Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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11/19/2012
Many Surgical Complications Occur After Patients Go Home

In study, those with post-op problems both in and out of hospital had highest rates of reoperation, death

11/18/2012
Food Safety Tips For a Worry-Free Tailgating Party

For starters, never leave cooked foods out for more than 2 hours

11/14/2012
Some Patients May Be Shortchanged During Hospital Shift Changes

Doctors spent more time discussing patients based on room location, not case severity, study found

11/13/2012
Many Americans Still in the Dark About Antibiotic Resistance

Poll found misconceptions linger about what it means, how it happens

11/7/2012
CDC: West Nile Toll Now 5,054 Cases, 228 Deaths

Texas the hardest hit state with 1,684 cases and 76 deaths

11/7/2012
Report Details Start of Steroid Meningitis Outbreak

More federal oversight needed to prevent repeat occurrences, expert says

11/6/2012
Health Tip: Protect Your Child From Abduction

Keep close eye on the child while you're out

11/2/2012
Power Slowly Returns to Much of Northeast After Sandy

But almost 4 million remain without electricity as death toll rises to 92

11/1/2012
Sandy's Death Toll Rises, Even as East Coast Struggles Back to Life

At least 75 are dead and millions remain without power

10/31/2012
Sandy Leaves Massive Blackouts, Flood Damage in Her Wake

At least 51 are dead and millions are left without power

10/30/2012
Sandy's Wrath Brings Massive Blackouts, Flooding Across Northeast

At least 39 are dead and millions are left without power

10/30/2012
Tips on Keeping Food Safe When the Power Goes Out

But when it doubt, throw it out, food safety experts warn

10/29/2012
Keep Pets Safe During Hurricane Sandy

Experts remind people to take special care of their animals in emergency situations

10/29/2012
Millions Brace as Hurricane Sandy Slams the East Coast

Residents stock up on emergency supplies, while evacuations ordered, public transit shut down

10/29/2012
Health Tip: Help Prevent a Concussion

Abide by the rules of your sport

10/28/2012
Millions Prepare as Hurricane Sandy Starts Assault on East Coast

Residents stock up on emergency supplies, while evacuations ordered, public transit shut down

10/28/2012
Harvest Season Can Be Hazardous for Farmers

ER doctor offers safety advice to avoid traumatic injuries, other health problems

10/27/2012
Halloween Warning: Decorative Contact Lenses May Damage Your Eyes

Using nonprescription lenses can lead to infection, vision loss, eye doctor says

10/26/2012
Hurricane Sandy Has East Coast in Its Crosshairs

Start making emergency preparations now, experts say, because it could rival 1991's 'perfect storm'

10/25/2012
West Nile Cases Pass 4,700 Mark Nationwide: CDC

Number of deaths now stands at 219, up from 183 last week

10/25/2012
Get Ready for Hurricane Sandy, Experts Warn

Its severity could rival 1991's 'perfect storm,' forecasters predict

10/24/2012
CDC Panel: All Pregnant Women Should Get Whooping Cough Shot

Mother's immunity can be passed on to her child, experts say

10/24/2012
Health Tip: Stay Safe This Halloween

Avoid trick-or-treating hazards

10/23/2012
Doctors Warn About High Levels of Caffeine in Some Energy Drinks

Concerns follow reports that Monster beverages may have been linked to five deaths in recent years

10/17/2012
West Nile Cases Pass 4,500 Mark Nationwide: CDC

Number of deaths now stands at 183, up from 168 last week

10/17/2012
Videos of Real-Life Stumbles May Help Fall-Prevention Efforts

Seniors most at risk when they shift their weight and lose their center of gravity, analysis shows

10/16/2012
Cholesterol Levels Dropping in U.S. Adults, Mostly From Statin Use

CDC study suggests fewer trans fats in diet may have also played a role

10/16/2012
Tainted Steroid Injections May Affect Those Treated for Joint Pain

Knees, shoulders and hips are common targets, and infections can be dangerous, doctors say

10/14/2012
Avoid Scary Calorie Counts This Halloween

Steer clear of sweet temptations or choose mini treats over fun-size, expert suggests

10/12/2012
Official: Pharmacy Tied to Meningitis Outbreak May Have Broken State Law

More calls for greater oversight of so-called compounding pharmacies

10/11/2012
Meningitis Outbreak Throws Spotlight on 'Compounding' Pharmacies

Raises questions about cost-cutting pressure in health care and lack of oversight, experts say

10/11/2012
Depression Stigma May Be Fading: Survey

In poll released to coincide with National Depression Screening Day, most said they would seek treatment if needed

10/10/2012
West Nile Cases Continue to Climb, CDC Says

Number of deaths now stands at 168, up from 163 last week

10/9/2012
State Regulations Tied to Drop in Common Heart Procedure

Critics worry that the push for good outcomes may reduce access to care for sickest patients

10/7/2012
Doctor Offers Hunting Safety Tips

Heart attacks, falls bring many hunters to the emergency room

10/4/2012
Little U.S. Flu Activity So Far, CDC Says

Most people 6 months of age and older are urged to get vaccinated

10/3/2012
West Nile Cases Continue to Climb, CDC Says

Number of deaths now stands at 163, up from 147 last week

10/2/2012
Impact Tests Show Bike Helmets Protect Kids in Crashes

Acceleration forces, effects of crush accidents were reduced

9/30/2012
Mailed Kits May Prompt Parents to Protect Kids From Sun

Low-cost mailers led to greater use of 'sun-protective' clothing, hats and shade, study finds

9/28/2012
Noisy Bars May Threaten Workers' Hearing

Club managers need to comply with regulations, researcher says

9/28/2012
FDA Campaign Aims to Make Online Drug Purchases Safer

Goal of BeSafeRx effort is to help consumers avoid fraudulent websites

9/26/2012
West Nile Cases Rise by 400 Since Last Week: CDC

Number of deaths now stands at 147, and Texas continues to be the hardest-hit state

9/21/2012
Survival After General Anesthesia Vastly Improved: Study

However, the trend is seen mostly in developed countries, researcher says

9/20/2012
NYC Effort Put Rats on the Run

Eradication program saw active rat signs drop from 9.75 percent to 4.5 percent, report says

9/19/2012
West Nile Cases Still Rising; Death Toll Now at 134, CDC Says

Texas continues to be epicenter of outbreak, with nearly 40 percent of all mosquito-borne infections

9/19/2012
FDA Warns Against Use of Diarrhea Drug From El Salvador

Ingredient in Intestinomicina linked to serious health problems, including bone marrow toxicity

9/18/2012
Heart Deaths Rise With Extreme Temperatures, Study Finds

Heat waves deadlier than cold snaps, researchers find

9/17/2012
Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe in a Stroller

Don't leave the child alone

9/12/2012
West Nile Cases Keep Climbing; 118 Deaths So Far, CDC Says

Texas remains the hardest hit state with 40 percent of mosquito-borne infections

9/12/2012
Docs' Sensitivity to Patients' Feelings Tied to Good Outcomes

Doctors with high empathy scores have patients with lower rates of serious complications, study shows