Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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5/8/2013
Health Tip: Enjoy a Safe Prom

Avoid crash dieting, drinking

5/7/2013
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

5/6/2013
Many Parents Texting, Phoning While Driving Their Kids: Survey

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

5/2/2013
Only 1 in 5 Americans Gets Enough Exercise: CDC

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

4/29/2013
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

4/26/2013
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Saturday

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

4/26/2013
Roadside Breath Test for Drugs Could Be on Horizon

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

4/25/2013
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

4/24/2013
Many Who Got Thyroid Cancer After Chernobyl Still Alive: Study

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

4/24/2013
Many Americans Breathing Cleaner Air: Report

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

4/24/2013
Motorcycle Deaths Continue to Climb: Report

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

4/23/2013
Deadly Meningitis Cases Worry Gay Community

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

4/19/2013
Many Parents Text, Phone With Kids in Car: Survey

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

4/19/2013
4/18/2013
Treatment for New, Deadly Coronavirus Shows Promise

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

4/17/2013
Prepared for Trauma, Overwhelmed by Carnage

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

4/16/2013
Boston Bombing Injuries 'Like a War Zone'

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

4/15/2013
3 Dead, Many More Injured in Boston Bomb Blasts

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

4/10/2013
Antibiotic Prescribing Rates Vary by Region: Report

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

4/9/2013
New Bird Flu No Immediate Threat: U.S. Experts

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

4/5/2013
Expert Pitches Safety Tips for Young Baseball Players

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

4/4/2013
Despite Big Progress, Many Kids Have High Lead Levels in Blood

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

4/3/2013
Cancer Cases Dropped After Nuke Plant Closed: Study

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

3/31/2013
Hot Tap Water May Pose Scalding Hazard

Study found temperatures often set higher than safety standard

3/26/2013
Temporary Tattoos May Leave Permanent Damage

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

3/25/2013
Shorter Shifts for Medical Interns May Not Boost Patient Safety

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

3/24/2013
U.S. Agency Puts Poison Prevention in Spotlight

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

3/24/2013
Play It Smart When It Comes to Lightning

Sports trainers offer safety tips on ways to stay safe

3/22/2013
FDA Proposes Tighter Regulation of Public Defibrillators

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

3/22/2013
Flu Season Continues to Wind Down

38 states reported minimal activity last week, CDC says

3/21/2013
They're Cute, But Chicks Carry Salmonella Dangers

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

3/18/2013
Health Tip: Practice Winter Sports Safety

Protect kids from injuries

3/15/2013
Skies Not-So-Friendly for Passengers With Nut Allergies

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

3/15/2013
Health Tip: Don't Breathe Outdoor Smoke

Steer clear to avoid breathing problems

3/14/2013
Health Tip: Broil Fish for a Healthy Dinner

Follow these cooking guidelines

3/13/2013
Scientists Report Clues to Flu Shot's Effectiveness

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

3/13/2013
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

3/13/2013
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

3/13/2013
Health Tip: Be Careful With Kids Around Water at Home

Follow safety guidelines around bathrooms

3/12/2013
Health Tip: Childproof the Laundry Area

Make sure kids don't have access to potential dangers

3/11/2013
Kids' Pet Frogs Caused Salmonella Outbreak: CDC

Infection traced to animals bred at single California facility

3/8/2013
Space Heater Safety Tips Can Help Prevent Burns, Fires

Experts give advice on where to place, how to use devices

3/8/2013
Flu Infections Continue to Decline

33 states experienced minimal activity last week, CDC says

3/8/2013
3/7/2013
3/6/2013
Do More Gun Laws Mean Fewer Gun Deaths?

Study says that seems to be the case, but at least one expert calls the research flawed

3/6/2013
Steer Clear of 'Miracle Cures,' Other Bogus Health Products: FDA

Some can cause serious harm, agency warns

3/5/2013
Tornado Survivors Surprisingly Optimistic, Study Finds

This could be a problem if people don't feel they need to prepare for future disasters

3/5/2013
'Nightmare' Bacteria Spreading in U.S. Hospitals, Nursing Homes: CDC

Half of those infected die from this antibiotic-resistant bacteria

3/5/2013
Report Details Steps to Boost Patient Safety

Leadership is needed for change to occur, experts say