Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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6/5/2014
People Under 65 Hard Hit by Flu This Year

H1N1 strain predominated in season that peaked early; CDC recommends inclusion of H1N1 in next year's vaccine

6/5/2014
Health Tip: Consider Air Bag Safety for Children

Seat them in the back of the car

6/3/2014
Food Handlers Cause Most Food-Poisoning Cases

Norovirus spread in restaurants accounts for two-thirds of all outbreaks, CDC says

5/29/2014
U.S. Measles Cases at 20-Year High

Almost all infections involve unvaccinated residents who traveled abroad, CDC says

5/29/2014
5/28/2014
Can Fire Retardants Raise Risk of Children Born With Lower IQs?

Study found higher levels of the chemicals in mom also upped chances of hyperactivity in kids by age 5

5/27/2014
Task Force Recommends Hep B Screening for High-Risk People

Vaccine, antiviral treatments make it worthwhile to spot chronic condition early, researcher says

5/24/2014
Jump in, Just Don't Swallow the Water

Kiddie pools are hotspots of bacteria, expert says

5/23/2014
Fewer Americans Believe E-Cigs Safer Than Tobacco Cigarettes: Study

But e-cigarettes continue to rise in popularity, with sales nearing $1.7 billion

5/22/2014
Yelp Can Help Spot Food Poisonings at Restaurants

The online review service was used to identify several foodborne outbreaks in New York City

5/20/2014
Unwanted Germs Can Land, Last Inside Jetliners

Study focused on MRSA and E. coli bacteria

5/19/2014
Existing Drugs May Work Against MERS, Studies Suggest

Findings could speed access to treatment for patients who can't wait for new drugs to be developed

5/19/2014
Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in Shopping Carts

Suggestions to prevent tipping and injuries

5/16/2014
New Drug for Chagas Disease Disappoints in 1st Human Trial

Older medication bested posaconazole, but combination of both might work well, study says

5/15/2014
Water Poses More Danger for Black Youths Than Whites: CDC

Evidence suggests they are less likely to have been taught basic swimming skills, researcher notes

5/15/2014
As Summer Arrives, CDC Offers Pool Chemical Safety Tips

Injuries can occur when people ignore instructions or get careless with these hazardous products

5/14/2014
Hand Microbes Might Reflect Where, How You Live

Finding suggests that studies in this area should include people from different regions

5/13/2014
Pets Can Carry Same 'Superbug' Strains as Their Owners: Study

But infection tends to originate in humans, so concern that your cat or dog has MRSA isn't necessary, researchers say

5/12/2014
Car Crash Risk May Go Up During Pregnancy

Second trimester increase noted in large Canadian study, but reason remains unclear

5/9/2014
Tips for New Moms on Mother's Day

FDA experts offer advice on doctor visits, use of medications

5/8/2014
CDC Targets 5 Parasitic Infections

Neglected but treatable infections impact millions of Americans unknowingly, agency notes

5/6/2014
Motorcycle Accidents Claiming Fewer American Lives

Statistics show drop in fatalities last year, but poor riding weather, not better safety, may be reason why

5/5/2014
Many Bullied Teens Carry Weapons to School, Study Finds

Better efforts needed to help victims before they retaliate with guns, knives, researchers say

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