Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

12/8/2014
Some NFL Players Use Unproven Stem Cell Therapies: Report

New treatments may not work, or may have unknown risks, expert says

12/7/2014
Use Your Space Heater Safely

Misuse leads to emergency treatment for 6,000 Americans a year

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