Safety and Public Health News

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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

4/10/2014
Kitchen Cutting Boards Can Harbor Drug-Resistant Germs: Study

Poultry prep linked to E. coli found on food equipment in homes, hospitals

4/7/2014
Childhood Obesity Adds Nearly $20K to Lifetime Medical Costs: Study

Losing weight while young may help kids lower future health care expenses, researcher says

3/31/2014
HIV-Positive Inmates Benefit From Drug Treatment, Study Says

Suppressing virus during jail time might reduce its spread after release, researchers suggest

3/25/2014
Post-Katrina Heart Woes Persisted at Least 6 Years

Fallout from stressful events can linger a long time, study suggests

3/16/2014
Flu Can Infect Many Without Causing Symptoms: Study

British researchers call those who get physically sick 'tip of iceberg' in terms of total cases each year

3/14/2014
'Extreme Sports' Linked to 40,000 Head and Neck Injuries Per Year

Study finds skateboarding, snowboarding lead the pack in number of trauma cases

3/12/2014
Safety Checklists for Surgery May Not Lower Deaths, Complications: Study

But Canadian program wasn't voluntary and that may have affected results, researchers say

3/4/2014
Some U.S. Clinical Trials May Fall Into Federal Regulation 'Gap'

For these studies, patient safety might be covered by states, other entities, experts say

3/3/2014
Ah, Spring . . . And a Snakebite Alert

Texas veterinarian warns that warmer weather puts people, pets at greater risk

2/27/2014
Mentally Ill More Often Victims Of Violence Than Perpetrators: Study

Nearly one-third are victimized, while only a quarter have committed acts of violence, researchers report

2/27/2014
Vinegar May Be Cheap, Safe Way to Kill TB Germ

Accidental discovery might help labs, clinics disinfect, especially in cash-poor countries

2/26/2014
Groups Push FDA to Revoke Approval of Highly Potent Painkiller

One dose of Zohydro could kill a child, say coalition of consumer advocates, addiction specialists

2/24/2014
Legal Drinking Age of 21 Saves Lives, Review Finds

Researchers say resist the call to lower the age limit to 18

2/24/2014
FDA To Step Up Oversight of Indian Drug Makers

More inspectors planned as India emerges as growing source of pharmaceuticals

2/22/2014
Students' Health Habits Tied to School Success

Fitness, nutrition, proper sleep and TV restrictions appeared to make a difference in study of city kids

2/19/2014
Many U.S. Hospitals Fall Short in Preventing Infections

Study authors consider findings 'a call to action'

2/14/2014
Fire-Safe Cigarette Law Reduces Home Fires: Study

Massachusetts saw a 28 percent drop in cigarette-caused blazes since law took effect

2/14/2014
Flu Hits Unvaccinated Hardest, Study Finds

Those who have had vaccine are far less likely to need intensive-care unit

2/14/2014
Many Stroke Survivors Resume Driving Without Testing: Survey

Less than 6 percent of those getting back behind the wheel got formal review of road readiness

2/11/2014
States May Be Getting Stricter on Child Vaccine Exemptions

Study finds bills to expand parental opt-outs are failing, while others to limit them have passed

2/5/2014
China's New Bird Flu Might Put People at Risk, Report Says

Genetic analysis after woman's death finds virus may 'replicate efficiently in humans'

2/1/2014
Secure Those Sets for Super Bowl Viewing

As part of National TV Safety Day, experts warn that televisions can tip over on kids

1/28/2014
Another Arctic Blast Has Much of U.S. in Its Grip

Doctors offer advice on ways to stay safe and warm during frigid weather

1/27/2014
Third Deep Freeze Sweeps Across Country

Doctors offer advice on ways to stay safe and warm during frigid weather

1/23/2014
Dealing With The Deep Freeze

Doctors offer advice on ways to stay safe and warm during frigid weather

1/23/2014
Shopping Carts Can Pose Big Danger to Little Kids

Study found one youngster seriously injured in falls, tip-overs every 22 minutes

1/22/2014
Texting While Walking a Dangerous Combination: Study

Pedestrians who did both had poorer balance, were less able to walk in straight line, researchers say

1/21/2014
FDA Approval Process Comes Under Scrutiny in Studies

Drugs face inconsistent standards, heart device upgrades may not undergo clinical trials, researchers say

1/21/2014
Time for Docs to Ditch the White Coat?

New infection control guidelines raise possibility that some attire may spread germs among patients

1/20/2014
Easy Access to Guns Tied to Higher Risk of Suicide, Homicide

Firearms in the home can lead to rash decisions with fatal outcomes, study author says

1/20/2014
Disinfectants Can't Defeat Salmonella in Food-Processing Plants: Study

Researchers say findings point to need to keep bacteria out of production areas

1/16/2014
U.S. Smoking Rates Drop to Historic Lows: CDC

Report authors credit increasing cigarette taxes, hard-hitting anti-smoking ads for decline

1/15/2014
FDA Warns Against Prescription Drugs With High Levels of Acetaminophen

Officials say action taken because of reports of severe liver damage from accidental overdoses

1/15/2014
Experts Urge 'Seismic Shift' in Approach to Better U.S. Health Care

Improving education, social services can help Americans live longer, healthier lives, panel says

1/15/2014
Ban on Chemicals Lowers Human Exposures, Study Finds

But exposure to similar phthalates that aren't banned has risen, researchers say

1/10/2014
U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb

Southwestern states hardest hit, but infections still not at epidemic levels, CDC says

1/9/2014
FDA Warns Against Misuse of Laxatives

Ignoring dosing instructions, cautions can lead to serious side effects with some of these products