Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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1/31/2011
Hands-On Training May Save Workers in Hazardous Jobs

Lectures, brochures less likely to promote safety in the workplace, study finds

1/29/2011
Multiple Concussions Raise Teen Athletes' Health Risks

Two or more head injuries can lead to problems with memory, sleep and headaches, study finds

1/28/2011
Will Loss of Lethal Injection Drug Harm Surgical Patients?

Experts note Pentothal safer anesthesia than newer alternatives for some

1/26/2011
Widespread Use of Defibrillators in Public Places Saves Lives: Study

They're more effective than CPR for sudden cardiac arrest, one expert says

1/26/2011
FDA Panel Recommends Tougher Standards for External Defibrillators

Recalls, failure to fix problems spurred agency to ask for more oversight

1/21/2011
HEPA Filter May Improve Air Near Wood-Burning Stoves

Indoor pollution and cardiovascular health risks lower when filter was in use, study finds

1/20/2011
Emotions May Sidetrack Use of Safety Devices

Consumers often overreact when learning of a product's potential risks, researchers find

1/18/2011
1/13/2011
Falls as Serious for Elderly as Stroke, Heart Attack: Experts

New guidelines say exercise, intervention essential to help those at risk maintain balance, strength

1/13/2011
Pill-Splitting Potentially Perilous, Study Suggests

Even slight variations in weight can be dangerous with certain meds, researcher says

1/13/2011
Flu Season Looks Normal This Year, Experts Say

Getting a shot still worthwhile; seniors most vulnerable to prevalent strain

1/13/2011
Bottle Rockets Can Cause Serious Eye Injuries in Kids

Protective eyewear urged, even for bystanders, whenever these fireworks are used

1/12/2011
Consumer Genetic Testing May Not Boost Users' Anxiety

But experts note validity, usefulness of direct-to-consumer tests still in question

1/12/2011
U.S. Recession Didn't Raise Rates of Child Neglect: Study

Intervention programs may have helped prevent abuse during economic downturn, expert says

1/11/2011
Most Guidelines for Infectious Diseases Don't Come From Clinical Trial Findings

Majority grounded in expert opinion, case studies, research shows

1/7/2011
Rabid Stray Dog Spurs Shots for Shelter Workers: Report

Case in which 36 dogs were euthanized puts spotlight on need to vaccinate pets, CDC says

1/4/2011
Six Out of 7 Drivers Use Seat Belts: CDC

But stronger laws needed in some states to get scofflaws to buckle up, save lives, report suggests

1/4/2011
Obama to Sign Bill to Improve U.S. Food Safety

Measure gives FDA new powers to protect public

1/3/2011
Snowblowers Can Remove Fingers, Too

Experts urge extra caution when clearing the chute

1/2/2011
U.S. Health Care Reform Tops Health News for 2010

Food safety reform and the flu epidemic that fizzled also made headlines this year

12/31/2010
Beware the Exploding Champagne Cork

Expert gives safety tips; warns it can reach a speed of 50 mph and cause severe eye damage

12/30/2010
Hand-Washing May Have Kept Flu at Bay

Good hygiene is simply the best protection from infectious agents, experts say

12/30/2010
How One Company Fought the Flu

Posters, e-mails and plenty of hand-sanitizer can make a difference, executive says

12/29/2010
Doctors Urged to Admit Fatigue Before Performing Surgery

Proposed new rules suggest informing patients, requesting consent before procedure

12/28/2010
Hearing Loss Rising Among Teen Girls, Study Finds

Increasing, unprotected exposure to loud club and concert music may be to blame, researchers say

12/28/2010
Health Tip: Keep Emergency Phone Numbers on Hand

Especially when caring for young children

12/27/2010
Carbon Monoxide May Be Greater Threat in Winter

This odorless gas causes 4,000 hospitalizations in U.S. each year, doctors say

12/23/2010
Driving a Bad Idea for People Wearing a Cast, Brace: Experts

It takes longer to brake when driver's ankle is immobilized, study finds

12/22/2010
U.S. Food-Safety Laws Overhauled

Bill awaiting Obama's signature would give FDA new powers to protect public

12/17/2010
Not Just the Newest Toys Hold Risks for Kids

Danger lurks among tricycles as well as battery- and magnet-loaded gadgets, experts warn

12/16/2010
FDA Panel Calls for Safety Review of Mercury in Dental Fillings

Committee notes new research that might point to potential problems

12/15/2010
'Tainted' Supplement Makers May Face Prosecution: FDA

Move follows reports of injuries or death from synthetic steroids, other products

12/15/2010
U.S. Government Bans Drop-Side Cribs

Numerous deaths, product recalls led to decision by Consumer Product Safety Commission

12/13/2010
Taxing Sodas Won't Spur Much Weight Loss, Study Says

Ensuing declines would be minimal, researchers find

12/13/2010
Road Material in N. Dakota May Up Lung Cancer Risk: Study

300 miles of roads contain erionite, a volcanic mineral with asbestos-like properties

12/12/2010
'Tis the Season to Give Allergen-Free Gifts

Buying for people with asthma, allergies takes extra thought, experts say

12/11/2010
Accidental Falls a Leading Cause of Head Injury

Simple precautions can prevent a holiday visit to the emergency room, doctors say

12/10/2010
Children, Teens Account for Half of Exercise-Related Heat Injuries

Heat injuries requiring an ER visit also jumped 133 percent from 1997 to 2006, study finds

12/10/2010
FDA Weighs In as Sharing of Breast Milk Booms

Opinions vary on benefits and risks of milk banks and Web-based outlets

12/9/2010
No Scientific Proof Backing Stricter Tests of Ground Beef in School Lunches

Instead, federal council urges rules based on evidence-based standards

12/9/2010
40 Million in U.S. Driving Drunk or Drugged

Most are aged 16 to 25, a new federal study finds

12/7/2010
E-Cigarettes Should Be Banned Until Made Safe: Study

Researchers find the devices make false claims, leak nicotine

12/7/2010
Contaminated Butter Points to Need for Better Surveillance, Study Says

After finding flame retardants in samples and wrappers, researchers say U.S. government testing needed

12/6/2010
Teen Dating Violence is Common, Study Finds

It occurs in almost 1 in 5 couples, and perpetrators also often assault family, friends

12/6/2010
Like Congress, Americans Split Over Health-Care Reform

But even opponents back many provisions of the controversial law, Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds

12/3/2010
Outbreaks Signal Another Flu Season, CDC Says

Georgia now reporting spike in cases among kids, agency says, but vaccine seems to be good match

12/2/2010
U.S. Government Sets New Health Goals for 2020

These are more modest than previous ones, experts say

12/2/2010
Suicides in National Parks Preventable, CDC Says

Authorities should increase training and restrict access to certain sites, experts advise

11/30/2010
Kids Can't Accurately Judge Speed of Approaching Cars: Study

Young children can't tell the speed of a vehicle 5 seconds away and moving faster than 20 mph

11/30/2010
Toxins from Staph Bacteria Disrupt Immune System

'Superantigens' unleash a furious T-cell response, illness, say researchers