Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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5/23/2011
Researchers Find Cousin of Hepatitis C Virus in Dogs

Might lead to better understanding and treatment of human version of the disease

5/23/2011
Health Tip: Keep a Kid-Friendly Kitchen

For starters, store cleaning products out of reach

5/20/2011
Driving Skills Do Ebb With Age: Study

Waning mental functions linked to errors, but some older drivers do just fine, experts say

5/20/2011
Are All Those Handshakes at Graduation Hazardous to Your Health?

No, say researchers who found only harmless bacteria on students' hands in 93% of cases

5/19/2011
Health Tip: Remind Children and Teens of Pedestrian Safety

Suggestions to help prevent an accident

5/18/2011
Potentially Toxic Flame Retardants Found in Baby Products

Foam used in common items like strollers, high chairs needs more study, researchers say

5/15/2011
Spring Cleaning Lands Many Americans in Hot Water

Doctor provides tips on how to avoid some pitfalls associated with the season

5/13/2011
Musical Instruments a Breeding Ground for Germs: Study

Bacteria survive on shared wind instruments for several days, researchers find

5/12/2011
Early HIV Drug Therapy Protects Sex Partners From Virus

Infection rate fell by 96% if infected individual took antiretroviral meds sooner rather than later, study found

5/12/2011
Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Reported in San Diego: CDC

5 cases among gay or bisexual men highlight need for surveillance, experts say

5/12/2011
Health Tip: Take Care to Avoid Burns

Practice kitchen safety

5/11/2011
Scientists Find MRSA Germ in Supermarket Meats

Contamination with antibiotic-resistant bacteria probably from humans handling meat

5/11/2011
Health Tip: Get a Natural Gas Detector

Obtain one with these features

5/4/2011
Health Tip: Use a Lawnmower Safely

Thousands injured by mowers every year

4/29/2011
Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs on Saturday

DEA is encouraging Americans to safely get rid of meds that might otherwise be misused

4/28/2011
Injuries Among Older Workers on the Rise: CDC

Falls are the most common causes of mishaps

4/28/2011
Report Ranks Top Sources of Illness Related to Foods

Salmonella is leading contaminant, researchers say

4/25/2011
Pediatricians Urge Better Protection From Chemicals

Children, pregnant women inadequately safeguarded from hazardous compounds, experts say

4/24/2011
Nail Guns Often Sold Without Safety Advice: Study

Most staff offer buyers little guidance about using these hazardous tools

4/21/2011
Student Bullying Linked to Family Violence: CDC

Report finds bullies, victims and bully-victims face dangers outside of school

4/19/2011
Most Parents Vaccinate Kids, Trust Docs' Advice on Shots

Yet too many still rely on misinformation from celebrities, survey says

4/18/2011
Hungover Surgeons Make More Mistakes: Study

In simulated surgeries, students and experts who drank excessively the night before performed more poorly

4/15/2011
Drug-Resistant Staph Bacteria Found in Meat, Poultry Nationwide

Exactly what this means in terms of consumer risk still unclear

4/14/2011
With Safety Devices in Place, Kids' Injuries Decline: Study

Researchers urge broader use in the home of outlet covers, cabinet locks and more

4/13/2011
Experts Call for Twist on Football Helmet Design

Aim would be for a redesign to better prevent brain bleeding

4/12/2011
Japanese Radiation Called No Threat to North American Fish Fans

Radioisotopes diluted by vast Pacific, and U.S. imports 1% of its fish from Japan, scientists say

4/11/2011
Emissions Trap Cuts Harmful Diesel Pollution

Filters could help prevent heart attacks and strokes, researchers say

4/11/2011
Health Tip: Stay Safe on a Boat

Suggestions from the U.S. Coast Guard

4/8/2011
Hookah Use Common Among College Students, Survey Finds

Many wrongly think water pipe use is safer than cigarettes, results from North Carolina show

4/7/2011
Report: Hospital Errors May Be Far More Common Than Suspected

New tracking system uncovers 10 times as many medical mistakes

4/6/2011
Toll of Deepwater Oil Spill on Human Health Still Unknown

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

4/1/2011
Sports Gear Should Also Protect Eyes, Experts Say

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

4/1/2011
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

3/31/2011
Antibacterial Soap Additive Accumulates in Fish: Study

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

3/31/2011
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

3/31/2011
Health Tip: Help Prevent Toddler Falls

Suggestions to help keep them safe

3/29/2011
Death Rates of Children, Young Adults Show Reversal

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

3/28/2011
Airport Scanners Appear Safe, Study Finds

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

3/26/2011
Keep Safety in Mind When Cleaning House, Experts Advise

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

3/25/2011
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

3/24/2011
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

3/23/2011
Review Finds No Harm From Cutback in Residents Docs' Hours

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

3/22/2011
Study: Reluctance to Speak Up Encourages Medical Errors

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

3/22/2011
NFL Upsets Could Trigger Domestic Violence

Reports spike in areas where favored team loses, study finds

3/22/2011
3/21/2011
Richer White Women More Prone to Melanoma, Study Finds

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

3/21/2011
Keep Kids in Rear-Facing Car Seats Until 2, Experts Say

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

3/21/2011
Reported Pollen Counts May Be Inaccurate, Study Finds

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

3/18/2011
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

3/18/2011
Rush to Buy Iodide Pills Unnecessary in U.S., Experts Say

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