Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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12/21/2012
Mass Murders: Why Us? Why the U.S.?

From gun availability to a lack of therapists, experts say many factors contribute to the spate of killings

12/19/2012
Health Tip: Keep Kids From Choking Hazards

Offer only safe foods and toys

12/18/2012
Health Tip: Prevent Disease From Pets

Avoid touching animal waste

12/17/2012
Health Tip: Think 'Healthy' During the Holidays

Wash your hands to avoid passing germs

12/14/2012
Gadget Givers Urged to Consider Ramifications

Electronic gifts should come with efforts to help kids be responsible users, experts say

12/14/2012
Family Grapples With Kids' Tech Time

Parental diligence and a few rules allow the good with less risk

12/13/2012
Health Tip: Check Holiday Lights

Look for problems before you plug them in

12/12/2012
Study Finds New SARS-Like Virus Spread Through Bats, Pigs

Finding might help public health officials develop plan to contain possible outbreak

12/12/2012
Health Tip: Choosing a Safe Christmas Tree

If artificial, make sure it's labeled 'fire-resistant'

12/10/2012
Eliminating Mouth-to-Mouth Boosts CPR Results: Study

Used with automatic defibrillator, chest compression alone helped people survive cardiac arrest

12/6/2012
FDA Issues Warning for Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

One lot may be infected with salmonella, health officials say

12/5/2012
Flesh-Eating Fungal Infection Can Follow Natural Disasters, Study Finds

Five people died from mucormycosis after 2011 Joplin, Mo., tornado

12/3/2012
12/2/2012
Helmets Do Save Lives on the Slopes, Research Shows

Fewer and less severe injuries seen in those wearing head protection, study review finds

11/30/2012
Make Sure Toys You Buy Are Safe for Tots

Keep kids' ages in mind when shopping, doctors urge

11/28/2012
Steep Cigarette Tax Hike Could Save Lives, Money: Report

50 cents more a pack would mean 3 million more nonsmokers, 200,000 lives saved by 2085

11/28/2012
Latest West Nile Tally: 5,245 Cases, 236 Deaths

Texas still the hardest hit state with 1,714 cases, 76 deaths, CDC says

11/28/2012
Toxic Chemicals in Many Couches Sold in U.S.: Report

Flame-retardants Tris and pentaBDE have been tied to cancer, hormone problems

11/26/2012
Nurses' Long Shifts May Have Downside: Study

Meant as a work flexibility option, extended shifts might promote job burnout and affect patient care

11/26/2012
1 in 4 in U.S. Starts Drinking Before Turning 21: Report

Six of the top 10 states for underage drinking are in the Northeast, analysis finds

11/25/2012
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazards Rise in Colder Weather

Heating devices such as fireplaces, furnaces, lanterns can emit deadly gas

11/21/2012
Number of U.S. Kids With Diabetes Could Skyrocket: Study

By 2050, rates of type 2 disease may rise by 50 percent, and type 1 incidence may jump nearly one-quarter

11/21/2012
Home Is Where the Hearth Is

Experts offer advice on safe use of fireplaces, wood stoves

11/21/2012
Routine Checkups Don't Cut Cancer, Heart Deaths: Study

Large evidence review suggests standardized screenings aren't that helpful for the 'worried well'

11/20/2012
Hanging Suicides Up in United States

Biggest increase seen among middle-age adults, study finds

11/20/2012
Airport Smoking Areas Expose Travelers, Workers to Risk: CDC

Ventilating buildings and cleaning the air doesn't eliminate secondhand smoke exposure, study finds

11/20/2012
Supplement Use Widespread Among Americans

But perception rather than solid evidence appears to drive demand, researchers say

11/20/2012
Health Tip: Using a Generator Safely

Never run it inside the home or near windows

11/19/2012
Many Surgical Complications Occur After Patients Go Home

In study, those with post-op problems both in and out of hospital had highest rates of reoperation, death

11/18/2012
Food Safety Tips For a Worry-Free Tailgating Party

For starters, never leave cooked foods out for more than 2 hours

11/14/2012
Some Patients May Be Shortchanged During Hospital Shift Changes

Doctors spent more time discussing patients based on room location, not case severity, study found

11/13/2012
Many Americans Still in the Dark About Antibiotic Resistance

Poll found misconceptions linger about what it means, how it happens

11/7/2012
CDC: West Nile Toll Now 5,054 Cases, 228 Deaths

Texas the hardest hit state with 1,684 cases and 76 deaths

11/7/2012
Report Details Start of Steroid Meningitis Outbreak

More federal oversight needed to prevent repeat occurrences, expert says

11/6/2012
Health Tip: Protect Your Child From Abduction

Keep close eye on the child while you're out

11/2/2012
Power Slowly Returns to Much of Northeast After Sandy

But almost 4 million remain without electricity as death toll rises to 92

11/1/2012
Sandy's Death Toll Rises, Even as East Coast Struggles Back to Life

At least 75 are dead and millions remain without power

10/31/2012
Sandy Leaves Massive Blackouts, Flood Damage in Her Wake

At least 51 are dead and millions are left without power

10/30/2012
Sandy's Wrath Brings Massive Blackouts, Flooding Across Northeast

At least 39 are dead and millions are left without power

10/30/2012
Tips on Keeping Food Safe When the Power Goes Out

But when it doubt, throw it out, food safety experts warn

10/29/2012
Keep Pets Safe During Hurricane Sandy

Experts remind people to take special care of their animals in emergency situations

10/29/2012
Millions Brace as Hurricane Sandy Slams the East Coast

Residents stock up on emergency supplies, while evacuations ordered, public transit shut down

10/29/2012
Health Tip: Help Prevent a Concussion

Abide by the rules of your sport

10/28/2012
Millions Prepare as Hurricane Sandy Starts Assault on East Coast

Residents stock up on emergency supplies, while evacuations ordered, public transit shut down

10/28/2012
Harvest Season Can Be Hazardous for Farmers

ER doctor offers safety advice to avoid traumatic injuries, other health problems

10/27/2012
Halloween Warning: Decorative Contact Lenses May Damage Your Eyes

Using nonprescription lenses can lead to infection, vision loss, eye doctor says

10/26/2012
Hurricane Sandy Has East Coast in Its Crosshairs

Start making emergency preparations now, experts say, because it could rival 1991's 'perfect storm'

10/25/2012
West Nile Cases Pass 4,700 Mark Nationwide: CDC

Number of deaths now stands at 219, up from 183 last week

10/25/2012
Get Ready for Hurricane Sandy, Experts Warn

Its severity could rival 1991's 'perfect storm,' forecasters predict

10/24/2012
CDC Panel: All Pregnant Women Should Get Whooping Cough Shot

Mother's immunity can be passed on to her child, experts say