Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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10/28/2010
Scientists Raise Concerns About Flame Retardants

Chemicals used in wide range of consumer products may be harmful to health, need more study, they warn

10/24/2010
MRSA Strain With Outbreak Potential Among Reports at Disease Conference

Presentations also track antibiotic prescriptions, new drugs

10/23/2010
Airbags Protect Kidneys in Car Crashes, Study Finds

Findings are surprising and suggest additional research could reveal more benefits, researcher says

10/22/2010
Disaster Planners Should Give Higher Priority to Kids: Survey

Most Americans believe children deserve life-saving treatments before adults with same condition

10/22/2010
Health Tip: Have a Spooky, Yet Safe Halloween

Suggestions for safe trick-or-treating

10/18/2010
Surgery on Wrong Patients, Surgical Sites Persists, Study Finds

Not following protocol, 'culture' in the operating room contributes to the problem, experts say

10/18/2010
Hurricanes Linked to Raised 'Fetal Distress' Risk

Rates spiked after Andrew battered South Florida, researchers say

10/15/2010
More U.S. Kids Getting Hurt Using All-Terrain Vehicles

30% of those hospitalized suffered traumatic brain injury, researchers found

10/12/2010
Health Tip: Teach Kids Playground Safety

Suggestions to prevent accidents

10/11/2010
10/8/2010
Women Sweat Less Readily Than Men

Finding may explain why heat waves hit females harder, researchers say

10/6/2010
Motorcycles Safer Than All-Terrain Vehicles in Off-Road Crashes

Victims in ATVs more likely to die of their injuries, study finds

10/4/2010
Companies Can Motivate Families to Live Healthier

Study found cash incentive drove lifestyle changes for IBM employees

9/30/2010
Blacks More Likely to Die in Motorcycle Crash Than Whites

Despite better helmet-wearing behavior, black riders at greater risk, data shows

9/30/2010
Scientists Sequence Genome of 'West Nile' Mosquito

Ultimate goal is to disable specific disease-causing genes

9/28/2010
Could a Touch-Based Navigation System Make Driving Safer?

Devices that push fingertips left and right more effective than GPS for distracted drivers, researchers find

9/23/2010
Booze Tax Hikes May Reduce Alcohol-Related Problems

Higher costs have even greater impact than drinking prevention programs, analysis finds

9/22/2010
Timely News Reports Can Help Slow Pandemics: Analysis

Media coverage of advice from public health officials seems to reduce severity of outbreaks

9/17/2010
Medicines Pose Greater Threat to Kids Than Chemicals

Poisonings often stem from pills left out or in a medicine cabinet, experts say

9/17/2010
Poison Experts Turn Phone Line Into a Lifeline

Medical training guides response when panicked parents seeks help, specialist says

9/17/2010
Pregnant Women Urged to Get Flu Shot

Public health organizations ask care providers to recommend vaccination for moms-to-be

9/16/2010
Childhood Vaccination Rates Remain High in U.S.

Coverage for most routine shots at or over 90%, CDC report shows

9/16/2010
Tracking Groups of Friends May Aid Flu Surveillance

By monitoring social networks, researchers say they can spot outbreaks earlier

9/15/2010
Mental Illness Stigma Hard to Shake, Survey Finds

Awareness campaigns have helped educate public, but discrimination continues, experts say

9/15/2010
New Drug-Resistant 'Superbug' Reaches U.S. Shores

But the nation already has its own version of this antibiotic-resistant bacteria, CDC says

9/14/2010
Health Tip: Teach Kids Internet Safety

Suggestions for safe chatting and instant messaging

9/13/2010
Hand Washing Habit Finally Catching On: U.S. Study

Hygiene has improved since 2007, but most still don't wash after coughing, sneezing

9/13/2010
Doctor 'Report Cards' Not Last Word on Physician Performance

Study found data on qualifications, credentials gave better sense of caliber of care

9/10/2010
In Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Chest Compressions Matter

Outside hospital setting, using it before defibrillation may save lives, study found

9/9/2010
FDA Sends Warning to E-Cigarette Distributors

Agency cites false claims, poor manufacturing processes

9/8/2010
Kids Playing With Laser Pointers May Be Aiming for Eye Trouble

Teen boy damages retina with Internet-purchased 'toy,' doctors say

9/8/2010
9/7/2010
Many HIV-Infected Kids Could Use Cheaper Treatment Safely

Study found that returning to nevirapine still kept viral load down for most

9/7/2010
H1N1 Pandemic Flu Even Milder Than Seasonal Strains

Though youngest were most vulnerable, fewer serious complications seen, study finds

9/7/2010
Fillings, Sealants May Leach BPA Into Kids' Mouths

But analysis finds exposure to the controversial chemical is short-lived, with health effects unclear

9/3/2010
Lead Exposure May Delay Puberty in Girls

Occurred even at blood levels below those recommended for treatment, NIH found

9/3/2010
Exposure to Violence May Aggravate Asthma, Study Finds

Researchers link stress of inner-city life to increased hospitalizations

9/3/2010
Disease May Be Only a Plane Ride Away

Without vigilant adherence to childhood immunizations, outbreaks could return, experts say

9/3/2010
Safety Top Concern of U.S. Workers, Surveys Show

Issue gets too little media attention, spokesmen say

9/3/2010
Former Egg Farm Employees Say Their Complaints Were Ignored: Report

U.S. Agriculture Department spokesman said inspectors don't recall anyone raising concerns

9/3/2010
As Hurricane Earl Hits East Coast, Residents Urged to Brace Themselves

Feds advise shoring up homes, storing water and food, and monitoring radio, TV

9/2/2010
Experimental TB Test Called Fast and Accurate

Health experts say it has potential to greatly improve treatment of the respiratory disease

9/2/2010
East Coast Residents Should Prepare for Hurricane Earl: FEMA

Feds advise shoring up homes, storing water and food, and monitoring radio, TV

8/31/2010
East Coast Should Prepare for Hurricane Earl: FEMA

Feds advise residents to shore up homes, store water and food, and monitor radio, TV for info on risks and evacuation

8/31/2010
8/30/2010
FDA Finds Rodents, Manure Piles at Farms in Egg Recall

Agency official cites 'failure to manage waste' at sources of salmonella outbreak

8/30/2010
Friends Don't Let Friends Have Risky Sex After Drinking

College students say they use communication strategies to ensure safety of female friends

8/30/2010
8/27/2010
Youth Smoking Rates Now Stalled

After decade of big decreases, number of teens lighting up stays steady

8/26/2010
CDC Revises Death Estimates From Flu

Mortality ranged from an annual low of 3,300 to a high of 49,000 during last 30 years