Safety and Public Health News

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2/16/2016
FDA: Wait a Month to Donate Blood After Travel to Zika-Prone Areas

Four weeks is long enough for the virus to pass out of the body, agency says

2/16/2016
Young People More Likely to Text While Driving If Friends Do: Study

Safety campaigns should target social influences involved in distracted driving, researcher says

2/16/2016
In Fight Against Zika Virus, Officials Consider Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

The goal: Sterile males would mate with females that carry the germ suspected of causing birth defects

2/15/2016
WHO: Neurological Disorder on the Rise in Zika Zones

But U.N. health agency says too soon to prove link between Guillain-Barre syndrome and Zika-causing mosquitoes

2/12/2016
5.5 Million Die Early From Air Pollution Worldwide

More than half of these fatalities occur in China and India, research shows

2/12/2016
CDC Offering Zika Virus Tests for Pregnant Women

Two U.S. women who contracted the virus while abroad suffered miscarriages, according to reports

2/11/2016
CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly in Brazil

And two U.S. women who contracted the virus while abroad suffered miscarriages, according to reports

2/10/2016
CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly

Germ found in tissues of 2 Brazilian babies who died from the birth defect marked by undersized heads, brains

2/10/2016
Patient-to-Doctor Spread of Bird Flu Reported in China

But odds are slim that deadly virus will spread easily among people, experts say

2/9/2016
Homemade 'Dewshine' Can Be Deadly

2 teens have already died from toxic mix of soda and racing fuel, expert says

2/9/2016
Eye Defects Seen in Some Babies Born With Zika-Linked Microcephaly

Doctors should check these infants with abnormally small heads for vision problems, researchers say

2/8/2016
White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus

Emergency funds from Congress would combat the global health threat, officials say

2/5/2016
Record Heat, Drought May Explain Zika Outbreak in Brazil: Research

Hot weather can boost mosquito population, drought prompted people to keep water in open containers

2/5/2016
CDC Adds New Zika Warning for Pregnant Women and Their Sex Partners

Women should not have sex while pregnant if male partners have visited or live in Zika-affected areas, agency says

2/3/2016
Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Garden of Life RAW Meal Products: CDC

Consumers shouldn't eat certain Organic Shake & Meal Replacement foods

2/3/2016
Red Cross Takes Steps to Keep Zika Virus Out of Blood Supply

Agency asks potential donors who have traveled to areas where virus is active to wait 28 days

2/2/2016
Texas Health Officials Report Sexually Transmitted Case of Zika Virus

News comes day after WHO declared pathogen a global health threat

2/2/2016
U.S. Gun-Related Murder Rate 25 Times Higher Than Other Nations

Americans face 10-fold greater risk of dying by firearm violence, study finds

2/2/2016
For Super Bowl Fans, Flu Can Be an Unwanted Catch

Study finds spike in deaths among seniors who live in areas with teams in the game

2/1/2016
WHO: Zika Virus an International Health Threat

Virus suspected of causing birth defects could lead to 4 million cases in Americas in next year, agency says

1/29/2016
FDA Warns of Lead Poisoning Risk From Cosmetic Clay

Agency tells users of Bentonite Me Baby to stop using product, get checked by their doctor

1/29/2016
U.S. Weighs Changes to Blood Donations in Response to Zika Virus Outbreak

Temporary ban might be imposed on travelers returning from countries where the virus has taken hold

1/28/2016
Zika Vaccine Efforts Get Boost From Prior Research

U.S. health officials say valuable lessons were learned during battles against other mosquito-borne viruses

1/27/2016
CDC Broadens Zika Virus Travel Alert for Pregnant Women

U.S. agency says those at risk should avoid U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic

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