Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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2/1/2013
Program to Spot Painkiller ODs Saves Lives: Study

Goal is to teach family, friends what to do when someone has taken too many pills

1/31/2013
More Child Gun Injuries in States With Self-Defense Laws

But study found no improvement from other laws meant to curb children's access to firearms

1/28/2013
Poll Finds Broad Support for Tougher Gun Laws

And NRA members endorse measures such as background checks for all gun sales

1/25/2013
Flu Still at Epidemic Levels: CDC

Children and seniors especially vulnerable; infections declining in some regions

1/24/2013
Drivers' Attitudes While Learning May Predict Future Road Performance

Study ties early views on unsafe behaviors to speeding tickets later

1/24/2013
Vaccinating Kids Against Common Gut Bug Helps Shield Adults Too: Study

Rotavirus infection causes severe gastrointestinal symptoms and can be deadly

1/23/2013
Controversial Bird Flu Research to Resume

U.S. still on hold, but scientists in other countries ready to end moratorium

1/22/2013
Hospital Readmissions All Too Common, U.S. Studies Find

It's a complex, system-wide problem, expert says

1/22/2013
1/20/2013
Winter Sports Safety: Preparation Is Key

Orthopedic surgeons offer tips for cold-weather workouts

1/18/2013
48 States Now Report Flu Activity, Elderly Hit Hard

It's still not too late to get vaccinated, experts say

1/18/2013
Many Young Americans Plan to Own a Gun, Survey Finds

Included are depressed, unpopular teens and avid gamers

1/17/2013
Pictures Speak Louder Than Words on Cigarette Labeling

Graphic images of health consequences shored up smokers' intentions to quit, study found

1/17/2013
FDA Approves New Type of Flu Vaccine

Flublok easier to produce quickly and in large quantities, agency says

1/16/2013
Childhood Vaccine Schedule Is Safe, Report Says

Critics call for more research into whether shots may be linked to some developmental disorders

1/16/2013
Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself From the Flu

As the outbreak worsens, health experts urge flu shots, frequent hand-washing and other measures

1/11/2013
Flu Widespread in 47 States, Vaccine 'Moderately' Effective: CDC

Infections appear to be falling in the Southeast, where the virus first appeared

1/10/2013
FDA: Lower Ambien's Dose to Prevent Drowsy Driving

Blood levels from nighttime dose remain too high the next morning, agency says

1/10/2013
Prescription Painkillers Trail Only Marijuana in Abuse Rates, Report Shows

Rising numbers of people seeking treatment for abuse of these pain drugs, federal officials say

1/9/2013
Americans Suffer Worse Health Than Peers in Other Countries

Even younger adults don't fare as well as counterparts elsewhere, report says

1/3/2013
Many Americans Drive While Drowsy: Report

1 in 25 reports falling asleep at the wheel, CDC says

12/25/2012
Keep Kitchen Utensils Clean While Preparing Holiday Meal

Cross-contamination can occur easily during cooking process, study says

12/25/2012
Health Tip: Help Keep Your Baby's Crib Safe

Older cribs may not meet new standards

12/21/2012
Preventable Surgical Errors Continue to Occur: Study

So-called 'never events' include operating on the wrong body part or leaving towels inside patients

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