Safety and Public Health News

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8/29/2014
Biggest Ever Weekly Rise in Ebola Cases, U.N. Agency Says

About 500 new infections reported across West Africa, including first case in Senegal

8/28/2014
Gene Research Yields Insights Into Ebola Virus

Strain tied to West Africa outbreak has mutated hundreds of times, and only spreads among humans

8/28/2014
Ebola Outbreak Could Infect 20,000 People, U.N. Says

World Health Organization unveils $489 million plan to combat the outbreak in West Africa

8/27/2014
MERS Virus Doesn't Seem to Spread Easily, Study Finds

5 percent chance of getting it, while experts cite a 25 percent chance of catching flu

8/26/2014
Lack of Protective Gear Leaves Medics at Risk in Ebola Outbreak: Study

Researchers report shortages of gloves, masks existed in Liberia, Sierra Leone years before latest epidemic

8/26/2014
Steer Clear of Dietary Supplements for Concussions: FDA

Agency warns that no evidence supports claims of faster recovery from a head injury

8/22/2014
Many Americans Harbor Unfounded Fears About Ebola Outbreak: Survey

Misconceptions surround how the virus is transmitted, likelihood of disease spreading in United States

8/21/2014
Air in U.S. Cities Getting Cleaner, EPA Says

Levels of many toxins, pollutants have been lowered since 1990, according to the agency

8/21/2014
Both U.S. Health-Care Workers Infected With Ebola Released From Hospital

Though still weak, they're expected to continue to recover and pose no risk to the public, doctors say

8/20/2014
Drug for Ebola-Like Virus Shows Promise in Monkeys

Finding could be big gain against deadly pathogens like Ebola, Marburg, researchers say

8/18/2014
WHO Urges Screening of Travelers to Contain Ebola Outbreak

Officials stress that transmission of virus requires direct contact with infected person

8/15/2014
Scope of Ebola Outbreak May Be Greater Than Statistics Show: WHO

Officials say new treatment centers in Liberia overflowing with patients

8/15/2014
Beware Fake Ebola Treatments on the Internet, FDA Says

There are no approved treatments or preventive drugs against the deadly virus

8/13/2014
CDC Commits More Than 400 Staffers to Fight Ebola Outbreak

55 are deployed in West Africa now, others are working from the U.S.

8/12/2014
WHO Experts Give Nod to Using Untested Ebola Drugs

Move would be justified in 'particular circumstances' of current outbreak, ethicists say

8/11/2014
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September

'Patient Zero' thought to be 2-year-old who lived in village near 3 West African nations

8/11/2014
Ethicists Grapple With Tough Questions Over Release of Ebola Drugs

As West African crisis gathers momentum, pressure is on to bring untested medicine to desperate patients

8/10/2014
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September

Any vaccine resulting from the trials wouldn't be available till 2015, WHO says

8/8/2014
Poorly Packed Lunches Can Cause Food Poisoning

Health officials share tips for keeping perishables safe

8/7/2014
Some Home Tattoo Kits Recalled Due to Infection Risk

FDA concerned some contaminated ink may still be used by professionals or at home

8/7/2014
CDC Raises Ebola Outbreak Response to Highest Alert Status

World Health Organization also mulling similar move as cases are reported in Nigeria

8/6/2014
Fears of U.S. Ebola Outbreak Unwarranted, Experts Say

Virus doesn't transmit easily and medical care in United States is greatly superior to that in West Africa

8/6/2014
Ebola Patient Nancy Writebol Making 'Slow Improvement'

She is being cared for in isolation unit at same Atlanta hospital as another patient, Dr. Kent Brantly

8/4/2014
Experimental Serum May Have Been Key to Recovery of 2 Ebola Patients: Reports

Meanwhile, patient at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City being tested for the virus

8/4/2014
Most Cosmetic Procedures Based on Stem Cells Are Bogus, Experts Say

Unproven, fraudulent claims may place patients' health at risk, researchers caution

8/3/2014
Ebola Patient Dr Kent Brantly Arrives in U.S., May Be Improving

Second patient is expected to be delivered to the same Atlanta medical isolation unit later this week

8/2/2014
First U.S. Ebola Patient to Arrive in Atlanta on Saturday

Unnamed patient will be transported to specially equipped hospital for treatment

8/1/2014
Expert Offers School Bus Safety Tips

Almost 140 children and adults die every year in school transportation accidents

8/1/2014
Two Americans With Ebola Will Be Evacuated to United States

State Dept. says transfer to U.S. hospital will be done under strict protocols to ensure safety

7/31/2014
There's No Ebola Cure, But Early Intensive Treatment Boosts Survival

Virus launches assault on multiple organs, keeping patients hydrated is often key, experts say

7/31/2014
CDC Issues Travel Warning as West Africa Ebola Outbreak Worsens

Agency also plans to send 50 more experts to the affected countries

7/28/2014
CDC Downplays Ebola's Threat to the United States

Deadly virus relatively slow to transmit, and travel factors make spread from West Africa unlikely

7/28/2014
'Fist Bump' May Beat Handshake for Cleanliness

U.K. researchers found it transferred about a tenth of the bacteria that gripping hands did

7/25/2014
Lift U.S. Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men, Experts Say

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

7/23/2014
Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens

Many young people are ordering dubious, hazardous products off of the Internet, researchers warn

7/22/2014
American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations

'Emergency situation' could arise in weeks if shortages continue

7/18/2014
EPA Unveils New Bug Repellant Labeling

Should work much like sunscreen SPF labels, telling users how much protection they will get, agency says

7/16/2014
AIDS Epidemic May Be Subsiding: Report

Number of new infections, deaths declining, while more with HIV getting lifesaving medications

7/11/2014
Culling Deer Herd Curbs Lyme Disease, Study Says

Hunting program in Connecticut led to fewer cases of tick-borne illness

7/11/2014
CDC Issues Tough Report on Anthrax Scare

Agency places moratorium on transfer of dangerous germs from its high-level labs

7/4/2014
Houseboats Can Carry Hidden Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Hazardous concentrations from some gas generators can accumulate near the rear deck, experts say

7/3/2014
Stay Safe On The Roads This July Fourth

Nearly 400 people may die in accidents over holiday weekend, National Safety Council estimates

7/3/2014
Eye Doctors Offer Fireworks Safety Tips

But they caution that displays are best left to professionals

7/1/2014
No CDC Lab Workers Seem Sickened by Anthrax: Report

Breakdown in safety procedures last month led to concerns about possible exposure

6/20/2014
CDC Lab Workers May Have Been Exposed to Anthrax

No risk to public; agency says safety procedures weren't followed

6/17/2014
MERS Virus Did Not Spread in 2 U.S. Cases: Health Officials

Both of the respiratory infections were contracted in Saudi Arabia, CDC believes

6/14/2014
Stricter Laws Might Reduce Aggressive Driving in Young Males: Study

Speeding-related deaths, injuries dropped after new laws and harsher penalties took effect, researchers say

6/12/2014
Hospital's Efforts to Boost Patient Safety Pay Off

Study found obstetric malpractice claims dropped by half after program was put in place

6/12/2014
Less Smoking, Sex and Fighting Among U.S. High School Kids: CDC

But rates for other unhealthy behaviors, such as texting while driving, are up, agency says

6/9/2014
Teen Bullies, Victims Armed More Than Other Kids, Study Says

But experts disagree on findings' significance