Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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5/29/2013
One in 600 Flights Involves Medical Emergency, Study Says

Physician passengers assist in nearly half of cases

5/26/2013
Lawn Mower Injuries Often Caused by Distraction

Docs offer safety tips to protect fingers, hands and feet

5/24/2013
High Cadmium Levels May Raise Risk for Dying From Liver Disease: Study

Tobacco smoke most common source of exposure to heavy metal, researchers add

5/23/2013
Shortage of Key Drug Hampering U.S. Efforts to Control TB: Report

Many health departments have altered treatment practices; CDC officials working to solve the problem

5/20/2013
5/20/2013
Swallowing Magnets Can Be Fatal for Children

Neodymium magnets are powerful enough to cause significant damage to digestive tract, researchers say

5/16/2013
Eyelash Extension Adhesives May Cause Bad Reactions

Infections and allergies from cosmetic procedure can damage eyes or cause swelling, loss of eyelashes

5/16/2013
Many Public Pools Contaminated With Human Waste: CDC

Agency offers clear advice to help you avoid infections

5/15/2013
Noisy Operating Rooms May Jeopardize Patient Safety

Chatter, music and equipment sounds reduced surgeons' speech comprehension in small study

5/15/2013
FDA: Lower Ambien's Dose to Prevent Drowsy Driving

Blood levels from nighttime dose of sleep aid can remain too high the next morning, agency says

5/14/2013
CDC Guidelines Could Cut Bloodstream Infections From Dialysis

Since 1993, hospitalization rates have increased 51 percent for these patients, researchers say

5/14/2013
Even Low Levels of Lead Hamper Kindergartners' Reading Skills: Study

Some experts say no level of exposure is safe, push for zero tolerance from CDC

5/13/2013
Nearly Half of High Schoolers Text While Driving: Survey

Those teens also more prone to drunk driving, results show

5/8/2013
Health Tip: Enjoy a Safe Prom

Avoid crash dieting, drinking

5/7/2013
Gasoline Poisonings in Kids Spike During Summer: Study

Children can die when toxic chemicals are stored in water bottles or other harmless-looking containers, experts warn

5/6/2013
Many Parents Texting, Phoning While Driving Their Kids: Survey

Cell phone chats most common, but distractions also include grooming, Web surfing and child care

5/2/2013
Only 1 in 5 Americans Gets Enough Exercise: CDC

Picture brighter for aerobic exercise than for muscle-strengthening, report finds

4/29/2013
New Guidelines Suggest HIV Screening for All Adults

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says effectiveness of newer treatments, especially if given early, prompted change

4/26/2013
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Saturday

Event is an attempt to prevent the misuse of household meds, drug enforcement officials say

4/26/2013
Roadside Breath Test for Drugs Could Be on Horizon

Swedish researchers detected signs of recent cocaine, marijuana, narcotic and other substance use

4/25/2013
No Evidence That New Bird Flu Passes Between People: Study

But researchers cautioned that genetic makeup of the H7N9 virus is changing to adapt it for mammal infection

4/24/2013
Many Who Got Thyroid Cancer After Chernobyl Still Alive: Study

Finding gives hope to those exposed to radiation in other nuclear disasters, researchers say

4/24/2013
Many Americans Breathing Cleaner Air: Report

But some cities continue to have dangerously high levels of ozone and soot

4/24/2013
Motorcycle Deaths Continue to Climb: Report

Researchers note that improving economy, better weather mean more riders on the road

4/23/2013
Deadly Meningitis Cases Worry Gay Community

Outbreaks have killed men in New York, California, but officials now think cases on each coast unrelated

4/19/2013
Many Parents Text, Phone With Kids in Car: Survey

Work-related calls a priority for nearly one-third polled

4/19/2013
4/18/2013
Treatment for New, Deadly Coronavirus Shows Promise

Researchers report two drugs currently used to treat hepatitis C stopped virus from replicating in lab tests

4/17/2013
Prepared for Trauma, Overwhelmed by Carnage

Hospitals' practice drills provide blueprint, but rapid response to Boston Marathon bombings shows how they really work

4/16/2013
Boston Bombing Injuries 'Like a War Zone'

3 dead, more than 170 injured by explosions near Boston Marathon finish line

4/15/2013
3 Dead, Many More Injured in Boston Bomb Blasts

Authorities searching for suspects, motive behind attack at finish line of Boston Marathon

4/10/2013
Antibiotic Prescribing Rates Vary by Region: Report

It may be contributing to growing problem of drug-resistant bacteria, researcher says

4/9/2013
New Bird Flu No Immediate Threat: U.S. Experts

There's been no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission in Chinese outbreak

4/5/2013
Expert Pitches Safety Tips for Young Baseball Players

It's a great youth sport, but beware the possible injuries, doctor advises

4/4/2013
Despite Big Progress, Many Kids Have High Lead Levels in Blood

Mineral has been linked to learning and behavioral problems, CDC says

4/3/2013
Cancer Cases Dropped After Nuke Plant Closed: Study

Disease incidence down in Sacramento County decades after shutdown of Rancho Seco reactor

3/31/2013
Hot Tap Water May Pose Scalding Hazard

Study found temperatures often set higher than safety standard

3/26/2013
Temporary Tattoos May Leave Permanent Damage

As spring break nears, FDA warns that seemingly harmless lark might blister, scar skin

3/25/2013
Shorter Shifts for Medical Interns May Not Boost Patient Safety

Doctors in training don't get more sleep despite change, study found

3/24/2013
U.S. Agency Puts Poison Prevention in Spotlight

EPA urges adults to keep pesticides and disinfectants locked away from children

3/24/2013
Play It Smart When It Comes to Lightning

Sports trainers offer safety tips on ways to stay safe

3/22/2013
FDA Proposes Tighter Regulation of Public Defibrillators

Agency isn't recalling the cardiac-arrest devices, but wants to require pre-market approval

3/22/2013
Flu Season Continues to Wind Down

38 states reported minimal activity last week, CDC says

3/21/2013
They're Cute, But Chicks Carry Salmonella Dangers

Major 2012 outbreak was linked to mail-order chicks, ducklings, CDC says

3/18/2013
Health Tip: Practice Winter Sports Safety

Protect kids from injuries

3/15/2013
Skies Not-So-Friendly for Passengers With Nut Allergies

But travelers can take steps to reduce their risk of allergic reaction, study suggests

3/15/2013
Health Tip: Don't Breathe Outdoor Smoke

Steer clear to avoid breathing problems

3/14/2013
Health Tip: Broil Fish for a Healthy Dinner

Follow these cooking guidelines

3/13/2013
Scientists Report Clues to Flu Shot's Effectiveness

When people fail to make enough white blood cells the vaccine is less protective, study finds

3/13/2013
ERs Not Doing Enough to Educate Parents on Car-Seat Safety: Study

Treatment after a crash can be a teachable moment on proper use of passenger restraints