Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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6/29/2011
Pollution Took Heavy Toll at U.S. Beaches in 2010

Closures, warnings at second-highest level in 21 years, environmental group says

6/25/2011
Exhausting Surf Rescues Don't Affect Lifeguards' CPR Skills

Small Swedish study found that extreme exertion had no impact on lifesaving capability

6/23/2011
Tainted Cocaine Tied to Severe Skin Reactions

Up to 70% of cocaine in U.S. may be contaminated with drug meant for livestock, experts warn

6/22/2011
Early Chemical Exposures May Affect Breast Health: Report

Scientists say common chemicals should be tested for their possible harm to milk gland development

6/21/2011
Lawmakers Urged to Consider Health Effects of Major Legislation

Decades-old policies also need revision, Institute of Medicine says

6/20/2011
Portable Pools Pose Drowning Risk for Young Kids

Not even shallow wading pools are safe, experts say

6/18/2011
Adults Reminded to Keep Kids Away From Lawn Mowers

Accidents can be devastating for children, but they are also preventable, expert says

6/16/2011
Lung Health of Police Responders From 9/11 Called 'Encouraging'

10 years later, 95% of officers show no extra decline in pulmonary function, study finds

6/9/2011
Bathroom Injuries a Little-Known Problem

Making bathrooms safer could prevent many slips and falls, CDC says

6/9/2011
Record Temperatures Posing Health Risks in U.S.

Experts offer some tips on how to protect yourself from the heat and humidity

6/8/2011
FDA Places New Warning Label on Zocor

High doses of cholesterol-lowering statin may raise risk of muscle damage, should not be given to new patients, agency says

6/8/2011
Arsenic-Containing Poultry Drug Suspended From Market

3-Nitro fed to chickens contains arsenic that can be transformed into a carcinogen: FDA

6/4/2011
Officials: U.S. Not Affected by European E. Coli Outbreak

All tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce imported from Germany and Spain being tested

6/3/2011
Drifting Pesticides May Endanger People in Nearby Workplaces

California study finds higher Parkinson's risk among non-agricultural workers

6/2/2011
Deadly E. Coli Strain in Europe Should Serve as Warning, Experts Say

Though unlikely to spread to U.S. shores, dangerous strains of bacteria becoming more common

6/1/2011
Hospital Visitors' Cellphones May Carry 'Worrisome' Germs

Dangerous bacteria twice as likely to enter facility via patients' phones than staff's, study finds

6/1/2011
Earpieces Can Minimize Possible Risks From Cellphones, Experts Say

Advice follows warning that microwave radiation from the devices a possible carcinogen

5/31/2011
Cell Phones May Cause Brain Cancer, WHO Experts Say

World Health Organization now classifies the devices as 'possibly carcinogenic to humans'

5/29/2011
Fatal Black Bear Attacks Rare But Rising

Data reveals human population growth is accompanied by an increase in deadly bear attacks

5/26/2011
Lists of Prescription Meds' Side Effects Keep Growing: Study

Much of this information has more to do with avoiding lawsuits than toxicity, researcher says

5/25/2011
Skin Cancer Foes Declare May 27 'Don't Fry Day'

One American dies from the disease every hour, experts warn

5/24/2011
Closing Schools Seems to Prevent Flu's Spread

Social distancing reduced transmission in Mexico in 2009 by more than one-third, experts say

5/24/2011
How to Guard Against Dog Bites

Many of the nearly 5 million bites a year in U.S. are preventable, experts say

5/24/2011
Twin Cities Take Top Ranking for Healthy Living

Fitness index finds residents are exercising more, smoking less than those in other U.S. cities

5/23/2011
Researchers Find Cousin of Hepatitis C Virus in Dogs

Might lead to better understanding and treatment of human version of the disease

5/23/2011
Health Tip: Keep a Kid-Friendly Kitchen

For starters, store cleaning products out of reach

5/20/2011
Driving Skills Do Ebb With Age: Study

Waning mental functions linked to errors, but some older drivers do just fine, experts say

5/20/2011
Are All Those Handshakes at Graduation Hazardous to Your Health?

No, say researchers who found only harmless bacteria on students' hands in 93% of cases

5/19/2011
Health Tip: Remind Children and Teens of Pedestrian Safety

Suggestions to help prevent an accident

5/18/2011
Potentially Toxic Flame Retardants Found in Baby Products

Foam used in common items like strollers, high chairs needs more study, researchers say

5/15/2011
Spring Cleaning Lands Many Americans in Hot Water

Doctor provides tips on how to avoid some pitfalls associated with the season

5/13/2011
Musical Instruments a Breeding Ground for Germs: Study

Bacteria survive on shared wind instruments for several days, researchers find

5/12/2011
Early HIV Drug Therapy Protects Sex Partners From Virus

Infection rate fell by 96% if infected individual took antiretroviral meds sooner rather than later, study found

5/12/2011
Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Reported in San Diego: CDC

5 cases among gay or bisexual men highlight need for surveillance, experts say

5/12/2011
Health Tip: Take Care to Avoid Burns

Practice kitchen safety

5/11/2011
Scientists Find MRSA Germ in Supermarket Meats

Contamination with antibiotic-resistant bacteria probably from humans handling meat

5/11/2011
Health Tip: Get a Natural Gas Detector

Obtain one with these features

5/4/2011
Health Tip: Use a Lawnmower Safely

Thousands injured by mowers every year

4/29/2011
Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs on Saturday

DEA is encouraging Americans to safely get rid of meds that might otherwise be misused

4/28/2011
Injuries Among Older Workers on the Rise: CDC

Falls are the most common causes of mishaps

4/28/2011
Report Ranks Top Sources of Illness Related to Foods

Salmonella is leading contaminant, researchers say

4/25/2011
Pediatricians Urge Better Protection From Chemicals

Children, pregnant women inadequately safeguarded from hazardous compounds, experts say

4/24/2011
Nail Guns Often Sold Without Safety Advice: Study

Most staff offer buyers little guidance about using these hazardous tools

4/21/2011
Student Bullying Linked to Family Violence: CDC

Report finds bullies, victims and bully-victims face dangers outside of school

4/19/2011
Most Parents Vaccinate Kids, Trust Docs' Advice on Shots

Yet too many still rely on misinformation from celebrities, survey says

4/18/2011
Hungover Surgeons Make More Mistakes: Study

In simulated surgeries, students and experts who drank excessively the night before performed more poorly

4/15/2011
Drug-Resistant Staph Bacteria Found in Meat, Poultry Nationwide

Exactly what this means in terms of consumer risk still unclear

4/14/2011
With Safety Devices in Place, Kids' Injuries Decline: Study

Researchers urge broader use in the home of outlet covers, cabinet locks and more

4/13/2011
Experts Call for Twist on Football Helmet Design

Aim would be for a redesign to better prevent brain bleeding

4/12/2011
Japanese Radiation Called No Threat to North American Fish Fans

Radioisotopes diluted by vast Pacific, and U.S. imports 1% of its fish from Japan, scientists say