Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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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

12/21/2009
Health Tip: Decorate for the Holidays Safely

Suggestions to help protect you and your loved ones

12/17/2009
Teens Think Smoking More Dangerous Than Drinking, Drugs

Survey results suggest they might be more likely to try alcohol, illegal drugs

12/17/2009
Swine Flu Wanes, But Future Uncertain

The lull in the outbreak is a good time to get vaccinated, federal officials urge

12/17/2009
'Sexting' by Kids Begets Fretting by Parents

More adults need to monitor cell phone use in era of sexually explicit messaging, experts say

12/15/2009
Serious Gaps Revealed in U.S. Response to Health Emergencies

If swine flu were worse, 'we would have really been in trouble,' expert says

12/15/2009
Playground Surface Plays a Role in Kids' Injuries

Landing on granite sand is deemed safer than wood fiber

12/14/2009
Studies Quantify Cancer Risks From CT Scans

An estimated 29,000 future cancers could be linked to scans performed in 2007

12/11/2009
Swine Flu Infection Rates Continue to Fall

Just 14 states reporting widespread H1N1 activity, down from 25 states last week, CDC says

12/10/2009
Swine Flu Has Infected 1 in 6 Americans: CDC

Children, young adults still bear the brunt of H1N1, with the most hospitalizations and deaths

12/10/2009
Most Hospital Patients Don't Know What Meds They're Taking

Knowledge of regimen may help avert drug errors, study authors suggest

12/10/2009
Bad Behavior as a Kid Linked to Early Death in Men

Troubled boys more likely to die or be disabled by midlife, study finds

12/10/2009
When It Comes to Toys, Shop Smart, Shop Safe

Common sense this holiday season can help you avoid gifts that might pose a risk to children

12/9/2009
States Slash Funding for Tobacco Prevention Programs

Report finds drop comes despite receiving record amounts of money for such efforts

12/9/2009
Seasonal Flu Vaccination Rates Still Too Low

More got their shot early, but numbers now same as last year, survey shows