Safety and Public Health News

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1/25/2016
Zika Virus Expected to Spread North Through U.S.: WHO

Common mosquito spreads infection; Americans have no immunity

1/22/2016
U.S. Ob-Gyn Group Supports Zika Virus Travel Precautions

Also, CDC adds 8 more countries to list that pregnant American women may want to avoid

1/19/2016
Take Care in the Bitter Cold

Expert gives tips on avoiding dangerous drops in body temperature, or hypothermia

1/18/2016
Lyme-Causing Ticks Expand Their Range in U.S.

Residents in nearly half of all counties now at risk, CDC says

1/7/2016
Three Moves Could Cut New HIV Cases Dramatically: Study

Researchers say testing, treating and providing preventive drugs are crucial

1/6/2016
Hard Lessons Learned From the Ebola Fight

West Africa epidemic showed women survived more, and an anti-malaria drug worked well, scientists report

12/31/2015
Researchers ID Areas of Western U.S. With Risk of Plague

Regions in California, Colorado and New Mexico most affected, study reports

12/30/2015
Drinking Water Pipes Full of 'Good' Bacteria

Swedish researchers say this natural biofilm helps keep drinking water clean

12/25/2015
Holiday Plants Can Pose Health Risks to Kids, Pets

Mistletoe, holly berries and poinsettias should be placed out of reach, expert advises

12/24/2015
Don't Forget Fire Safety This Holiday Season

Three safety organizations offer advice on preventing trouble

12/17/2015
More Than Half of U.S. States Not Well Prepared for Disease Outbreaks: Study

Efforts needed to boost ability to respond to viruses, superbug threats, researchers say

12/16/2015
U.S. Ebola Survivors Suffered Lingering Effects

Common health issues were joint pain, hair loss and vision problems, report finds

12/15/2015
Majority of U.S. Hospitals Don't Require Flu Shots for Staffers: Survey

Only 1.3 percent of VA hospitals mandate the shot for health care workers, researchers find

12/10/2015
Not Enough Needle Exchange Programs Outside Cities: Study

Half of all injection drug users live in rural, suburban areas

12/4/2015
Death and Disability From Injuries Down Worldwide: Study

Rate has dropped by nearly one-third since 1990

12/4/2015
Get Your Flu Shot Before the Flu Is Widespread: CDC

Everyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated before holiday trips and gatherings, experts say

12/4/2015
Making Sense of the Senseless Violence

After latest mass shooting stirs now-familiar fears, experts see growing psychological toll

12/3/2015
Hawaii Facing Rise in Dengue Fever Cases

122 cases of the extremely painful, but rarely fatal, disease have been reported since mid-September

12/2/2015
Pollution From Coal Burning Most Damaging to Health, Study Finds

It's 5 times more dangerous for the heart than same-sized particles from other sources, researchers say

11/27/2015
Buckle Up in the Backseat, Experts Advise

About 400 deaths a year might be prevented if more people wore rear seatbelts

11/19/2015
Genetically Engineered Salmon Gets FDA Approval

It's first animal-based food to get OK from the agency, which says it's safe to eat and doesn't need special label

11/19/2015
Scientists Spot Gene That Could Make Bacteria Resistant to All Antibiotics

The DNA has emerged in germs infecting people and pigs in China, researchers warn

11/18/2015
Charges Filed Against Makers of Nutritional Supplements

One company in nationwide sweep sold products with ingredient that caused liver damage, FDA says

11/16/2015
Teens, Parents Share E-Cigarette Concerns, Poll Finds

Both groups want tighter controls on devices' use, health warnings on packaging

11/16/2015
Pediatricians' Group Urges Cuts in Antibiotic Use in Livestock

Widespread practice is boosting bacterial resistance to drugs, putting kids in danger, AAP says

11/15/2015
Medicines Last as Long in Space as Here on Earth: Study

But more research needed to determine whether drugs would degrade on longer missions

11/13/2015
Too Much Traffic in OR May Put Patients at Risk, Study Finds

Doorways are designed to keep air sterile, but repeated openings may let germs in during surgery

11/11/2015
Swiss Report Highlights Danger of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Cases where the infection isn't thwarted by existing antibiotics are surfacing, researcher says

11/11/2015
Emergency Surgery Patients Often Wind Up Back in Hospital: Study

Surgical site infections were the most common reason why

11/9/2015
Jury Still Out on Silicone Breast Implant Safety

Latest analysis finds inconclusive evidence for any link to health risks

11/3/2015
Calorie Counts on Menus May Prompt Healthier Offerings

Study found chain restaurants that used them tended to offer more lower-calorie choices

10/29/2015
Keep Kids Safe This Halloween

Doctors' group offers tips for avoiding fright-night injuries

10/26/2015
Truckers' Fatigue, Cellphones Boost Their Crash Risk: Study

Researchers also found that troubling blood pressure readings increased odds of an accident

10/26/2015
Medication Errors Seen in Half of All Operations in Study

And 80 percent of the mistakes were preventable, researchers report

10/23/2015
Illnesses, Deaths Spur FDA Warning on Hepatitis C Drugs

Cautionary label will be added to Viekira Pak and Technivie, agency says

10/21/2015
Obama Administration Takes Aim at Epidemic of Heroin, Painkiller Abuse

New initiative involves government, medical groups, media, drug store chains and more

10/20/2015
Study Says Tdap Vaccine Safe During Pregnancy

Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis combo shot did not appear to raise risk, even if woman had prior tetanus shot

10/15/2015
FDA Warns of Hazards From Imported Supplements

Danger for people who don't speak English well or have limited access to health services, agency says

10/14/2015
Ebola Persists for Extended Period in Survivors' Semen: Study

Research suggests virus can hide for up to 9 months, and men can pass the virus to female partners

10/14/2015
Small Hospitals Seeing More Drug-Resistant E. Coli Infections

Study suggests these tougher germs aren't limited to large medical centers

10/14/2015
Caramel Apples Can Harbor Listeria, Study Finds

When not refrigerated, bacteria can grow quickly around dipping stick, researcher explains

10/14/2015
Churches a Good Place for HIV Testing, Treatment in Africa

Study found pregnant women in sub-Saharan nations were 11 times more likely to get help in faith-based centers

10/14/2015
Plight of NFL Player Stricken by MRSA Germ 'Extremely Unusual'

Infections by the 'superbug' down significantly in recent years, CDC says

10/12/2015
Response in Sierra Leone to Ebola Outbreak Saved 40,000 Lives: Study

But faster action could have spared thousands more, experts say

10/7/2015
More Than 730 Illnesses Reported in Latest Salmonella Outbreak

Four deaths have also been linked to tainted cucumbers, CDC officials report

10/5/2015
New Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' an Emerging Threat, CDC Says

Evidence of CRE found in seven U.S. cities monitored by researchers

10/4/2015
Expert Offers Car Seat Safety Tips

Most devices aren't used properly

9/30/2015
More Than 670 Illnesses Reported in Latest Salmonella Outbreak

Three deaths have also been linked to tainted cucumbers, CDC officials report

9/24/2015
Almost Half of American Adults With HIV Don't Take Meds: Report

Finding highlights challenges of 'unequal epidemic,' researcher says

9/22/2015
Most Americans Will Experience At Least 1 Diagnostic Error: Report

In some cases the consequences can be severe, expert panel notes