Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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7/26/2011
Afghan Medical Staff Face Ongoing Security Threats: Study

Despite improvements, future success of health services remain uncertain, researchers say

7/25/2011
CDC Issues Guidance for Coping With Lingering Heat

Hot weather poses heightened risk for very young, the elderly and those with chronic health problems

7/24/2011
Parents Must Be Vigilant About Pool Safety

Young children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water, experts warn

7/22/2011
Low 'Health Literacy' Hazardous to Your Health

Study found inability to interpret health information linked to poorer outcomes

7/21/2011
Many Don't Toss Perishables After Long Power Outage: Poll

Most Americans not prepared to keep their food safe during an emergency

7/21/2011
Blood Stored Too Long May Threaten Patient Safety

Better storage methods might prevent dangerous breakdown of red blood cells, researchers say

7/20/2011
Fewer Surgical Errors Reported at VA Medical Facilities

Over three years, rate of 'highest harm' events decreased by 14 percent annually, study shows

7/20/2011
'Heat Dome' Continues to Throttle U.S.

High temperatures and oppressive humidity pose health risks; doctor offers coping tips

7/17/2011
Barbeque May Contain Hidden Dangers

Simple safety measures are key to avoiding food poisoning, burns, expert says

7/16/2011
Tips for Weathering Summer Sun, Heat

Heat waves kill more people in U.S. than any other natural disaster, EPA warns

7/13/2011
Flip-Flops, Baseball Caps May Raise Risk of Skin Cancer

Changing styles leave ears, feet unprotected, dermatologist warns

7/13/2011
'Swine Flu' Shot May Be Cleared of Guillain-Barre Charges

Study finds little, if any, increased risk of the syndrome

7/12/2011
Soaring Temps Can Pose Serious Health Risks

Experts offer advice on coping with the heat wave gripping much of the U.S.

7/11/2011
Deaths Up, Care Levels Down at Teaching Hospitals in July

Problem linked to the annual mass exodus of experienced medical residents as newbies pour in, researchers say

7/10/2011
Risk of Lightning Strikes Rises in Summer

About 55 people in U.S. are struck and killed each year, but many deaths are avoidable, researchers say

7/9/2011
Parents Can Help Stop Spread of Water Park Illnesses

Having your child shower before entering pool is first big step, experts say

7/8/2011
Windows Pose Safety Risk for Young Children, Experts Warn

Simple tips can help parents, caregivers prevent potentially fatal falls

7/8/2011
Health Tip: Child Safety Seats

Basics for your toddler

7/7/2011
Giant Weed Can Cause Blisters, Even Blindness

Officials urge people to steer clear of the giant hogweed

7/6/2011
Long Commutes for Pilots May Hamper Flying Performance: Study

Fatigue may have played a role in some airline crashes, researchers warn

7/4/2011
Health Tip: Set Rules for Swimming

Protect kids in the water

7/4/2011
Safety Experts Warn of Fireworks Dangers

Injury tolls prompt plea to leave pyrotechnics to the professionals

7/4/2011
Woman Loses Eye in Bottle Rocket Attack

Unsupervised kids with dangerous fireworks, she says, changed her life forever

7/2/2011
Make Water Safety a Priority for Your Kids

Drowning is second-leading cause of death of U.S. children

6/30/2011
July 4 Weekend Dangerous for Underage Boys Who Drink: Report

ER visits double for young males when alcohol is involved, researchers say

6/30/2011
On-the-Job Lead Exposures Falling, But Still a Problem: CDC

Overall numbers have dropped, but rates still high in some industries, such as manufacturing

6/29/2011
U.S. Plague Fatality 'Isolated' Lab Incident, New Report Confirms

Research supports government report on lab worker's death in 2009

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