Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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8/13/2012
Dallas-Fort Worth Brace for West Nile Spraying

The Texas cities have been hit hard by the potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease

8/13/2012
Many Test Results Left Unread as Patients Leave Hospital: Study

Electronic records could prevent important information from falling through cracks, expert says

8/12/2012
Safety Eyewear Can Prevent Sports Injuries in Kids

Back-to-school season can mean more eye injuries, expert warns

8/10/2012
'Greening' Vacant Lots May Boost Safety

Well-tended parcels linked to decline in violent crime, small study shows

8/10/2012
Workers With Disabilities More Prone to Injuries: Study

Falls, transportation were leading causes, U.S. study found

8/9/2012
Sharp Spike Seen in Swine Flu Cases: CDC

Number of reported illnesses has jumped 5-fold this week

8/1/2012
Workers With Paid Sick Days Healthier, More Productive: Study

In U.S., only 40 million private-sector employees had access to paid leave in 2010, research shows

8/1/2012
Too Much Bottled Water Might Harm Kids' Teeth

As Americans rely less on tap water, lack of fluoride could be a concern, experts say

8/1/2012
7/30/2012
'Women and Children First?' Not So, Says Study

But critic questions conclusions about who is saved first during ship sinkings

7/26/2012
Certain Tick Bites Might Spur Red Meat Allergy

After exposure to Lone Star tick, some people must avoid red meat thereafter

7/26/2012
Flu Cases From County Fair Traced to Pigs

But this strain isn't very contagious, CDC says

7/25/2012
Airports in N.Y., L.A., Hawaii Deemed Worst for Pandemic Spread

MIT researchers calculated which locations are most likely to play a role in disease dispersal

7/24/2012
33 Sickened by Salmonella Linked to Ground Beef: CDC

Illnesses reported in 7 states; consumers who freeze meat should check for recalled product

7/20/2012
Many Americans Not Prepared for Disasters: Poll

Nearly half of adults surveyed do not have emergency supplies, researchers find

7/20/2012
Work-Linked Sleep Loss May Harm Police Officers' Health

Getting less than 6 hours increases risk of chronic fatigue, obesity and diabetes, researchers say

7/20/2012
Talk to Your Kids About the Colorado Killings

Mental health experts say children and teens need reassurance at times like this

7/19/2012
Tornadoes Don't Have to Be Deadly, Experts Say

Having a 'safe room' nearby, staying alert to warnings key to saving lives, CDC notes

7/19/2012
Disabled Americans Battle for Access to Hotel Pools

Government mandate to retrofit public pools for the disabled has become a hot dispute with the hotel industry

7/19/2012
7/19/2012
Health Tip: Rules for the Pool

Don't let anyone swim alone.

7/18/2012
Infection With 2 HIV Strains Slows Disease Progression

For people infected with HIV-2 and then HIV-1, it takes longer for AIDS to develop, study finds

7/16/2012
Health Tip: Keep Cool in Extreme Heat

Drink plenty of water and wear light clothing

7/12/2012
Electric Fans May Have No Effect in Extreme Heat: Study

U.K. researchers find no solid evidence either way on their use in heat waves, call for more studies

7/12/2012
Reused Vials, Unsafe Injections Threatening Patients: CDC

At least 10 people were hospitalized in two states, report found

7/12/2012
BPA Substitute Lurks in Paper Money, Receipts

BPS is replacing more well-known toxin, but may come with dangers of its own, experts say

7/12/2012
Home Elder Care: Buyer, Beware

Scant background checks of aides often leave frail elderly vulnerable, researchers say

7/6/2012
Simple Steps Can Shield Children From Dog Bites

Over 4.7 million people, mostly kids, are bitten every year, experts say

7/5/2012
Keeping Kids Safe on Roller Coasters and Other Thrill Rides

Height requirements are designed to weed out kids who are too young to enjoy the ride, expert says

7/4/2012
Leave 4th of July Fireworks to Professionals

Report shows about 6,200 people went to the ER for holiday-related injuries in 2011

7/3/2012
FDA Approves First At-Home HIV Test

Experts say it could reduce the number of Americans who are unaware of their HIV status

7/3/2012
Some Crash-Avoidance Systems May Work Better Than Others

Autonomous braking and adaptive headlights provide the biggest benefits, study says

7/2/2012
It's Not So Much the Heat, It's the Lack of Power

Expert advice on how to stay cool if you've lost your electricity

6/27/2012
Annual Beaches Report Finds Water Quality Lacking Along U.S. Shores

Last year was third worst in two decades for advisories, closings for polluted water

6/27/2012
College Athlete Deaths in Workouts Spur New Guidelines

Many players may need more time to acclimatize, athletic trainer's group says

6/27/2012
Wednesday Is National HIV Testing Day

CDC urges all people between the ages of 13 and 64 to get tested at least once

6/26/2012
U.S. Blood Supply at Dangerously Low Levels: Red Cross

Donations fell by 50,000 in June, experts note

6/21/2012
Once-Banned Bird Flu Study Yields Sobering Findings

Few mutations needed to allow airborne spread of H5N1 virus in mammals, scientists find

6/21/2012
As Heat Builds, Take Steps to Protect Yourself

Experts offer advice on how to steer clear of dehydration -- or worse

6/20/2012
More Than Half of Resident Docs Have Worked While Sick: Study

Dedication to work a key reason, but experts say patient safety may be at risk

6/18/2012
Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in the Backyard

Check the area for dangerous plants

6/18/2012
Hotel Room Germs Abound on TV Remotes, Light Switches

Study tracked bacteria counts in facilities in three U.S. states

6/14/2012
Motorcycle Helmet Laws Save Lives and Dollars: CDC

Yet, states are repealing these laws, experts warn

6/13/2012
Plague Rare in U.S., Surfacing in More Affluent Areas

Study shows vermin-linked disease is reaching beyond poor locales

6/12/2012
Huge Rise in CT, MRI, Ultrasound Scan Use: Study

But it's not clear if they're needed or overused

6/8/2012
Danger at Home Lurks in Pills, Plants, Chemicals and More

Parents urged to think like a kid to effectively safety-proof their home

6/8/2012
Poisoning 'Can Happen to Anyone'

Fumes from two cleaning products knock woman out cold

6/7/2012
Flu Season Was One of Mildest on Record, CDC Confirms

Fewer deaths, hospitalizations this year than in the past, agency says

6/7/2012
Ritual in Some Jewish Circumcisions Raises Risk of Herpes Infection: Report

CDC details 11 cases since 2000; NYC health officials advise against oral-genital suction practice

6/6/2012
Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Spreading: WHO

Last line of drug defense, cephalosporins, appears to be weakening, U.N. agency says