Safety and Public Health News

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7/9/2013
Cat Poop May Pose Health Risk

Parasite linked to variety of diseases, experts say

7/8/2013
Listeria Outbreak Prompts Cheese Recall

1 person dead, 4 sickened; source seems to be Wisconsin company, CDC says

7/1/2013
Blistering Heat Continues to Bake Western U.S.

Experts offer steps you can take to stay safe as temperatures rise

6/26/2013
How Safe Is Your Local Beach?

Report card rates cleanest and most contaminated beaches across U.S.

6/26/2013
Fungus From Tainted Steroid Shots Migrated to Base of Brain, Study Shows

Once there, it could help spur the meningitis that killed 58 in last year's outbreak

6/24/2013
Contaminated Home Wells Found Near Pa. Fracking Site: Study

Methane detected in higher-than-normal concentrations in drinking water less than a kilometer from shale work

6/17/2013
BPA Exposure Tied to Undescended Testicles in Boys

Early study doesn't prove that common chemical causes the condition, experts say

6/13/2013
6/6/2013
Hundreds Die From Extreme Heat Each Summer, CDC Warns

Simple measures can help shield you and those you love, experts say

6/6/2013
MERS Virus May Never Become Big Threat in U.S., Experts Say

New strain will most likely weaken over time, infection specialists explain

6/4/2013
Oklahoma Tornadoes a Reminder to Be Prepared

Expert advises having a disaster plan in place for unexpected severe weather

5/30/2013
Scientists Gauge Radiation Dose From Trip to Mars

253-day journey would expose astronaut to amount equal to 40-50 whole-body scans, study says

5/30/2013
1 in 5 Americans Goes to the ER Each Year: CDC

Report found those on Medicaid were more likely to do so than the uninsured, privately insured

5/25/2013
Hidden Dangers Dog Dog Parks

Pets should be fully vaccinated before frolicking with friends, vet says

5/24/2013
High Cadmium Levels May Raise Risk for Dying From Liver Disease: Study

Tobacco smoke most common source of exposure to heavy metal, researchers add

5/23/2013
Shortage of Key Drug Hampering U.S. Efforts to Control TB: Report

Many health departments have altered treatment practices; CDC officials working to solve the problem

5/22/2013
Your Pooch Could Raise Your Home's Bacteria Count

Study found more germs and a wider variety of bacterial types in houses with dogs

5/22/2013
Simple Steps Can Protect Pets in Weather Disasters

Keeping your animal with you, and making sure pet carries ID are two key issues, experts say

5/16/2013
Many Public Pools Contaminated With Human Waste: CDC

Agency offers clear advice to help you avoid infections

5/14/2013
Even Low Levels of Lead Hamper Kindergartners' Reading Skills: Study

Some experts say no level of exposure is safe, push for zero tolerance from CDC

5/9/2013
Swimming Pools May Pose Hazard for People With Heart Devices

Electricity from pools' lighting systems might interfere with implanted defibrillators, case studies show

5/6/2013
More Than 4 in 10 U.S. Teens Text While Driving: Survey

State laws banning behavior don't seem to help much, researchers find

5/2/2013
Only 1 in 5 Americans Gets Enough Exercise: CDC

Picture brighter for aerobic exercise than for muscle-strengthening, report finds

5/2/2013
Lipsticks, Glosses Contain Toxic Metals: Report

Children should not play with these products, researcher says

4/29/2013
New Guidelines Suggest HIV Screening for All Adults

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says effectiveness of newer treatments, especially if given early, prompted change

4/28/2013
Second Man Arrested in Tainted Letter Case, Officials Report

First man appears to have been framed by the latest suspect for sending ricin-laced letters to Obama and others

4/26/2013
Could Facebook Assist Public Health Efforts to Track Obesity?

Study tied users' online interests in U.S. regions to obesity rates

4/25/2013
No Evidence That New Bird Flu Passes Between People: Study

But researchers cautioned that genetic makeup of the H7N9 virus is changing to adapt it for mammal infection

4/24/2013
Many Who Got Thyroid Cancer After Chernobyl Still Alive: Study

Finding gives hope to those exposed to radiation in other nuclear disasters, researchers say

4/24/2013
Many Americans Breathing Cleaner Air: Report

But some cities continue to have dangerously high levels of ozone and soot

4/23/2013
Deadly Meningitis Cases Worry Gay Community

Outbreaks have killed men in New York, California, but officials now think cases on each coast unrelated

4/23/2013
'Misdiagnosis' Leading Cause of U.S. Malpractice Payouts: Study

Diagnosis-related claims -- not surgical or medication errors -- are the most costly of all, researcher says

4/19/2013
Minorities Less Prone to Think They'll Get Cancer: Study

But researchers say attitudes might not match actual risk

4/18/2013
Treatment for New, Deadly Coronavirus Shows Promise

Researchers report two drugs currently used to treat hepatitis C stopped virus from replicating in lab tests

4/18/2013
As Pedestrian's Age Rises, So Does Odds of Dying in Traffic Accident

CDC report finds that people aged 75 or older face double the risk compared to younger

4/18/2013
Man Arrested in Tainted Letter Case, Officials Report

Follow-up test needed to confirm ricin was in mail sent to President Obama, Republican senator, officials say

4/17/2013
Prepared for Trauma, Overwhelmed by Carnage

Hospitals' practice drills provide blueprint, but rapid response to Boston Marathon bombings shows how they really work

4/17/2013
FDA Approves 'Abuse-Deterrent' Label for New Oxycontin

Latest formulation is tougher to crush and dissolve, making illicit use more difficult

4/16/2013
Boston Bombing Injuries 'Like a War Zone'

3 dead, more than 170 injured by explosions near Boston Marathon finish line

4/15/2013
3 Dead, Many More Injured in Boston Bomb Blasts

Authorities searching for suspects, motive behind attack at finish line of Boston Marathon

4/15/2013
FDA Warns Against Sale of Sports Supplements in U.S.

Dangerous stimulant DMAA is sold under variety of ingredient names, agency says

4/10/2013
Antibiotic Prescribing Rates Vary by Region: Report

It may be contributing to growing problem of drug-resistant bacteria, researcher says

4/9/2013
New Bird Flu No Immediate Threat: U.S. Experts

There's been no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission in Chinese outbreak

4/4/2013
Despite Big Progress, Many Kids Have High Lead Levels in Blood

Mineral has been linked to learning and behavioral problems, CDC says

4/4/2013
Fewer U.S. Teens Dying in Teen-Driver Crashes

Risky rider behavior and passenger fatalities have lessened, but texting and speeding remain deadly habits, report says

4/3/2013
Monkey Research Gives Insights Into New SARS-Like Virus

Coronavirus strain has so far infected 17, killed 11 worldwide

3/28/2013
CDC Launches New Graphic Antismoking Ads

Emotional ads put a face to devastating effects from both smoking and secondhand smoke

3/22/2013
Flu Season Continues to Wind Down

38 states reported minimal activity last week, CDC says

3/21/2013
They're Cute, But Chicks Carry Salmonella Dangers

Major 2012 outbreak was linked to mail-order chicks, ducklings, CDC says

3/18/2013
Health Tip: Practice Winter Sports Safety

Protect kids from injuries