Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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6/6/2012
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Don't Boost Local Crime: Study

No rise in violent or property crime seen in Sacramento, Calif., neighborhoods

6/5/2012
Some Prisoners Misuse Antibiotic Ointments: Study

Using topical medicines for grooming could lead to drug-resistant bacteria, researchers say

6/4/2012
'Super Bug' May Thrive in Homes Where Kids Have Staph Infections

Shared objects, household surfaces can spur transmission of MRSA

6/1/2012
Many Americans Taking Too Much Acetaminophen

Study finds many people take 8 to 12 capsules daily, putting them at risk for liver damage

6/1/2012
Small Batteries, Other Shiny Objects Pose Risks to Children

Curious kids may accidentally swallow magnets and batteries, leading to serious injury

5/30/2012
Brave New World of Genetics Requires Safeguards, Experts Say

Regulations haven't kept pace with discoveries, American Heart Association warns

5/29/2012
Education May Protect Brain From Exposure to Solvents

More schooling seems to preserve thinking skills as chemical workers age, study says

5/26/2012
Keep Food Safety in Mind This Memorial Day Weekend

Even locally grown or organic fresh produce can become contaminated, experts warn

5/24/2012
Flesh-Eating Bacteria No Cause for Panic, Experts Say

Cases of illness are relatively rare and treatable with antibiotics if caught early, they stress

5/17/2012
OSHA's Safety Tests Protect Workers at Little Cost: Study

But some disagree with researchers' conclusions

5/17/2012
Drowning Is Leading Cause of Kids' Accidental Death: CDC

Swimming lessons can help protect toddlers, experts say

5/17/2012
'Fish Pedicure' a Recipe for Bacterial Infection, Researchers Warn

Health spa practice is highly unhealthy, study reports

5/16/2012
CDC Lowers Lead-Poisoning Threshold for Kids

Cutting the safe blood level of the metal in children is long overdue, advocates say

5/10/2012
Many Young Adults at Risk of Skin Cancer: CDC

Sunbathing, indoor tanning all too common, study finds

5/9/2012
Wheelchair Breakdowns on the Rise, Study Finds

More than half of spinal cord injury patients surveyed had equipment problems within 6 months

5/9/2012
Rate of Hospitalizations for Stroke Has Declined in U.S.

The death rate for these patients also fell from 9% in 1989 to 5% in 2009, study shows

5/4/2012
Obese Drivers Less Likely to Buckle Up: Study

Morbidly obese people also are more likely than normal-weight people to die in car crashes

5/1/2012
Tasers Can Trigger Fatal Heart Trouble, Study Says

Study looked at eight healthy men who became unconscious after receiving shock

5/1/2012
4/30/2012
Health Tip: Installing a Playground at Home

Make sure the ground below is well-cushioned

4/30/2012
Cellphones, Texting Put Teen Drivers in Danger, Studies Show

One study -- using car simulators -- indicates phone use hazardous no matter where it's held

4/26/2012
Many U.S. Workers Sleep-Deprived: CDC

Transportation workers among those getting the least shuteye, researchers say

4/26/2012
Another Drug 'Take-Back Day' Scheduled for Saturday

Public urged to safely dispose of unwanted prescription meds at collection sites April 28

4/25/2012
Air Quality Improving in Many U.S. Cities: Report

Even Los Angeles showed lowest smog levels in more than a decade, data found

4/23/2012
Cyberbullying May Call for New Prevention Tactics

Existing anti-bully programs won't get through to online aggressors, researcher says

4/23/2012
U.S. Gives Green Light to Publish Controversial Bird Flu Research

After expert panel review, officials say H5N1 findings are of benefit, with little risk to national security

4/21/2012
Close Laundry Detergent Right After Use, Expert Says

Open containers can be hazardous to children, pets

4/21/2012
On-the-Job Injuries Can Be Lethal to U.S. Teens

88 lost their lives to workplace trauma in 2010 alone, study found

4/20/2012
Long MP3 Playlists Lead to Distracted Drivers

When searching for songs, drivers in a simulator took their eyes off the road for too long, study finds

4/19/2012
Healthy Lifestyle Choices Could Cut Cancer Rates: Report

But researchers say lawmakers, private industry need to do more to encourage change

4/16/2012
Dissolvable Heart Artery Stents Appear Safe in Study

Biodegradable stents might lower risk of heart attack, Japanese researchers suggest

4/16/2012
Death From Accidental Injuries Among Kids Drops 30%: CDC

Biggest decrease seen in car crashes; suffocations among infants, poisoning rates went up

4/16/2012
Young Risk-Takers Drawn to Dangerous 'Choking Game'

Study finds 6% of Oregon eighth graders admitted trying it, two-thirds had played more than once

4/13/2012
'Red Tide' Likely in New England This Season, Experts Warn

Severe bloom would close shellfish beds

4/12/2012
DNA Testing Finds Allergens, Toxins in Traditional Chinese Medicines

U.S. experts say supplements made in America are different, but neither country tests for ingredients

4/12/2012
Common Plastics Chemical Might Boost Diabetes Risk

Phthalates, found in soaps, lotions and food packaging, may disrupt insulin production, researchers say

4/12/2012
Passengers on 'Bat' Plane Cleared of Rabies Risk

But health, airline authorities should be prepared to deal with wild intruders, CDC says

4/11/2012
FDA Seeks to Limit Antibiotics in Animal Feed

Practice blamed by some for increase in drug-resistant germs in people

4/10/2012
Tax Day May Drive Up Fatal Crash Rates

But expert notes study finding doesn't make it clear whether stress causes the spike

4/10/2012
U.S. Spends Too Little on Public Health Initiatives: Report

Just $251 per person goes annually toward programs to prevent costly chronic diseases

4/8/2012
Experts Offer Advice After Yankee Pitcher's Trampoline Injury

Baseball player Joba Chamberlain one of thousands felled by trampoline mishaps annually

4/6/2012
Pharmacy 'Robots' Linked to Bacterial Contamination of Drugs

Researchers call for better cleaning guidelines for the machines, increasingly found in hospitals

4/4/2012
Better Safeguards Needed for Imported Food, Drugs: Report

U.S. needs to bolster safety systems in developing countries, prevent fraud, Institute of Medicine says

4/2/2012
U.S. Advisers Say It's Now Safe to Publish Bird Flu Studies

Revisions to the research erase worry that bioterrorists might learn how to unleash a pandemic

3/29/2012
911 Dispatchers May Suffer From Post-Traumatic Stress

Indirect exposure to disturbing events can cause psychological disorders, study says

3/20/2012
Northeast U.S. Should Brace for Spike in Lyme Disease: Expert

The reason is a steep drop in mouse populations, a tick's preferred host

3/20/2012
Many Americans Ambivalent Over Laws Aimed at Healthy Living

Poll finds most accept rules for safety, smoking, eating, but also worry about a 'nanny state'

3/14/2012
Anti-Smoking Efforts Saved 795,000 Lives Over 25 Years: Study

Public smoking bans, higher cigarette taxes, increased risk awareness all helped

3/14/2012
Your Neighborhood Can Affect Your Heart Health

People living near parks and trails, with access to fresh food, had healthier hearts

3/13/2012
One Antibiotic Appears to Ease Severe E. Coli Infection

Small study looked at bacteria that caused German outbreak