Safety and Public Health News

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7/31/2015
Stay Safe When Temperatures Rise

Expert offers tips on avoiding heat-related illness

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

6/4/2015
Falls Are Leading Cause of Childhood Injuries, Expert Says

Parents should be particularly careful about windows

5/29/2015
150 People May Have Had Contact With Lassa Fever Victim: CDC

But most at little risk of infection from the potentially fatal disease that's rare in U.S.

5/29/2015
FDA Warns of Complications From Facial Fillers

When injections accidentally enter blood vessels, blockages and damage can occur

5/28/2015
Global Trial Finds HIV Drugs Should Be Taken Right After Diagnosis

Those who started medications early fared better than those who waited until immune systems weakened

5/26/2015
U.S. Traveler Returning From Liberia Dies of Lassa Fever: CDC

Only sixth known case in United States since 1969, but virus is much less deadly than Ebola

5/22/2015
Raw Tuna Suspected as Source of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC

At least 53 people in nine states have fallen ill, while 10 have been hospitalized, agency reports

5/21/2015
Cold Weather a Bigger Killer Than Heat, Study Finds

But moderate, not extreme, temperatures more deadly, researchers say

5/2/2015
Mow With Safety in Mind

Expert offers tips on avoiding injury when cutting the grass

4/30/2015
Colorado Dog Key to U.S. Plague Outbreak, Study Confirms

Health officials detail rare, multiple-case infection

4/29/2015
Company to Destroy 265 Tons of Ice Cream Over Listeria Concerns

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says amount would fill 15 tractor trailers; move will cost more than $2.5 million

4/28/2015
Microneedle Patch Might Boost Global Measles Vaccination Rates

It's designed to be easier to use, safer, more portable than syringes, researchers report

4/24/2015
2nd U.S. Ice Cream Maker Pulls All Products After Listeria Threat

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams joins Blue Bell Creameries after test showing contamination

4/22/2015
Bird Flu Poses Little Threat to People: CDC

Genetic analysis indicates public shouldn't be alarmed, 'cautiously optimistic' health officials say

4/21/2015
Ice Cream Maker Pulls All Products After Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell Creameries said new tests showing contamination prompted move

4/21/2015
3.8 Million Chickens To Be Killed After Bird Flu Outbreak at Iowa Farm

Experts stress this strain poses little risk to humans

4/14/2015
Ebola Vaccine Trial Begins in Sierra Leone: CDC

Roughly 6,000 health workers will get shots in country hit hard by current outbreak

4/14/2015
Ebola Virus Evolving, But Isn't Getting Deadlier, Study Says

Results suggest treatments developed in this outbreak will remain effective

4/10/2015
Recalls of Ice Cream, Hummus Spur Listeria Warnings

CDC recommends safe handling, storage of foods

4/10/2015
Smartphones Could Be Early Warning System for Earthquakes

Technology could detect problems and alert people in developing countries

4/8/2015
Researchers Create One-Dose Ebola Vaccine

Animal tests are promising, but more work needed before human trials

4/6/2015
Higher Alcohol Taxes May Lead to Fewer Drunk-Driving Deaths: Study

Researchers believe thousands of fatalities could be avoided each year

4/3/2015
Texting Bans Tied to Drop in Car Crash Injuries

Hospitalizations from auto accidents down 7 percent in states with restrictions

4/2/2015
Travelers Bringing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to United States

Strain of Shigella is easily transmitted and causes tough-to-treat diarrhea, CDC says

3/27/2015
2014 Saw Only 3 Shark Attack Deaths Worldwide

But nonfatal attacks are up slightly around the world, researchers find

3/26/2015
CDC Launches New Round of Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads

Former smokers harmed by tobacco tell their stories

3/26/2015
Kitchen Towels Can Make You Sick

Researchers find cellphones a potential source of cross-contamination, too

3/25/2015
New Ebola Vaccine Shows Promise in Human Trials

It appeared to provoke good immune response in Chinese study, but larger trials are needed

3/24/2015
School Dismissal a Dangerous Time for Kids Getting Hit By Cars

Study authors and expert say better supervision, less smartphone use might cut the risk