Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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Vaccine Against Bird Flu Readied, Just in Case

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

Pediatricians Should Plan for Anthrax Attack, U.S. Experts Say

Children may need special treatment in wake of bioterrorism

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

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

For Teen Drivers, Unruly Passengers May Be Greater Threat Than Phones

Findings underscore importance of license restrictions, researchers say

Start Tornado Preparation Now, Expert Advises

Decide ahead of time where to take shelter

Homes Now 'Reservoirs' for Superbug MRSA

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria common on household surfaces, study finds

Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

How to avoid accidental poisonings from chemicals, medications

Restaurants in Poor Areas Push Unhealthy Foods, Study Finds

Making good meal choices is harder, researcher says

Most Medical Devices Approved for Kids Only Tested on Adults: Study

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

Misdiagnoses Common Among U.S. Outpatients: Review

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

Health Tip: Use a Safe Stroller

Make sure toys can't fall on your child

Health Tip: Preventing Stairway Falls

Make sure stairs are well-lit and clear of clutter

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

Younger Adults Hit Hardest This Flu Season

Although H1N1 strain predominates, previous exposure prevented pandemic

Health Tip: Practice Biking Safety

Follow the rules of the road

Swine Flu From 2009 Pandemic Also Struck Sea Otters: Study

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

Health Tip: Be a Safe Patient

What to do if you're hospitalized

Kitchen Cutting Boards Can Harbor Drug-Resistant Germs: Study

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

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

Health Tip: Install Smoke Detectors at Home

Make sure there's one in each bedroom

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

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

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

Health Tip: Run Safely

And lower your chances of injury

Health Tip: Check Your Child's Playground

Inspect carefully before play begins

'Five-Second' Food Rule May Be Real, Study Finds

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

Safety Checklists for Surgery May Not Lower Deaths, Complications: Study

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

Health Tip: Preparing for a Tornado

Here's what you should stock up on

Ah, Spring . . . And a Snakebite Alert

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

Doctors' Germ-Laden Stethoscope May Spread Nasty Bacteria

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

Legal Drinking Age of 21 Saves Lives, Review Finds

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

FDA To Step Up Oversight of Indian Drug Makers

More inspectors planned as India emerges as growing source of pharmaceuticals

Many U.S. Hospitals Fall Short in Preventing Infections

Study authors consider findings 'a call to action'

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

Flu Hits Unvaccinated Hardest, Study Finds

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

Health Tip: Protect Kids in Motor Vehicle Crashes

Always use car seats and seat belts

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

Kidney Donation a Low-Risk Choice, Study Finds

Rigorous screening process leaves only healthy candidates

Health Tip: Choosing the Right Babysitter

Select someone with references

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

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'

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

Health Tip: Make Sure Baby's Crib Sheets Fit

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

Another Arctic Blast Has Much of U.S. in Its Grip

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

Third Deep Freeze Sweeps Across Country

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

Dealing With The Deep Freeze

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

Shopping Carts Can Pose Big Danger to Little Kids

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

Hospital Safety Improves for Heart Patients, Study Finds

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

FDA Approval Process Comes Under Scrutiny in Studies

Drugs face inconsistent standards, heart device upgrades may not undergo clinical trials, researchers say