Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

Swallowing Magnets Can Be Fatal for Children

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

Eyelash Extension Adhesives May Cause Bad Reactions

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

Many Public Pools Contaminated With Human Waste: CDC

Agency offers clear advice to help you avoid infections

Noisy Operating Rooms May Jeopardize Patient Safety

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

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

CDC Guidelines Could Cut Bloodstream Infections From Dialysis

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

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

Nearly Half of High Schoolers Text While Driving: Survey

Those teens also more prone to drunk driving, results show

Health Tip: Enjoy a Safe Prom

Avoid crash dieting, drinking

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

Many Parents Texting, Phoning While Driving Their Kids: Survey

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

Only 1 in 5 Americans Gets Enough Exercise: CDC

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

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

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Saturday

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

Roadside Breath Test for Drugs Could Be on Horizon

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

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

Many Who Got Thyroid Cancer After Chernobyl Still Alive: Study

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

Many Americans Breathing Cleaner Air: Report

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

Motorcycle Deaths Continue to Climb: Report

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

Deadly Meningitis Cases Worry Gay Community

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

Many Parents Text, Phone With Kids in Car: Survey

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

Treatment for New, Deadly Coronavirus Shows Promise

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

Prepared for Trauma, Overwhelmed by Carnage

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

Boston Bombing Injuries 'Like a War Zone'

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

3 Dead, Many More Injured in Boston Bomb Blasts

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

Antibiotic Prescribing Rates Vary by Region: Report

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

New Bird Flu No Immediate Threat: U.S. Experts

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

Expert Pitches Safety Tips for Young Baseball Players

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

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

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

Cancer Cases Dropped After Nuke Plant Closed: Study

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

Hot Tap Water May Pose Scalding Hazard

Study found temperatures often set higher than safety standard

Temporary Tattoos May Leave Permanent Damage

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

Shorter Shifts for Medical Interns May Not Boost Patient Safety

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

U.S. Agency Puts Poison Prevention in Spotlight

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

Play It Smart When It Comes to Lightning

Sports trainers offer safety tips on ways to stay safe

FDA Proposes Tighter Regulation of Public Defibrillators

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

Flu Season Continues to Wind Down

38 states reported minimal activity last week, CDC says

They're Cute, But Chicks Carry Salmonella Dangers

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

Health Tip: Practice Winter Sports Safety

Protect kids from injuries

Skies Not-So-Friendly for Passengers With Nut Allergies

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

Health Tip: Don't Breathe Outdoor Smoke

Steer clear to avoid breathing problems

Health Tip: Broil Fish for a Healthy Dinner

Follow these cooking guidelines

Scientists Report Clues to Flu Shot's Effectiveness

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

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

Study Confirms Slight Rise in Paralysis Risk After Swine Flu Shot

Less than 2 'excess' cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome found per 1 million vaccinations

Health Tip: Be Careful With Kids Around Water at Home

Follow safety guidelines around bathrooms

Health Tip: Childproof the Laundry Area

Make sure kids don't have access to potential dangers