Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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3/9/2010
Kids Who Get Flu Shots Protect the Unvaccinated

Inoculating children can prevent influenza from spreading, experts say

3/9/2010
Health Tip: Don't Drive Distracted

Pay attention behind the wheel

3/5/2010
Identifying Older Drivers at Risk of Crashes

Occupational therapists may be of help, researchers say

3/3/2010
Food-borne Illnesses in U.S. Cost $152B Annually

Report urges Congress to pass vigorous food-safety legislation

3/2/2010
Asthma Rates Rising Across the U.S.

Prevalence varies significantly between states, CDC report shows

3/1/2010
Parents Still Worried About Vaccine Safety

Although most get their children inoculated, concerns persist, study found

2/26/2010
More Familiar Roads More Dangerous for Drivers

Study found they showed lower brain activity when on routes they knew well

2/25/2010
Virtually Everyone Should Get a Flu Shot: CDC

The recommendation will take effect for the next influenza season

2/23/2010
Doctors Working Less, Earning Less

Seven percent drop in hours may lead to physician shortages, researchers say

2/22/2010
Deadly Hybrid Flu Possible

Stronger strain could develop if avian, seasonal viruses combine, scientists warn

2/21/2010
Realistic Physical Goals Can Make You a Winner

Activity plan based on enjoyment and fitness level works best, expert says

2/20/2010
As Temperature Plummets, It's Still Safe to Exercise

Just dress appropriately and avoid extreme conditions, expert says

2/17/2010
More Young Women Driving Drunk

Some blame societal pressures for increase in fatal crashes found in U.S. study

2/17/2010
County-By-County Report Sizes Up Americans' Health

Rural areas tend to fare worse than urban locales, comprehensive survey finds

2/15/2010
Elevators Can Bring Injury to Seniors

Researcher urges installation of bigger buttons to stop closing doors

2/15/2010
TV Shows Often Botch Proper Seizure Responses

Medical dramas could educate public with better portrayals of correct first aid, study suggests

2/12/2010
Sweat Lodges, Steam Rooms Aren't for Detox

The concept that sweating can cleanse the body of impurities is a myth, expert says

2/11/2010
Fitness a Factor in Snow Shoveling Injuries

Some people just aren't in good enough shape to do it themselves, expert warns

2/4/2010
Campaign Calls for Limits on Doctors' Hours

Forty groups say typical 30-hour shifts need to be cut to 16 to avoid medical errors

2/1/2010
Herbal Remedies Can Cause Cardiac Problems

They interfere with effects of prescription drugs for heart troubles, researcher says

1/26/2010
U.S. Bans Texting by Truck and Bus Drivers

Violators using interstate roadways now subject to fines up to $2,750

1/22/2010
Discrimination May Lead to Smoking in Boys

Stress felt by minority teens can lead to unhealthy behaviors, researchers say

1/21/2010
Genetics Used to Track Transmission of MRSA Bacteria

Method could help fight this and other dangerous infections, scientists say

1/19/2010
Overdoses From Prescription Painkillers on the Rise

Use of opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone soaring, researchers say

1/15/2010
55 Million Americans Sickened by Swine Flu So Far

Although infections are declining, health officials still urge vaccinations

1/15/2010
Tylenol Recall Expands to Include Other OTC Meds

FDA criticizes manufacturer for slow reaction to consumer complaints

1/14/2010
Leading COPD Drug Won't Harm Heart: FDA

Initial concerns over Spiriva HandiHaler may be unfounded, agency says

1/14/2010
1 in 4 U.S. Teen Girls Involved in Violent Behavior

6 percent say they intended to cause harm, survey finds

1/13/2010
Chemical BPA Linked to Heart Disease Risk

But study doesn't establish cause-and-effect

1/12/2010
FocusDriven Seeks to Crack Down on Distracted Drivers

Federal government, safety group target use of cell phones and texting devices

1/9/2010
Younger Hunters Prey to Treestand Injuries

Safety campaigns could help prevent serious accidents, expert says

1/8/2010
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts

One type relies on radio waves, another uses low level X-rays

1/7/2010
As Swine Flu Wanes, Don't Be Fooled

Another outbreak is possible, and people need to be vaccinated: CDC

1/7/2010
Leading COPD Drug May Raise Chances of Heart Trouble

Study found Atrovent upped risk, while other research found Spiriva might do opposite

1/6/2010
Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers

CDC offers tips on protecting against frostbite, hypothermia

1/1/2010
Health Care Reform, Swine Flu Top Health News for 2009

Furor over cancer screening changes and lifting of embryonic stem cell ban also grabbed headlines

12/31/2009
Tarantula Owners, Mind Your Eyes

Spider's hairy defense mechanism led to corneal injury in man, report says

12/30/2009
Swine Flu Not As Infectious Among Young Adults As First Feared

But younger children were twice as likely to get sick, study of households shows

12/29/2009
Study Questions FDA Approvals of Cardiac Devices

Review suggests evaluations are not as stringent as with new medications

12/29/2009
Caution Can Help Keep Elderly Safe During Winter

Hazards exist both indoors and outdoors, experts say

12/25/2009
Keep Fire Safety in Mind as You Celebrate

Candles, Christmas trees and holiday distractions raise risk of a blaze

12/24/2009
Swine Flu May Be Rewriting the Flu-Season Script

H1N1 could be dominant strain this winter, 'crowding out' typical seasonal flu, experts say

12/23/2009
Swine Flu Hits Pregnant Women, Kids Hardest

Two studies confirm the increased risk of the H1N1 flu in these two groups

12/23/2009
Nearly 5 Million Doses of Nasal Swine Flu Vaccine Recalled

Tests reveal slight drop in potency, but not enough to require revaccination, FDA says

12/22/2009
As Swine Flu Wanes, So Does Public's Fear

About 60 million people have received H1N1 vaccine, CDC says

12/22/2009
Airbags Appear Safe for Pregnant Women

Risks without devices far outweigh possible complications, experts say

12/22/2009
Health Tip: Prevent Falls While Decking the Halls

Stay safe during holiday decorating

12/21/2009
Experts Say CPR by Untrained Bystander a Good Idea

Study found little harm done even when collapsed person didn't need it

12/21/2009
Texting While Driving Raises Crash Risk Sixfold

While drivers message, distance between cars shrinks and reaction times grow, study finds

12/21/2009
Single Shot of H1N1 Vaccine May Be Enough for Kids

But two doses still needed to ensure protection, experts say