Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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5/2/2014
Health Tip: Batteries May Be Dangerous for Kids

Keep devices with batteries away from children

4/30/2014
Vaccine Against Bird Flu Readied, Just in Case

U.S. officials want to be prepared, but some doubt H7N9 will become pandemic

4/28/2014
Pediatricians Should Plan for Anthrax Attack, U.S. Experts Say

Children may need special treatment in wake of bioterrorism

4/25/2014
Saturday Is National Drug Take-Back Day

Rid your home of unused, expired prescription meds by turning them in at a collection site near you

4/24/2014
Genetic Code of Tsetse Fly May Help Fight Sleeping Sickness

Scientists spent a decade sequencing its genome, and hope to find new targets for pest control

4/22/2014
For Teen Drivers, Unruly Passengers May Be Greater Threat Than Phones

Findings underscore importance of license restrictions, researchers say

4/21/2014
Start Tornado Preparation Now, Expert Advises

Decide ahead of time where to take shelter

4/21/2014
Homes Now 'Reservoirs' for Superbug MRSA

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria common on household surfaces, study finds

4/19/2014
Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

How to avoid accidental poisonings from chemicals, medications

4/18/2014
Restaurants in Poor Areas Push Unhealthy Foods, Study Finds

Making good meal choices is harder, researcher says

4/17/2014
Most Medical Devices Approved for Kids Only Tested on Adults: Study

Children need inclusion in clinical trials to ensure safety, effectiveness, researchers say

4/17/2014
Misdiagnoses Common Among U.S. Outpatients: Review

5 percent of adults are affected each year, data from several studies suggest

4/16/2014
Health Tip: Use a Safe Stroller

Make sure toys can't fall on your child

4/16/2014
Health Tip: Preventing Stairway Falls

Make sure stairs are well-lit and clear of clutter

4/15/2014
Drowning Deaths Down Overall, But Still a Problem: Report

Rates increased for adults 45 to 84; kids 4 and under and adults 85 and older at highest risk

4/15/2014
Younger Adults Hit Hardest This Flu Season

Although H1N1 strain predominates, previous exposure prevented pandemic

4/15/2014
Health Tip: Practice Biking Safety

Follow the rules of the road

4/11/2014
Swine Flu From 2009 Pandemic Also Struck Sea Otters: Study

Scientists say finding shows marine animals may be yet another host of flu viruses

4/11/2014
Health Tip: Be a Safe Patient

What to do if you're hospitalized

4/10/2014
Kitchen Cutting Boards Can Harbor Drug-Resistant Germs: Study

Poultry prep linked to E. coli found on food equipment in homes, hospitals

4/8/2014
Carbon Monoxide Poisonings May Rise During Storms

Study found indoor use of generators, even deep snow can lead to lethal buildup of the odorless gas

4/7/2014
Health Tip: Install Smoke Detectors at Home

Make sure there's one in each bedroom

4/3/2014
FDA OKs Quick-Acting Antidote for Prescription Painkiller Overdose

Evzio is part of efforts to stem health risks from abuse of drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

4/3/2014
Liquid Nicotine in E-Cigarettes Rising Cause of Poisonings: CDC

Calls to poison control centers have jumped, ingestion could be deadly for kids, experts report

4/2/2014
Hands-Free Cellphones Don't Make Driving Safer, Review Shows

But survey found 80 percent of drivers think they are less dangerous than hand-held versions

4/1/2014
Health Tip: Run Safely

And lower your chances of injury

3/28/2014
Health Tip: Check Your Child's Playground

Inspect carefully before play begins

3/13/2014
'Five-Second' Food Rule May Be Real, Study Finds

Microbiology professor and students test the theory, find it isn't just a myth

3/12/2014
Safety Checklists for Surgery May Not Lower Deaths, Complications: Study

But Canadian program wasn't voluntary and that may have affected results, researchers say

3/12/2014
Health Tip: Preparing for a Tornado

Here's what you should stock up on

3/3/2014
Ah, Spring . . . And a Snakebite Alert

Texas veterinarian warns that warmer weather puts people, pets at greater risk

2/27/2014
Doctors' Germ-Laden Stethoscope May Spread Nasty Bacteria

Cleansing after each use should be part of good patient care, study says

2/24/2014
Legal Drinking Age of 21 Saves Lives, Review Finds

Researchers say resist the call to lower the age limit to 18

2/24/2014
FDA To Step Up Oversight of Indian Drug Makers

More inspectors planned as India emerges as growing source of pharmaceuticals

2/19/2014
Many U.S. Hospitals Fall Short in Preventing Infections

Study authors consider findings 'a call to action'

2/17/2014
Football Helmets Not Much Protection Against Hits to Side of the Head: Study

Only reduced chances of brain injury by 20 percent in crash test dummy trial

2/14/2014
Flu Hits Unvaccinated Hardest, Study Finds

Those who have had vaccine are far less likely to need intensive-care unit

2/14/2014
Health Tip: Protect Kids in Motor Vehicle Crashes

Always use car seats and seat belts

2/14/2014
Many Stroke Survivors Resume Driving Without Testing: Survey

Less than 6 percent of those getting back behind the wheel got formal review of road readiness

2/11/2014
Kidney Donation a Low-Risk Choice, Study Finds

Rigorous screening process leaves only healthy candidates

2/11/2014
Health Tip: Choosing the Right Babysitter

Select someone with references

2/5/2014
Ready to Get in Shape? Ease Into Exercise, Experts Say

Check-ups, warm-ups and mixing up your routine are among the tips offered by athletic trainers

2/5/2014
China's New Bird Flu Might Put People at Risk, Report Says

Genetic analysis after woman's death finds virus may 'replicate efficiently in humans'

2/4/2014
Fewer U.S. Kids Killed in Car Crashes; Safety Restraints Still an Issue

Too many youngsters ride without a car seat, booster seat or seat belt, says CDC

1/29/2014
Health Tip: Make Sure Baby's Crib Sheets Fit

Baby shouldn't be able to pull them off the mattress

1/28/2014
Another Arctic Blast Has Much of U.S. in Its Grip

Doctors offer advice on ways to stay safe and warm during frigid weather

1/27/2014
Third Deep Freeze Sweeps Across Country

Doctors offer advice on ways to stay safe and warm during frigid weather

1/23/2014
Dealing With The Deep Freeze

Doctors offer advice on ways to stay safe and warm during frigid weather

1/23/2014
Shopping Carts Can Pose Big Danger to Little Kids

Study found one youngster seriously injured in falls, tip-overs every 22 minutes

1/22/2014
Hospital Safety Improves for Heart Patients, Study Finds

But no drop seen in 'adverse events' for surgical or pneumonia patients