Misc. Safety and Public Health News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

Time for Docs to Ditch the White Coat?

New infection control guidelines raise possibility that some attire may spread germs among patients

Extra Zzz's in Morning May Help Teens Stay Alert in Class

Scheduling classes a bit later seems to reduce daytime sleepiness in high school students, study says

Walk, But Stay Safe: Tips for Pedestrians

Use crosswalks, beware at intersections, carry flashlights at night, CDC advises

Want to Stay Healthy? Try Washing Your Hands

Dirty digits are the fastest way to communicate infectious germs, experts say

Meet Henry the Hand: A Crusading Doctor's Right-Hand Man

Cartoon character helps physician spread the gospel of good hand hygiene

U.S. Smoking Rates Drop to Historic Lows: CDC

Report authors credit increasing cigarette taxes, hard-hitting anti-smoking ads for decline

Experts Urge 'Seismic Shift' in Approach to Better U.S. Health Care

Improving education, social services can help Americans live longer, healthier lives, panel says

Ban on Chemicals Lowers Human Exposures, Study Finds

But exposure to similar phthalates that aren't banned has risen, researchers say

U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb

Southwestern states hardest hit, but infections still not at epidemic levels, CDC says

FDA Warns Against Misuse of Laxatives

Ignoring dosing instructions, cautions can lead to serious side effects with some of these products

The Cold, Hard Truth About Surviving Bitter Winter Weather

Doctors offer practical advice for dealing with record-breaking temperatures

Workplace Wellness Programs Work

But study found lifestyle-management programs didn't cut health care costs as much as disease management

The Cold, Hard Truth About Surviving Bitter Winter Weather

Doctors offer practical advice for dealing with record-breaking temperatures

Total Smoking Bans Work Better Than Halfway Measures

Efforts to quit succeed more often with home, city prohibitions in place, study finds

Portable Bed Rails Can Pose Safety Hazard, FDA Says

Agency explains how to reduce potential for falling or being trapped