disrupted Routine Medical Care in West Africa

Many childhood vaccinations missed, putting hundreds of thousands at risk for measles, other diseases, study says

3/12/2015
More Americans Support Vaccines: HealthDay/Harris Poll

Measles outbreak likely driving the trend, experts say, but critics of the shots remain

3/11/2015
Bird Flu Spreads Across China, Posing Threat to People: Report

Second outbreak, with 318 human infections and 100 deaths, twice as big as first outbreak

3/5/2015
Seniors Bear Brunt of This Flu Season

CDC says 60 percent of hospitalizations, 79 percent of deaths were among those 65 or older

2/27/2015
Hepatitis C Infections in Hospitals Show Need for Tight Infection Control Practices

In both cases, there were breaches in safety rules, CDC reports

2/27/2015
ER Physician Raises Concerns About Powdered Caffeine

One teaspoon of substance equivalent to about 25 cups of coffee

2/27/2015
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC

And nasal version appears to provide no protection at all for young children

2/26/2015
U.S. Ebola Survivor Dr. Craig Spencer Gives His Side of the Story

Former volunteer in fight against West African outbreak felt vilified by media, politicians

2/26/2015
U.S. Pedestrian Death Rate Leveling Off, But Still Too High

Governors' safety group reports more than 2,100 killed in early 2014

2/25/2015
Safety Add-Ons for Football Helmets May Not Cut Concussion Risk

Crash dummy testing found extra padding, strips and treatments didn't make much difference on impact

2/25/2015
Flavored Booze Beverages Tied to Higher Injury Risk in Teens

Super-sized 'alcopops' a major concern, study says

2/24/2015
U.S. Officials Pinpoint Common Sources of Foodborne Illnesses

Almost 2 million Americans fall ill each year, report notes

2/23/2015
Leading Medical Groups Call for Measures to Reduce Gun Injuries, Deaths

Say they are pushing for improved health of families, patients

2/23/2015
Most HIV Infections Come From Undiagnosed or Untreated People: Study

Findings suggest there's a long way to go in containing spread of the disease

2/23/2015
Arsenic in Well Water Can Raise Level in Baby Formula: Study

Researchers found overall amounts low, but recommend testing privately supplied tap water

2/19/2015
More Americans Dying From Hypothermia, CDC Says

Doctor offers tips to avoid dangerous drops in body temperatures during cold winter months

2/19/2015
Ebola Transmission Through Cough Possible, But Not Likely: Experts

Researchers suggest droplets could expose caregivers to lethal virus

2/19/2015
Healthy Eating Up Worldwide, But Unhealthy Eating Up Even More: Study

U.S. had one of the lowest-quality diets because of high consumption of bad foods

2/18/2015
Health Tip: Stranded During a Snowstorm

Suggestions to help you stay safe

2/17/2015
Chantix Linked to Higher Quit Rates in Certain Smokers: Study

But drug's side effects still worry some doctors

2/13/2015
Beware the Bitter Cold

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

2/13/2015
Flu Sending Record Numbers of Elderly to the Hospital: CDC

But the worst seems to be over as season continues to wind down, officials say

2/13/2015
Pollution Exposure Peaks at Stop Lights, Study Finds

Air levels of tiny toxic particles were 29 times higher than when car was moving in traffic

2/11/2015
Driving Soon After Stroke May Be Risky, Studies Suggest

Recent survivors more likely to make errors and have collisions in simulated tests

2/11/2015
Prolonged Rescue Efforts May Not Help Young Drowning Victims: Study

Researchers found brain damage and death likely when resuscitation attempts went beyond 30 minutes

2/11/2015
Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking Overblown: Report

Not all factors considered in previous studies, researchers say

2/10/2015
Is Measles' Return the 'New Normal'?

Pediatricians and parents struggle with keeping children safe amid concerns over vaccine

2/9/2015
Shorter Hours for Doctors Don't Lead to Expected Improvements: Study

Medical residents aren't less fatigued and patient care may be slightly worse, researchers say

2/5/2015
Health Tip: Practice Cell Phone Safety

Steps to avoid possible radiation exposure

2/3/2015
58 Million Americans Exposed to Secondhand Smoke: CDC

Two out of five children breathing in passive smoke, study says

2/2/2015
Sexual Assault Under-Reported on U.S. College Campuses: Study

Researchers found significant surge in reported crime incidence during audits

2/1/2015
Stay Warm This Winter to Protect Your Health

Low body temperature can cause serious problems, experts say

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