Safety and Public Health News

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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

6/6/2014
Use Prescription Painkillers Safely

Experts offer tips on how to avoid accidental overdose, addiction

6/5/2014
People Under 65 Hard Hit by Flu This Year

H1N1 strain predominated in season that peaked early; CDC recommends inclusion of H1N1 in next year's vaccine

6/3/2014
Food Handlers Cause Most Food-Poisoning Cases

Norovirus spread in restaurants accounts for two-thirds of all outbreaks, CDC says

5/29/2014
U.S. Measles Cases at 20-Year High

Almost all infections involve unvaccinated residents who traveled abroad, CDC says

5/28/2014
Can Fire Retardants Raise Risk of Children Born With Lower IQs?

Study found higher levels of the chemicals in mom also upped chances of hyperactivity in kids by age 5

5/27/2014
Task Force Recommends Hep B Screening for High-Risk People

Vaccine, antiviral treatments make it worthwhile to spot chronic condition early, researcher says

5/24/2014
Jump in, Just Don't Swallow the Water

Kiddie pools are hotspots of bacteria, expert says

5/22/2014
Yelp Can Help Spot Food Poisonings at Restaurants

The online review service was used to identify several foodborne outbreaks in New York City

5/20/2014
Unwanted Germs Can Land, Last Inside Jetliners

Study focused on MRSA and E. coli bacteria

5/19/2014
Existing Drugs May Work Against MERS, Studies Suggest

Findings could speed access to treatment for patients who can't wait for new drugs to be developed

5/16/2014
New Drug for Chagas Disease Disappoints in 1st Human Trial

Older medication bested posaconazole, but combination of both might work well, study says

5/15/2014
Start Sleep Drug Lunesta at Lower Dose for Safety, FDA Says

Agency points to studies showing daytime drowsiness that could interfere with driving

5/14/2014
Hand Microbes Might Reflect Where, How You Live

Finding suggests that studies in this area should include people from different regions

5/13/2014
Pets Can Carry Same 'Superbug' Strains as Their Owners: Study

But infection tends to originate in humans, so concern that your cat or dog has MRSA isn't necessary, researchers say

5/9/2014
Antipsychotics Help Cut Crime Rate: Study

New research suggests medications curb violence in patients with psychiatric disorders

5/7/2014
Nicotine Poisoning of Infant Highlights 'E-Cig' Dangers, Docs Report

10-month-old boy was sickened but survived toxic ingestion of liquid used for 'vaping'

5/5/2014
Disease Outbreaks May Not Change Minds of Vaccine Opponents

Study of whooping cough epidemic in Washington state found no rise in immunization of babies

4/24/2014
Genetic Code of Tsetse Fly May Help Fight Sleeping Sickness

Scientists spent a decade sequencing its genome, and hope to find new targets for pest control

4/21/2014
Start Tornado Preparation Now, Expert Advises

Decide ahead of time where to take shelter

4/19/2014
If Kids Think Someone's Watching, They're More Likely to Wash Their Hands

Less than half of students soaped up when they were alone, study finds

4/15/2014
Drowning Deaths Down Overall, But Still a Problem: Report

Rates increased for adults 45 to 84; kids 4 and under and adults 85 and older at highest risk

4/15/2014
Younger Adults Hit Hardest This Flu Season

Although H1N1 strain predominates, previous exposure prevented pandemic

4/14/2014
Nearly 10 Percent of U.S. Adults Now Have Diabetes: Study

Researchers found a nationwide rise of the disease since late 1980s, and a parallel rise in obesity

4/14/2014
As African Ebola Outbreak Spreads, Hopes for Vaccine Remain Years Away

There are promising avenues of research, but sporadic nature of outbreaks makes testing difficult

4/11/2014
Swine Flu From 2009 Pandemic Also Struck Sea Otters: Study

Scientists say finding shows marine animals may be yet another host of flu viruses