Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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Zika's Set to Return to Mainland U.S., But Budget Cuts Threaten Response

Health experts warn that less federal funding will make it hard to battle the birth defect-causing virus

Health Tip: Stay Safe During Summer

Five ways to protect your family

Can People 'Sniff' Out Illness in Others?

Study suggests humans use vision and smell to detect infection more than thought

Brush Up on Swim Safety for Summer

Pediatricians' group offers tips on how to protect kids by the pool, lake or ocean

Fire Up the Grill Safely This Holiday Weekend

Some expert tips on avoiding trouble with gas and charcoal barbecues

Health Tip: Is Your Backyard Safe?

Here's how you can improve safety

Can Tracking Germs in One Hospital Make All Hospitals Safer?

Study mapped history of bacteria, viruses and fungi to understand how diseases spread among patients

Health Tip: Keep Newborns Safer

Suggestions to protect your baby

How Not to Nod Off Behind the Wheel

Recognizing signs of sleepiness key to prevention, researcher says

Check-Up for the Kitchen

Would your kitchen pass an inspection test? New research says most likely not!

The Water's Not Fine: U.S. Pool-Linked Infection Doubles in 2 Years

Cryptosporidiosis can cause weeks of watery diarrhea, CDC warns

Charlie Sheen's 2015 HIV Disclosure Spiked Use of Home Test Kits

New study finds a near doubling of sales of OraQuick test, showing power of celebrity announcements

Is Your Child's Day Care Center Ready for Pandemic Flu?

Most are not, a U.S. survey finds, despite the lessons of the 2009 'swine flu' outbreak

Don't Let Your Garden Get You Down

Yard work relieves stress but can wreak havoc on muscles and joints unless you protect yourself

New Hepatitis C Infections Hit 15-Year High: CDC

Many stemmed from rising use of injected drugs linked to the current opioid epidemic, officials say

Ransom-Seeking Hackers Targeting Hospital Data

Medical information a vulnerable target for those planning 'ransomware' attacks, doctor warns

Nearly a Third of Drugs Hit by Safety Issues After FDA Approval

Study found serious side effects often arose after medications OK'd for sale

Climate Change Could Be Catastrophic for Mobile Homes: Study

It suggests that as tornadoes become more prevalent, so will life-threatening dangers

Health Tip: Driving an Unfamiliar Route

Prepare before you start out

Most Seniors Use Cellphones While Behind the Wheel

Some even do it with kids in the car, survey finds

April 29 Is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Safe disposal helps prevent unwanted meds from being abused, U.S. officials say

Some Surprising Sources of Germs

You probably use these items every day

Cleaning, Greening Vacant Lots May Help Fight Crime

Fighting urban blight sends message that residents are paying close attention to the neighborhood

At What Age Can Kids Safely Cross the Street?

In simulated experiments, the task was too tough for children younger than 14

When Is It Safe to Drive With Type 1 Diabetes?

Researchers say new checklist can help determine when low blood sugar should keep you off the road

U.S. Health Officials Make Headway Against Salmonella

Tougher poultry regulations may explain 18 percent decline in food poisonings from this common bacteria

Money Spent on Teen Health a Good Global Investment

Improving the lives of children around the world would reap huge returns, study says

Police-Inflicted Injuries Send 50,000 to ER Annually in U.S.

Substance abuse and mental illness common among those injured, study says

No Link Between Common Antibiotic, Irregular Heartbeat

Azithromycin, commonly known as Zithromax, won't up odds for atrial fibrillation, study shows

Leading Medical Groups Join March for Science on April 22

Planned as protest against Trump policies, organizers say value of science is at stake

Don't Let Bugs Dampen Your Outdoor Fun

Dermatologist offers tips to avoid pests and treat their bites

'Better Health' Argument Won't Always Work to Pass Soda Taxes

Philadelphia example shows that revenue generation can be more convincing to lawmakers

Don't Let Ticks Get Under Your Skin

Bug expert offers tips on protecting yourself from these tiny bloodsuckers

More Climate-Fueled Wildfires May Lie Ahead

Western U.S. is one of the highest-risk regions in the world, researchers say

Chemicals Found in Many U.S. Streams: Study

Tests for more than 700 chemicals in 38 waterways turned up surprising combinations with unknown effects

How to Protect Your Child From Accidental Poisoning

Kids under 6 account for 1 million calls to U.S. poison control centers a year

How to Protect Yourself From Air Pollution

Environmental health expert gives advice on ways to avoid exposure to pollutants

Preparing for Anesthesia: 5 Tips You Should Know

Planning ahead can help you avoid complications during and after surgery

For Firefighters, Another Danger: The Heart

Exposure to high heat and physical exertion may increase risk of heart attacks, study says

Most Americans Favor Larger Health Warnings on Cigarette Packs

Even many smokers think these warnings should cover up to 75 percent of the label, researchers find

U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Surged to Record Levels in 2016

Experts point to widespread smartphone use as deadly distraction for drivers and walkers alike

Just 17 U.S. States Require Defibrillators in Some Schools

Easy-to-use portable devices can prevent deaths from sudden cardiac arrest, researchers say

Raccoon Parasite Not as Deadly to Humans as Thought

Researchers find confirmed cases of raccoon roundworm where patients had no symptoms

Fewer Patients Die During Hospital Inspection Weeks: Study

Slight differences in death rates were possibly due to increased vigilance by staff, researcher suggests

Some Bed Bugs Can Traipse Out of Traps

Researchers find one tropical type that climbs its way to freedom

Baby Product Dangers

Cribs, baby carriers and strollers are being recalled at an alarming rate, according to a new study

How Much Melatonin Is Really in That Supplement?

Study finds amount can vary widely depending on the brand of sleep aid, with implications for health

Hospital Sinks May Be Awash in 'Superbugs'

Study finds drug-resistant bacteria can colonize in drains, spread to sinks and eventually reach patients