Safety and Public Health News

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1/3/2015
Strong Neighborhood Bonds, Less Gun Violence?

Participation of community members is essential, researchers say

1/2/2015
U.S. Bicyclist Deaths on the Rise, Study Finds

Two-thirds of riders who died weren't wearing helmets, report notes

12/30/2014
Flu Now Epidemic in U.S., With 15 Child Deaths Reported

But it's too early to know if this year's strain is more severe than usual, CDC says

12/30/2014
Middle-Aged Worse at Texting-While-Driving, Study Shows

But, experts stress that distracted driving is dangerous at any age

12/30/2014
Bats May Have Triggered Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, Study Says

Researchers rule out larger wildlife as the source of infection

12/30/2014
Many Consumers Misled About Bogus Weight-Loss Supplements, Survey Says

Consumer Reports poll finds shoppers often mistakenly believe that FDA oversees these products

12/29/2014
Pollution Plagues Annual Pilgrimage to Mecca

Air quality worsens at Saudi Arabian city, study finds

12/26/2014
CDC Monitors Lab Worker for Possible Ebola Exposure

Error occurred at agency lab in Atlanta during research on the dangerous virus

12/25/2014
Don't Let Burns Mar Your Holidays

Use care in the kitchen, around the tree, experts say

12/23/2014
Diabetes Drug Metformin Safe for Patients With Kidney Disease: Review

Alternative medications more costly, have more side effects, researchers say

12/23/2014
Early Study Offers Hope for an Ebola Vaccine

Precursor of vaccine now being tested in West Africa produced immune response in Ugandans

12/19/2014
E. Coli Germs Found on Farmers Market Herbs

Nearly one-quarter of samples from West Coast vendors tested positive, study says

12/19/2014
CDC Warns of Listeria Danger From Caramel Apples

Outbreak has sickened 28 people in 10 states; 4 have died and 26 have been hospitalized, agency says

12/19/2014
Older Cars a Bad Choice for Younger Drivers

Study found nearly half of teen crashes involved cars more than a decade old

12/18/2014
Arriving Now at Gate 42: Measles

CDC report of transmission in U.S. air terminal shows how easily the virus can spread

12/18/2014
Many Flu Infections Aren't Good Match for Vaccine: CDC

But health officials still urge people to get inoculated because the shot should offer some protection

12/17/2014
Screening Test Finds Drugs That Show Promise Against Ebola

Researchers uncover 53 potential treatments; all are already FDA approved but need more study for this use

12/16/2014
Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Serious Strep Infection

But animal-to-human transmission of this bacteria is rare, researcher says

12/16/2014
Male Ebola Survivors Should Use Condoms for at Least 3 Months, Experts Say

Studies find semen retains deadly virus for up to 91 days

12/11/2014
Many Americans Still Haven't Gotten a Flu Shot

Health officials cite reports on the vaccine's potentially limited effectiveness

12/9/2014
Insecticide Sprays Don't Offer Extra Protection Against Malaria: Study

Infection rates among kids in Africa were no better than when using bed nets alone

12/4/2014
Flu Shot May Offer Less Protection This Winter: CDC

Vaccine not a good match for mutated strains circulating now, officials say

12/3/2014
FDA Advisors Not Sold on Lifting Ban on Gay Men Giving Blood

But American Red Cross, other groups urge easing restrictions due to better blood screening

12/2/2014
Officials Designate 35 Ebola Treatment Centers

'We must prepare for the possibility of additional cases in the United States'

12/1/2014
Is HIV Becoming Less Contagious?

Study from Africa suggests virus is evolving

12/1/2014
'Trouble in Toyland' Report Targets Hazardous Gifts for Kids

Consumer watchdog group says many playthings can choke or poison

11/27/2014
Turkey Fryer Mishaps Can Cause Serious Burns

Expert offers tips on using these devices safely

11/25/2014
Most Americans With HIV Don't Have Virus Under Control, CDC Says

U.S. experts cite indifference, lack of access to care

11/21/2014
Restroom Hand Dryers Spread More Germs Than Paper Towels, Study Finds

Bacteria counts in the air around the machines far exceeded those around paper dispensers

11/20/2014
FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller

Agency says it's latest step in curbing epidemic of addiction to drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

11/20/2014
U.S. Proposes Greater Public Access to Data From Clinical Trials

New rules would require even failed trials to publish summary of results

11/17/2014
Bedbugs Could Be Potential New Source of Tropical Disease in U.S.

Deadly Chagas disease is now affecting Americans, experts warn

11/17/2014
Doctor With Ebola Dies at Nebraska Hospital

He became infected in West Africa, epicenter of the outbreak

11/14/2014
Doctor With Ebola Coming to U.S. for Treatment

He became infected in West Africa; to arrive at specialized Nebraska hospital on Saturday

11/13/2014
Gene Analysis May Help Spot Ebola-Like Illnesses Before Symptoms Appear

Preliminary research on hemorrhagic fever viruses uncovers early signs of infection

11/13/2014
Improper Contact Lens Use Causes Millions of Eye Infections: CDC

Proper lens hygiene can prevent most cases of keratitis, experts say

11/13/2014
Many Dialysis Patients Ill-Prepared for Emergencies, Study Says

Backup plan should include alternate treatment site

11/13/2014
Trials of Experimental Ebola Therapies to Begin

They include antiviral drugs and blood plasma transfusions, health officials say

11/12/2014
Scientists Find Signs of Toxic Flame Retardants in Americans

One type has never been detected before, the other is a surprise because it was phased out of kids' pajamas

11/12/2014
With Western Medicine, Ebola May Have Met Its Match

Hospitals in the U.S. have resources unavailable to medical workers in epidemic-ravaged West Africa

11/12/2014
Protect Yourself in Icy Temperatures, Heavy Snow

Winter's dangers can be avoided with simple precautions, experts say

11/11/2014
Last U.S. Ebola Patient Leaves NYC Hospital 'Healthy, No Longer Infectious'

Dr. Craig Spencer spent 19 days under treatment after contracting illness in Guinea

11/7/2014
Dallas to End Monitoring for Ebola Infections

CDC spends $2.7 million on hospital kits for health care workers

11/7/2014
Americans' Fears of Ebola May Be Fading, Poll Finds

New HealthDay/Harris Poll reveals some easing of anxiety, although misconceptions remain

11/6/2014
NYC Ebola Patient Passing Time in Isolation Playing Banjo: Reports

Officials expect doctor, who became infected while working in West Africa, will be released soon

11/4/2014
'Kissing Bug' Now Spreading Tropical Disease in U.S.

Cases of Chagas disease in Texas may be underestimated, researchers say

11/4/2014
Poor Quality Housing Tied to Higher Asthma Rates Among Kids

As number of cockroach, mold infestations rose, so did hospitalizations for respiratory attacks, study found

11/3/2014
MIT Researchers Develop Safer 'Button' Battery

New technology promising in animal trial; might prevent serious injuries in kids

11/3/2014
Inhaled Ebola Vaccine Protects Monkeys

Needle-free version would be easier to use in West Africa, experts say, and human trials are next step

11/3/2014
NYC Doctor With Ebola Shows Signs of Improvement

Condition upgraded to stable, from serious but stable, hospital says