Safety and Public Health News

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8/27/2013
Measles Outbreak Hits Texas Megachurch

As many as 16 unvaccinated people infected so far, reports say

8/22/2013
Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers Aren't Cure-Alls, FDA Warns

Despite hype, treatment doesn't help for cancer or many other ills, and can have serious side effects

8/20/2013
Researchers Prove Carbon Monoxide Passes Through Walls

Finding points out importance of having alarms, even if no source of the lethal gas is in the home itself

8/16/2013
When It Comes to Food, Be Safe Not Sorry

Experts offer advice to ensure healthy eating

8/15/2013
Obesity's Death Toll May Be Much Higher Than Thought

Study shows 18 percent rate of related deaths in U.S. adults aged 40 and up, compared to earlier estimates of 5 percent

8/9/2013
Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 307 in 37 States

CDC says infections are linked to baby poultry from multiple hatcheries

8/2/2013
U.S. Obesity-Prevention Efforts Fall Short: Report

Hefty changes needed at all levels of government, Institute of Medicine says

8/2/2013
FDA Warns of Rare Skin Reactions to Acetaminophen

Cases happen very seldom but can lead to hospitalization or death, new warning label is planned

7/30/2013
Diabetes Testing Strips Recalled for Potential False Readings

Batches of Nova Max Glucose Test Strips could give erroneous, overly high blood sugar readings

7/26/2013
Germs in the Gym

Basketballs, volleyballs can be magnets for bacteria, study finds

7/26/2013
Lethal New Virus in Monkeys Shows Potential to Infect Humans

Study of germ that killed primates in a California colony should spur more vigilance, researchers say

7/26/2013
Technology Mishaps Behind 1 in 4 Operating Room Errors: Study

Surgical equipment checklist could cut errors in half, researchers say

7/23/2013
Menthol May Boost Cigarettes' Addictive Properties: Study

And FDA says the chemical makes it easier for young people to start smoking and harder for smokers to quit

7/19/2013
End of Heat Wave on the Horizon

Temperatures expected to peak Friday, with advisories in effect for 23 states, before cold front arrives

7/18/2013
Canadian Cold Front to Bring Relief From Heat Wave by Weekend

In the meantime, experts offer advice on how to handle the blistering temperatures

7/18/2013
Drug Addicts, Dealers Are 'Doctor Shopping' for Pain Pills

Fraudulent claims of pain, few checks and balances mean the practice is rife, study authors say

7/17/2013
Homeless Face Hidden Epidemic of Smoking

Three-quarters of this population smoke, and they've been targeted by tobacco companies in the past, advocate says

7/17/2013
States Boosting Efforts Against Distracted Driving: Report

But increased education, law enforcement is stymied by drivers' reluctance to 'put down their phones'

7/17/2013
No Benefit to Community-Wide Dementia Screening: Review

But worrisome symptoms could merit a visit to the doctor, experts say

7/17/2013
Experts Urge Caution As Heat, Humidity Blanket Much of U.S.

Moist air means 90-degree weather will feel much more oppressive

7/12/2013
Poverty Rate Still High Among U.S. Children: Report

Almost one-quarter live in low-income homes, which experts say affects their health and education

7/12/2013
West Nile Spraying Safe in Short Term: Study

California researchers found Sacramento County residents had no immediate health problems after pesticide was applied

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