Safety and Public Health News

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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

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