Misc. Safety and Public Health News

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Giving CPR Kits to Kids Nudges Parents to Learn

Danish study found seventh graders trained an average of 2.5 friends, family members

Heart Attacks at School Involve More Adults Than Kids

Whether defibrillators should be available an open question, researcher says

Obesity Rate in U.S. Still Climbing

New findings show no state posted a decline in adult rates last year

Bacteria 'See' the Light

Finding might lead to new ways to detect or destroy bacteria, experts say

Scientists Develop 'Natural' Protection for Stored Foods

Biodegradable polymers infused with herbal extracts could extend product shelf life

Spirometry Testing for COPD Underused

Only a third of patients given the analysis, report says

New Strategy Stretches Bird Flu Vaccine

Researchers say more people could be protected in possible pandemic

Chemical Flame Retardants Linked to Thyroid Disease in Cats

Finding could be a sign of possible health threat to humans, researchers say

U.S. Hispanics Focus of Free Cholesterol Checks

Up to half have not been screened in the last 5 years, group says

Limits on Social Contact Helped Fight Flu Pandemic

Quarantines, school closings could be valuable in a future threat, study of 1918 influenza epidemic finds.

Eye Health Group Backs Kids' Sight-Saving Bills

2 of 3 U.S. children fail to get checkups by age 6, Prevent Blindness America says

Scientists Probe How HIV Infection Turns Into AIDS

They've devised a new model that could point to better drug targets

Drinking Teens Eschewing Beer for Hard Liquor

Four-state CDC study tracks teens' alcohol preferences

Free Booklet Gives the Facts on Lung Cancer

Online guide aimed at the newly diagnosed, National Lung Cancer Partnership says

Agent Orange May Boost Vietnam Vets' Hypertension Risk

Federal report also revisits risks for a number of cancers

Nurses, Printers at Increased Asthma Risk

1 in 4 new cases linked to on-the-job exposures, research suggests

Botulism Linked to Canned Hot Dog Chili Sauce

U.S. health officials warn consumers to throw away products

Bush Creates Panel to Oversee Imported Foods

Move follows growing worries about safety of nation's food supply

iPod Helped Lightning Jolt Jogger

Ear buds conducted bolt into his head, doctors say

Folic Acid Fortification a Success in Canada

Decrease in neural tube birth defects even more than seen in the U.S., study finds

Heat-Related Illnesses Take the Fun Out of Sun

Using sunscreen, drinking water, covering up are just what the doctor orders

Most Sunscreens Aren't Up to the Task

They offer some protection, but you need to take additional steps to avoid skin cancer

Don't Get Burned by Heat Stroke

Potentially deadly illness can usually be prevented, experts advise

Protect Your Pets From Fireworks

Loud noises, bright objects traumatize animals, so take safety measures

When It Comes to Fireworks, Leave the Shows to the Pros

An estimated 10,800 injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2005

TB Patient Has Less Dangerous Strain: CDC

But MDR-TB is still potentially lethal, and agency's actions were justified, official says

Amateur Basketball Players Court Disaster

Experts offer 'weekend warriors' tips on preventing injury

TV Program Tripled Calls to Smoking Quitline

Huge response after series following newsman Peter Jennings' death from lung cancer, study finds

Anti-Malaria Drugs Help Africa's Women, Babies

Giving these meds in pregnancy improves birth outcomes, study finds

A Safe Summer Means More Fun for Kids

Experts offer parents common-sense tips to protect children from injury

Bengay Death Highlights OTC Dangers

Just because it's nonprescription doesn't mean it's harmless, experts caution in wake of teen track star's overdose from sports cream

FDA Shouldn't Approve Diet Drug, Panel Says

Concern about suicidal thoughts cited by agency advisers

Health Tip: Keeping Kids Safe

Rid your home of potential hazards

Many Cops Have Troubled Sleep

Problem impairs judgment, increases risk for accidents, experts say

Lack of Sleep Hinders Airport Security Checks

Baggage screeners may be less diligent, alert if overtired, study suggests

Blood Clot Screening Program Is Expanded

Group updates free exams targeting early identification of disabling blockages

Most Guns in Homes With Young Kids Not Stored Safely

70% of parents surveyed say they don't take adequate precautions, researchers report

Life in Segregated Neighborhood May Improve Mexican-Americans' Health

That finding runs counter to studies of other ethnic minorities, reseachers say

U.S. to Probe Role of CDC Expert in TB Saga

CDC investigating actions of one of its own microbiologists, whose son-in-law traveled with dangerous TB.

FDA Bans Toothpaste From China

Agency warns consumers that the products contain a dangerous chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent

TB Patient Apologizes, But Defends Actions

Atlanta lawyer insists he was told he wasn't a health threat; search continues for fellow airline travelers

TV Ads on Stroke's Warning Signs Can Improve Care

Better education gets people to the hospital more quickly, study finds

TB Patient Enters Denver Hospital for Treatment

He is a 31-year-old Atlanta lawyer whose father-in-law is a U.S. government TB expert; search continues for fellow airline passengers

Experts Disagree on Whether TB Patient Needed to Be Isolated

U.S. health officials still seeking airline passengers who could have been infected

Health Tip: Safe Toys For Your Child

Here's how to help prevent accidents

Driving With Passengers Boosts Accident Risk

Likelihood of a crash doubles with 2 or more riders, Australian study says

Number of Smoke-Free Households on the Increase

CDC report found the proportion went from 43% in 1993 to 72% in 2003

Ladder-Related Accidents Climb in U.S.: Study

Fractures most common injury, sending more than 136,000 people a year to ERs

Gardasil Guards Against Vaginal, Vulval Cancers

Researchers found cervical cancer vaccine reduced risk of lesions by 49%

Air Bags Dangerous for Tall, Small People: Study

A second study finds that women are engaging in increasingly risky driving