Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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10/17/2013
10/16/2013
Shellfish Toxin Spreading to Eastern U.S., Report Says

Warming seas may contribute to growth of this potentially deadly bacteria, experts say

10/16/2013
Lawsuits Involving Laser Treatments by Non-Docs on the Rise

Medical-grade lasers can cause burning and cell damage to skin, experts warn

10/15/2013
Health Tip: Getting Sick on a Cruise

Suggestions to help keep you and others well

10/7/2013
Survey: Drowsy Driving More Likely for 'Short Sleepers'

Feeling rested may not guarantee safety of those who sleep less than six hours a night

10/5/2013
Selecting Sunglasses for Healthy Eyes

Tips for protecting your vision and skin

10/4/2013
'Cruise Ship Virus' Vaccine a First-Class Idea?

In early trial, symptoms of norovirus infection were halved, researchers say

9/30/2013
Whooping Cough Outbreaks Tied to Parents Shunning Vaccines

Study finds that areas with high rates of nonmedical vaccine exemptions also had high number of cases

9/27/2013
Drugged Driving Plays Major Role in Traffic Deaths

Alone or combined with alcohol, study finds it multiplies the risk for road fatalities

9/26/2013
CDC Reports More Americans Getting Flu Shots

But overall rate still low, so officials urge everyone over 6 months of age to get vaccinated this season

9/20/2013
FDA Launches System to Label Medical Devices

Goal is to improve patient safety, identify items for recall and prevent counterfeiting

9/20/2013
Deadly Respiratory Virus Has Passed Between Animals, Humans Before

Study still doesn't pinpoint from which animal the virus is coming

9/20/2013
Bacterial 'Autopsy' Could Speed Antibiotic Discovery: Study

Scientists invent faster analysis of chemicals with bacteria-killing abilities; experts stress need for new generation of infection-fighting drugs

9/19/2013
Medical Harm Occurs in Nearly 43 Million Hospital Cases Each Year

Review focused on seven facets of poor care worldwide

9/19/2013
FDA Airs Plan to Strengthen Rules for Imported Foods

50 percent of fresh fruit and 20 percent of fresh vegetables from abroad, agency says

9/16/2013
CDC Sounds Alarm on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Report cites overuse of antibiotics as key to the life-threatening problem

9/12/2013
States With More Gun Owners Have More Gun-Related Murders: Study

Researchers looked at 30 years of data from all 50 states

9/11/2013
Health Tip: Climbing at the Playground

Make sure equipment is age-appropriate

9/9/2013
Recycled Wastewater Safe for Crop Irrigation, Study Says

'Reassuringly low' levels of medications, personal care products found in food grown with treated sewage water

9/6/2013
Sleepy Teens Seem at Higher Risk for Pedestrian Accidents

Virtual-reality study found those who lacked adequate sleep at greater risk of injury

9/5/2013
U.S. Drinking Water Sanitation Still a Concern: CDC

Bacteria in plumbing systems, groundwater persist in causing outbreaks

9/3/2013
Hospital-Acquired Infections Cost $10 Billion a Year: Study

Five most common health care-associated infections strike 440,000 U.S. patients each year

9/3/2013
Health Tip: Safe Use of a Car Seat

Make sure it's installed properly

8/30/2013
New Moms, the Obese Prone to Flu Complications, Analysis Finds

But pregnant women not at high risk for problems, as previously thought

8/29/2013
Toddlers Can Die From Swallowing Parents' Drug Detox Meds

Buprenorphine responsible for 2,380 poison cases, 4 deaths in less than 3 years, study found

8/29/2013
8/29/2013
Health Tip: Cleaning Up From a Flood

Don't forget personal hygiene

8/28/2013
Health Tip: Be Ready for a Hurricane

Stay tuned to weather on the TV or radio

8/27/2013
Measles Outbreak Hits Texas Megachurch

As many as 16 unvaccinated people infected so far, reports say

8/27/2013
Health Tip: Pack Safe School Lunches

Take steps to prevent foodborne illness

8/22/2013
CDC Frees Up Drug That Fights Brain-Eating Amoeba

2 U.S. children have recently been infected and made severely ill with amoeba found in freshwater

8/21/2013
8/20/2013
Researchers Prove Carbon Monoxide Passes Through Walls

Finding points out importance of having alarms, even if no source of the lethal gas is in the home itself

8/20/2013
8/20/2013
Health Tip: Practice Water Safety With Children Around

Never leave a child unsupervised near water

8/19/2013
Epilepsy Drug Warnings May Slip Through Cracks

1 in 5 neurologists unaware of updated safety risks identified by FDA, survey finds

8/19/2013
U.S. Lyme Disease Cases Vastly Underreported: CDC

Ongoing studies suggest ticks infect 300,000 people each year

8/19/2013
Health Tip: Protect Kids From Mercury Exposure

Limit certain fish in their diet

8/16/2013
Health Reporter Nearly Killed by Food Poisoning

She recovered from E. coli, but not before nine days in the ICU and another 10 days in the hospital

8/16/2013
When It Comes to Food, Be Safe Not Sorry

Experts offer advice to ensure healthy eating

8/12/2013
ADHD + Texting = Double Trouble for Teen Drivers, Study Finds

One proposed solution: technology that cuts off cellphone when engine is on

8/9/2013
Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 307 in 37 States

CDC says infections are linked to baby poultry from multiple hatcheries

8/8/2013
8/1/2013
U.S. Gun Violence: Murders Down, Suicides Up, CDC Reports

Limiting access to guns is the only solution, expert says

7/29/2013
Health Tip: Giving Baby a Pacifier

Make sure it doesn't pose a choking risk

7/26/2013
Germs in the Gym

Basketballs, volleyballs can be magnets for bacteria, study finds

7/25/2013
Health Tip: Use Baby Pools Safely

Don't leave children unattended

7/25/2013
Health Tip: Mental Status Affects Your Driving

Pull over if you're upset or angry

7/23/2013
Bright Lights, Safe Cities

Risk of death from injuries higher in rural areas of U.S., study finds

7/22/2013
TVs Toppling Onto Tots at Alarming Rate, Study Finds

As families own more TVs, tip-overs have doubled, study finds