Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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1/3/2017
FDA to Weigh Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarettes

Agency announces 2-day meeting on the safety risks of the lithium batteries that power the devices

1/1/2017
How to Keep Your Kids Cozy and Safe by the Fireside

All types of fireplaces -- wood, gas and electric -- are potential safety hazards, experts warn

12/30/2016
Winter Hikes Can Be Fun, But Put Safety First

Be prepared for heat loss, sun glare and shorter days, hiking group advises

12/28/2016
Welders Showed Increased Risk of Parkinson-Like Symptoms in Study

Exposure to manganese in welding fumes appears to affect movement, researchers report

12/28/2016
Are Human Milk Donations Safe?

Human donor milk should only be distributed through established milk banks, study finds.

12/27/2016
Kids Landing in ERs After Drinking Parents' E-Cig Nicotine Liquid

In one case, a 6-year-old wound up in intensive care

12/23/2016
Don't Let Food Poisoning Ruin Your Holiday Celebration

Keep extra cooks out of the kitchen to avoid food safety mistakes, experts advise

12/23/2016
Christmas Cords Pose Danger to Little Ones

Holiday extension cords, wires not safe around curious tots, who put everything in their mouths, researchers say

12/23/2016
FDA Suggests Limits on Lead in Cosmetics

Agency notes most products already below recommended level

12/22/2016
Many Ignore Fire Safety at Home, Survey Reveals

Holiday activities can put families in jeopardy, children's hospital warns

12/22/2016
CDC Allocates $184 Million for Zika Protection

Funds are earmarked for states, territories, local health departments and universities

12/22/2016
How to Ship Food Gifts Without Risk

Even foods that are smoked, cured or fully cooked should be kept cold, experts advise

12/20/2016
Safety First When Stringing Holiday Lights

Putting lights on a metallic tree is an electrical hazard, experts warn

12/20/2016
Stay Safe, Play Safe in a Winter Wonderland

Athletic trainer offers tips to avoid cold weather-related injuries

12/20/2016
12/13/2016
Emergency Surgery Riskier for Kids in Poorer Countries

Seven times more likely to die within 30 days of abdominal procedures for appendicitis, hernias, study finds

12/10/2016
When Buying a Christmas Tree, Think Safety First

Dry trees are a fire hazard, so pick a fresh one and keep it watered, doctors' group advises

12/7/2016
Best Way to Beat Back Zika a Matter of Debate

Analysis found conflicting evidence on which mosquito-control method worked best

12/7/2016
What's in Tobacco Smoke? Many Americans Don't Know

Surveys show misunderstandings about safety of filters are also common

12/6/2016
New Clues to Huge Jump in U.S. Mosquito Population

Urbanization, DDT pesticide ban played roles, but climate change may become a factor, researchers say

12/6/2016
Patient Safety May Drop During Doc Rotations

Study suggests patient care info might not be relayed to new team, boosting risk of in-hospital death

12/5/2016
'Superbug' Gene Spotted on U.S. Pig Farm

Study suggests potential resistance to a last line of antibiotics for humans

12/5/2016
Just 1 Cigarette a Day Can Be Deadly: Study

Light smokers still faced an increased risk of early death

11/30/2016
U.S. to Ban Smoking in Public Housing

Agencies have 18 months to implement smoke-free policies

11/28/2016
U.S. Should Reinforce Blood Supply: Report

New illnesses and financial pressures are potential threats, researchers say

11/26/2016
Hitting the Slopes? Keep These Safety Tips in Mind

Snowboarders and skiers should always use properly maintained equipment and be fully rested

11/25/2016
8 of 10 Texas Salons Heed Ban on Indoor Tanning for Minors

But survey finds most tell older customers they can tan every day, counter to FDA-suggested limits

11/24/2016
Consider Eye Safety When Choosing Kids' Toys

As holiday shopping season kicks off, here are tips on buying toys and sports-related items

11/23/2016
Survival Tips for Holiday Road Trips

Staying calm and being prepared can help you reach your destination safely

11/23/2016
1 in 7 Young Teens Is a Stalking Victim: Survey

They're at higher risk of substance abuse and depression, researchers say

11/23/2016
Making Sure Your Holidays are Happy

It's Christmas tree time! Here are important tips to keep the season safe

11/22/2016
How to Prepare That Holiday Turkey Safely

USDA offers advice for avoiding foodborne illness

11/22/2016
11/21/2016
U.S. Hospitals Halve Catheter Infection Rates: Review

But many critically ill patients still exposed to deadly bacteria, Consumer Reports researchers say

11/16/2016
Is Your ATM Dispensing Bacteria?

Study in New York City found most of the germs came from human skin, food

11/8/2016
U.S. Doctors Don't All Follow Prediabetes Screening Guidelines: Study

They split 50-50, survey shows, on advice aimed at preventing full-blown diabetes

11/8/2016
Do Your Part to Stop Spreading Colds and Flu

When you're sick, stay home, health officials urge

11/7/2016
Health Tip: Teach Your Family Fire Safety

And be sure to have an escape plan

11/3/2016
Graphic Cigarette Pack Labels May Cut U.S. Smoking Deaths

Researchers predict well over half a million lives would be saved over 50 years

11/3/2016
Paintball Causes Many Vision-Robbing Eye Injuries

Basketball, baseball and cycling accidents threaten eyes in other ways, study finds

11/1/2016
Robotic Surgical Tools Tough to Keep Clean

Findings suggest better cleaning procedures, more monitoring of instruments would help

11/1/2016
Common Vaccine Safe for Mother, Fetus

Finding should reassure women who get Tdap shot to help protect their infant against whooping cough

11/1/2016
Food Labels on Potential Allergens May Confuse Shoppers

Misunderstanding warnings could be dangerous for those with food allergies, researcher says

10/29/2016
Alcohol, Drugs a Poor Halloween Mix

When you're under the influence, carving pumpkins and other holiday fun can lead to injury, doctor warns

10/28/2016
Health Tip: Dress Kids in Safe Costumes

Tips for a happier Halloween

10/27/2016
More American Adults Think E-Cigs as Harmful as Cigarettes: Survey

But researchers note they can help smokers quit even if they're not risk-free

10/26/2016
Health Tip: Pay Attention on Halloween

Safety tips for walking trick-or-treaters

10/24/2016
Old Blood as Good as New for Transfusions, Study Finds

Little difference seen in patient survival rates

10/21/2016
Saturday, Oct. 22 Is Drug Take Back Day

DEA-sponsored event offers sites to safely dispose of unused meds

10/21/2016
Tips for Keeping Halloween Safe and Fun

Bobbing for apples, trick-or-treating can expose kids to potential hazards, health experts say