Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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Report: Hospital Errors May Be Far More Common Than Suspected

New tracking system uncovers 10 times as many medical mistakes

Toll of Deepwater Oil Spill on Human Health Still Unknown

Review notes late start on national study means data on initial exposure missing

Sports Gear Should Also Protect Eyes, Experts Say

Athletes can avoid devastating injuries by wearing activity-specific protective eyewear

Do At-Home Genetic Tests Tell Too Much and Explain Too Little?

Experts say field is in its infancy and consumers should seek professional opinions on results

Antibacterial Soap Additive Accumulates in Fish: Study

The chemical is found in small amounts in 60% of U.S. rivers and streams, researchers say

Despite Radiation in Japan, Little Shift in Americans' Views on Nuke Power: Poll

Many respondents acknowledge health concerns, but believe plants can be made safer

Health Tip: Help Prevent Toddler Falls

Suggestions to help keep them safe

Death Rates of Children, Young Adults Show Reversal

Global improvements among kids 4 and under not matched among those 15 to 24, study finds

Airport Scanners Appear Safe, Study Finds

But cancer risk may be higher than risk of terrorism, one expert says

Keep Safety in Mind When Cleaning House, Experts Advise

Poison prevention starts with heeding basic safety tips for storing, using common household items

Alcohol May Play Dual Role in Some Cases of Elder Abuse

Small study suggests victims may have problems with substance abuse, mental illness, other conditions

U.S. Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low, CDC Says

But minorities, those not born in the U.S. and HIV-positive patients still most likely to be affected

Review Finds No Harm From Cutback in Residents Docs' Hours

Patient safety not affected, researchers say, but more study still needed

Study: Reluctance to Speak Up Encourages Medical Errors

Silence among health-care workers regarding shortcuts, incompetence can put patients at risk

NFL Upsets Could Trigger Domestic Violence

Reports spike in areas where favored team loses, study finds

Richer White Women More Prone to Melanoma, Study Finds

Greater access to tanning salons, sunny vacations appears to yield more skin cancer, researcher says

Keep Kids in Rear-Facing Car Seats Until 2, Experts Say

Pediatricians' group says positioning kids longer in this way is safer

Reported Pollen Counts May Be Inaccurate, Study Finds

Forecasts sometimes rely on data from previous years, not day-to-day weather, researchers say

Trace Amounts of Radiation Reach California; No Health Risk, Experts Say

The reason: the radiation dissipates as it travels 5,000 miles from Japan across the Pacific

Rush to Buy Iodide Pills Unnecessary in U.S., Experts Say

Little, if any, radioactive iodine will reach American shores from Japan, they insist

HIV Infection Passed Via Donated Kidney: U.S. Report

Donor screening didn't use most sensitive test, leading to infection of recipient, researchers say

Not Even Experts Agree on Safety of Airport Scanners

Whether benefit exceeds risk for those that emit radiation sparks debate

When Nurse Staffing Drops, Mortality Rates Rise: Study

Experts say finding shows clear link to patient safety

Herbal Derivative Wins Praise as Malaria Treatment

Experts in tropical medicine say artesunate can save more lives than quinine

Crossing Street While on Cell Phone Risky for Seniors

Study found this kind of multitasking more dangerous for older adults

Radiation From Japan's Nuke Disaster Unlikely to Threaten U.S., Experts Say

The reason: the radiation would dissipate as it travels 5,000 miles across the Pacific

Heavy Smoking Declines in U.S.

Biggest drops in California because of tobacco control programs, researchers say

Japan's Nuke Disaster Unlikely to Threaten U.S., Experts Say

The reason: radiation would dissipate as it travels 5,000 miles across the Pacific

U.S. Unprepared for Major Radiation Emergency: Survey

Lack of comprehensive response plans puts public health at risk in many states, experts say

Explosions Continue to Rock Japanese Nuclear Complex

More radiation released into atmosphere, government officials report

Explosion Rocks 2nd Nuclear Reactor in Japan

U.S. radiation expert cites potential health risks to those at the site and beyond

Crisis Worsens at Crippled Nuke Plant in Japan: Reports

U.S. radiation expert cites potential health risks to those at the reactors and beyond

Radiation Declining at Crippled Nuke Plant in Japan: Official

U.S. radiation expert cites potential health risks to those at the reactor and beyond

Invisible and Odorless, Radon Poses Risks to Lungs

Houses in Midwest and Northeast are especially vulnerable, experts say

Inspection Can Reveal Whether Radon Problem Exists

If a house touches the ground, it's susceptible, inspector says

Almost 12 Million Cancer Survivors Living in U.S., Report Shows

Trend largely driven by an aging population, CDC researchers say

Hospital Safety Varies Widely Nationwide: Report

Where patients go for treatment can mean the difference between life and death, researchers say

Americans Have Worse Health Than English Peers, Study Finds

This held true from birth to old age, researchers report

Health Tip: Check Baby's Toys for Safety Issues

Take steps to help prevent injury

Simply Watching a CPR Video Might Save Lives

Short message gives people confidence to help when someone has heart attack, experts say

Report Spells Out Harms of Coal Power Plants

American Lung Association sounds call for cleanup in advance of EPA deadline

More Young People Delay Sex, Try Oral Sex First, CDC Says

U.S. report also finds same-sex encounters more common for women than men

FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds

Some 500 untested drugs will be removed from the market, agency said

Seniors Concerned About Side Effects of Heart Drugs

Medications need to offer considerably more benefit than risk to interest them, study says

Confusion Over Drug Dosing Common for Seniors

Standardized language on labels could simplify things, researchers say

Plague Kills U.S. Lab Worker

First case in lab work in 50 years reported by government

Fast Response Crucial in Outbreaks of Food-Borne Illness: Study

Scientists say swift action can contain the problem, limit number of infections

Cell Phones Affect Areas of the Brain, Study Shows

But experts don't yet know if effect is harmful