Safety and Public Health News

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9/21/2015
Distractions Make Alcohol Even More Dangerous for Drivers

Risk of poor road control doubled after one drink if driver's focus was disturbed, study found

9/21/2015
Adult Obesity Rate Tops 30 Percent in Half of States

Highest rates found in the South and Midwest: report

9/21/2015
Tighter Gun-Control Laws May Lower Chances That Teens Carry Firearms

But state regulations need to limit adult ownership to have an impact, study says

9/17/2015
Global Impact of Tropical Disease Leptospirosis Underestimated: Study

The illness infects 1 million a year, kills nearly 59,000, researchers report

9/17/2015
Heavy Drinking Linked to Greater Risk for Alcohol-Related Cancers

Researchers say it's a risk factor for death and disability that can be controlled

9/15/2015
Long Shifts Linked to Increased Injury Risk for EMS Workers

The longer they work, the greater their risk, observational study shows

9/10/2015
2nd Death Reported in Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak

Tainted cucumbers also linked to 341 illnesses in 30 states, CDC officials report

9/8/2015
New Guidelines Call for Kids, Health Care Workers to Get Flu Shots

Pediatric group pushes seasonal vaccine as essential for these groups

9/3/2015
Needle-Exchange Program Curbed HIV Spread, Study Finds

Washington, D.C.-based effort also saved $44 million in potential disease treatment costs over 2 years

9/2/2015
Chewing Tobacco Kills More Than 250,000 People Each Year: Report

British study is first to assess international impact of smokeless tobacco on adults

9/2/2015
Two Large U.S. Aquifers Tainted With Natural Uranium: Study

Farm-related pollution 'mobilizes' the element, helping it enter groundwater

9/1/2015
More Older Americans Falling Prey to Bike Injuries

Riders over 45 a big part of jump in hospital admissions for more severe accidents, report finds

8/28/2015
As Tropical Storm Erika Eyes Southeastern U.S., Residents Need to Prepare

People should have emergency communication plan in place, stock up on essential supplies

8/27/2015
Despite Pockets of Resistance, Most U.S. Kids Getting Vaccinated

Health officials call the finding heartening, but worry about lingering opposition to inoculations

8/27/2015
Injuries Tied to Illegal Meth Labs on the Rise: CDC

'Shake-and-bake' chemical explosions are one common, dangerous accident, agency report says

8/24/2015
One-Third of Mass Shootings Worldwide Occur in U.S.

Study shows link between prevalence of gun ownership and number of public massacres

8/21/2015
Mandatory Life Jacket Laws Could Reduce Boating Deaths

Regulation would also result in fewer people dying from drowning, researchers say

8/21/2015
Climate Change May Bring More ER Visits, Deaths, Study Says

Strongest link between temperatures and heat-related hospital visits is among 18- to 64-year-olds, not seniors

8/20/2015
NYC Declares Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Over

Health officials pinpoint source of bacteria that sickened 124, killed 12

8/19/2015
Genetically Modified Foods, Herbicides and Human Safety

2 researchers decry heavy use of weedkillers; manufacturer says no threat exists

8/13/2015
U.S. Bike Deaths Fall for Kids, But Rise for Adults

More men are switching to bicycles to commute, run errands, which may explain these trends

8/11/2015
12 Deaths Now Reported in NYC Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak

City health officials also said Monday that the number of cases has reached 113

8/10/2015
Expert Offers School Bus Safety Tips

Many injuries occur getting on and off the bus

8/7/2015
NYC Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak May Be Slowing

No new deaths or cases reported over the past 24 hours, city health commissioner says

8/6/2015
Legionnaire's Disease Most Deadly for Frail, Elderly, Experts Say

Outbreak in New York City has already killed 10, sickened 100

8/6/2015
Over 4 Million Americans Say They've Driven Drunk in Prior Month: CDC

Typical drunk driver is a young male with a history of binge drinking, survey shows

8/3/2015
Septic Tanks May Allow Fecal Matter Into Lakes, Rivers

Experts had assumed that soil would help to filter human waste

7/31/2015
Stay Safe When Temperatures Rise

Expert offers tips on avoiding heat-related illness

7/31/2015
Effective Ebola Vaccine May Be Here: Health Officials

Initial trials in Guinea show 100 percent effectiveness, larger trials are planned, WHO says

7/28/2015
Dialysis Patients May Be Unprepared for Natural Disasters

Study notes that after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, fewer than half had detailed medication list available

7/27/2015
Drug Makers May Delay Reporting Patient Harms to FDA: Study

Analysis found roughly 10 percent of cases were filed after 15-day deadline passed

7/24/2015
Climate Change May Be Pushing 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba to Northern Lakes

Deadly organism prefers warmer waters, expert says

7/21/2015
Scientists Test Universal Flu Vaccine in Mice

If finding bears out in humans, new vaccines might not have to be developed every year

7/20/2015
Doctors May Play Big Role in Antibiotic Overuse: Study

Research based on VA data found many docs wrote prescriptions even if the drug might be useless

7/12/2015
Hot Weather Safety Essential for Elderly

Chronic illnesses also increase vulnerability to temperature spikes

7/9/2015
Study Questions Safety of Chemicals Used in Plastic Consumer Products

Researchers say they see link to risk of high blood pressure and diabetes in children

7/9/2015
Cholera Vaccine Helps Prevent Serious Illness

Study finds immunizing pill is effective and cheap -- about $4 for two doses

6/23/2015
Labels on Edible Medical Marijuana Products Often Misleading: Study

Sixty percent contained less active ingredient than label said, while 25 percent had more

6/19/2015
Summer Beach Time Means Water Safety

Expert offers tips for dealing with rip currents and other risks

6/18/2015
Camping Wisely Helps Prevent Wildfires

Many outdoor blazes caused by carelessness, experts caution

6/18/2015
Gene Mapping Yields Clues to Recent Ebola Outbreak

Cross-border movement in West Africa was less than anticipated, research shows

6/16/2015
Health Assistance to Developing Countries Up Since 1990: Study

But, rise in funding has stagnated since 2010, researchers add

6/16/2015
FDA Tells Food Industry to Stop Using Artificial Trans Fats

Agency gives manufacturers three years to remove them from all foods sold to Americans

6/12/2015
Summer Spurs Calls to Poison Centers

Use care with bleach, bug spray, gasoline and picnic foods

6/11/2015
Tough Handgun Law Linked to Lower Gun-Related Murder Rate in Connecticut

Background checks, raising minimum purchasing age, requiring eight hours of training almost halved rate

6/11/2015
As Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Threaten U.S., Less Money Spent Fighting Them

Study shows funding has dropped 61 percent since 2004

6/10/2015
Most Americans Waste More Food Than They Know

And just 1 in 10 worries about the environmental consequences, study finds

6/9/2015
Germs in Foodborne Illness Gaining Resistance to Antibiotics, CDC Says

Rate more than doubled in two years for one strain of salmonella

6/9/2015
U.S. Health Officials Search for Those Exposed to Drug-Resistant TB

Patient spent seven weeks in country, traveled to three states before diagnosis

6/8/2015
Leaky Pipes May Mean Tainted Tap Water: Study

Research by British engineers refutes notion that water pressure is enough to keep contaminants out