Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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9/2/2016
FDA Cracks Down on Antibacterial Soaps

Says the products are no better than traditional soap, and may pose risk of bacterial resistance

9/1/2016
Dengue Vaccine Could Make Disease Worse: Study

World Health Organization recommends using it only in places with widespread transmission

8/31/2016
Patients May Quickly Lose Beneficial Gut Bacteria in the ICU

Increased levels of harmful bacteria boost the risk for hospital-acquired infections, researchers say

8/31/2016
Health Tip: Make Yourself Seen When Exercising in the Dark

Take precautions so you're visible to drivers

8/30/2016
Health Tip: Reading the Label on OTC Medications

Understand what you're reading

8/25/2016
Mideast Violence Erasing Decades of Health Gains

Declines in life expectancy noted in Syria and other war-torn countries, study says

8/24/2016
Cheap Face Masks Little Help Against Air Pollutants

Scientists say close-fitting surgical styles are a better alternative

8/23/2016
Climate Change May Prolong Smog Season in Southeast U.S.

Air quality is becoming more sensitive to the effects of extreme weather, new study finds

8/22/2016
Food, Even Water Can Spoil When the Power Goes Out

A few precautions will help prevent contamination that can make you sick, CDC says

8/19/2016
Survey Finds Support for Limits on Indoor Tanning

But young women in Washington, D.C., who use tanning salons oppose a total ban

8/17/2016
7 Ways to Avoid Serious Injury From School Sports

Know how to reduce the risk of getting hurt so you'll be able to help your team compete

8/14/2016
Surviving Freshman Year 101

Avoid fast food and excess partying, and make the library your home away from home

8/13/2016
Taking a Bike Ride? Don't Forget Your Helmet

Wearing the right head gear will dramatically reduce your risk of serious injury or even death

8/11/2016
How to Get Your Child Ready for a Successful School Year

Good sleep, ample exercise and sound nutrition are keys, doctor says

8/11/2016
Would Weaker Beer Help Reduce Alcohol's Harms?

Researchers say drinkers wouldn't notice if alcohol content were reduced, but benefits to health and safety could be big

8/11/2016
AAA: Road Debris a Mounting Danger on U.S. Highways

Crashes involving objects that have fallen from vehicles up 40 percent since 2001

8/10/2016
Drivers Take Care! Kids Are Heading Back to School

The hours just before and after school are most dangerous for young pedestrians

8/9/2016
6 Million Americans Drink Water Tainted With Toxic Chemicals: Report

Many systems contain high levels of PFASs, which are linked to cancer, other health issues, study says

8/8/2016
Flint Water Crisis Taking High Toll on Health, Productivity

Michigan city accounted for 5 percent of lead poisonings nationwide in 2014-2015, researcher says

8/8/2016
Climate Change May Bring More Tainted Shellfish to Northern Seas

Study finds rise in dangerous bacteria could make swimming more hazardous, too

8/8/2016
Drowsy Driving Causes 1 in 5 Fatal Crashes: Report

Teens and young adults, shift-workers and people with sleep disorders face greater risk

8/7/2016
The Safest Way to Get to School Is a Big Yellow Bus

National Safety Council recommends this method over riding with parents or friends

8/6/2016
How to Have Fun -- and Stay Safe -- at the Beach or Pool

These water-safety tips from the American Red Cross could save a life

7/28/2016
Is It Flu, or Is It Valley Fever?

Potentially fatal infection is found in Southwest U.S. and is often misdiagnosed, specialists say

7/27/2016
E-Cigarettes Emit Toxic Vapors: Study

Levels depend on type and age of device, and they increase as it heats up

7/27/2016
Health Tip: Choose the Right Shoes

Sturdy footwear helps prevent falls

7/26/2016
'Heat Dome' Not Budging Until Week's End

Eastern part of country still in its grip; experts offer safety advice

7/25/2016
2 of 3 Americans OK With Doctors Discussing Gun Safety

But 54 percent of gun owners say talking about firearms with patients is appropriate, survey finds

7/25/2016
Little Threat of Zika Spread From Rio Olympics: Study

Because it's winter in Brazil, mosquito activity has subsided

7/25/2016
Edible Pot Sends Toddlers to Colorado ERs

Cannabis-laced candy, baked goods look irresistible to kids, doctors warn

7/25/2016
'Heat Dome' Contines to Scorch Much of U.S.

Eastern part of country still in its grip; experts offer safety advice

7/23/2016
How to Keep Bug Bites at Bay

CDC offers advice on thwarting disease-carrying insects

7/22/2016
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Detected in Sewage Spill

'People need to be aware of what may be entering the water,' researcher says

7/22/2016
'Heat Dome' Heats Up United States

Much of the country to be under its scorching influence by the weekend; experts offer safety tips

7/15/2016
Obamacare Paying Off With Improved Health Care: Report

But gains between 2011 and 2014 were often small, especially in poor communities

7/15/2016
Play 'Pokemon Go' Without Landing in the ER

Distracted walking a growing threat as players pursue virtual monsters in smartphone game

7/15/2016
Health Tip: Be Smart During a Power Outage

Unplug electronics and electrical equipment

7/15/2016
Health Tip: Watch Children Near Pool Drains

Suggestions to help keep them safe

7/14/2016
Road Rage Rampant in America

8 of 10 drivers admit to anger, aggression when behind the wheel

7/14/2016
CDC Warns of Dangers of Plastic Surgery in Dominican Republic

Report details cases of U.S. women who developed disfiguring infections after procedures there

7/12/2016
Watch Where Pokemon Go Leads You

Unforeseen injuries, even robberies can imperil the quest, experts say

7/12/2016
How Safe Is Condomless Sex When Partner With HIV Takes Meds?

Study suggests transmission risk is low if infected person adheres to treatment

7/11/2016
2nd U.S. Case of Bacteria Resistant to Last-Resort Antibiotic

Scientists concerned it could lead to more drug-resistant germs

7/8/2016
Health Tip: Keep Lead From Your Home

Take steps to protect your family

7/7/2016
Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Sandbox

Things to help prevent contamination

7/7/2016
How to Stay Safe When the Power Goes Out

American Red Cross advises keeping emergency supplies of water, cash and non-perishable food

7/6/2016
Heat Waves Pose Big Health Threats

Kids, elderly among those at greatest risk, doctor warns

7/6/2016
4 in 10 Popular Sunscreens Don't Meet Sun Safety Standards: Study

Biggest problem with products was lack of resistance to sweat or water

7/4/2016
Food Safety Should Come 1st on the 4th

Bacteria thrive in warmer temperatures, so be careful when handling picnic fare

7/2/2016
Heat Waves Are Health Threats

Drink plenty of water and use air conditioners or fans, doctor advises