Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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9/9/2011
A Little Dirt May Be a Good Thing

Some experts say the body must learn to tolerate germs to protect itself from health problems

9/6/2011
Tick-borne Illness May Lurk in Blood Supply

Researchers say screening test for babesiosis in donated blood needed

9/2/2011
Traffic Safety Should Be Among First Lessons in New School Year

Experts give tips for avoiding car accidents while walking to school

9/1/2011
FDA: Silicone Breast Implants to Remain on Market

Agency says it will work with manufacturers to improve monitoring of women who get the devices

8/30/2011
FDA Focuses on Silicone Breast Implant Safety Studies

Agency asking advisers to devise ways to gather better data on 'real-world' safety and performance

8/30/2011
Bacterial Strain Behind 'Black Death' Plague Is Likely Extinct: Study

Analysis of medieval bones finds Y. pestis has changed over the centuries

8/29/2011
Simple Safety Steps Can Make Back to School a Breeze

Parents need to take care of health, safety concerns of kids, experts say

8/28/2011
Irene Downgraded to Tropical Storm But Still a Threat

Feds say residents should shore up homes, store supplies, and monitor radio, TV for info

8/27/2011
Hurricane Irene Makes Landfall Over North Carolina

Feds say East Coast residents should shore up homes, store supplies, and monitor radio, TV for info

8/26/2011
Hurricane Irene Starts Assault on East Coast

Feds say residents should shore up homes, store water and food, and monitor radio, TV for info

8/25/2011
East Coast Urged to Prepare as Hurricane Irene Approaches

Feds say residents should shore up homes, store water and food, and monitor radio, TV for info

8/24/2011
2 Salmonella Outbreaks Traced to Baby Chicks, Ducklings

CDC says they came from the same mail-order hatchery in Ohio

8/24/2011
East Coast Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Irene

Feds say residents should shore up homes, store water and food, and monitor radio, TV for info

8/23/2011
5.8-Magnitude Quake Unnerves East Coast

No reports of serious injuries

8/19/2011
Paper Money Worldwide Tainted With BPA: Study

Probable source of the illness-linked chemical is nearby cash-register receipts, researchers say

8/19/2011
Celiac Disease on the Rise in U.S.

Speculation on increase in digestive disorder centers on improvements in sanitation and hygiene

8/19/2011
Adult Vaccinations Protect Children: Report

But few get the recommended immunizations, experts say

8/19/2011
Children With Food Allergies Often Face Skepticism

Study found that even family and friends can be less than supportive

8/18/2011
Cases of Legionnaire's Disease Tripled in 10 Years

Most people recover with antibiotic treatment, CDC says

8/16/2011
U.S. Women Using Dangerous Weight-Loss Pill 2 Years After Recall

Pai You Guo supplement contains drugs banned in U.S. for increasing stroke, cancer, heart attack risk

8/15/2011
Radiation From Japan Reached California Coast in Just Days

Level apparently harmless, but study provides insight into pollution's travel

8/12/2011
Get Rid of Standing Water to Protect From Mosquitoes

Many urban dwellers don't bother to take steps to discourage mosquito breeding, study finds

8/11/2011
Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Turkey Sickens More People

Number of infected people is probably much higher than reported, expert says

8/8/2011
Kids Can Safely Play Sports in Hot Weather: Experts

Updated American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement stresses risk reduction

8/7/2011
Treat Gasoline With Respect

Gas fires cause 500 deaths, 10,000 emergency room visits each year

8/5/2011
Household Mold During Infancy May Trigger Asthma

Kids exposed to mold as babies were three times more likely to develop the lung condition

8/4/2011
Many Military Vets in College Plagued By Thoughts of Suicide

They're six times more likely than other students to attempt it, study shows

8/3/2011
Scientists Warn of New Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella

Poultry from Africa carrying S. Kentucky strain may have been a source of infection in Europeans

8/2/2011
Antipsychotic Doesn't Ease PTSD in Vets, Study Finds

Despite widespread use, risperidone did not reduce symptoms, improve quality of life

8/1/2011
Fetal Exposure to Magnetic Fields From Appliances, Power Lines May Up Kids' Asthma Risk

Experts call for further research into possible effect of high levels of exposure

7/30/2011
Smartphones Really Are Habit-Forming: Study

You may be 'systematically distracted' from more important things, researcher says

7/29/2011
Report Urges New Review System for Medical Devices

Current program doesn't guarantee safety of products such as hip implants and pacemakers, Institute of Medicine says

7/28/2011
Report Could Tighten FDA's Oversight of Medical Devices

Manufacturers already taking issue with findings, to be released Friday by Institute of Medicine

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