Safety and Public Health News

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1/31/2013
Pet Hedgehogs Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in 8 States

CDC is investigating cases of rare strain of stomach bug linked to the animals

1/28/2013
1 in 5 Hospital Docs Reports 'Unsafe' Workloads: Study

Juggling too many patients increases risk of potentially dangerous medical errors, experts warn

1/28/2013
Poll Finds Broad Support for Tougher Gun Laws

And NRA members endorse measures such as background checks for all gun sales

1/27/2013
Checklist for Winter Sports Safety

Conditioning, appropriate gear are two essentials, expert says

1/25/2013
Flu Still at Epidemic Levels: CDC

Children and seniors especially vulnerable; infections declining in some regions

1/22/2013
Obese Drivers May Be More Likely to Die in Car Crashes

Seat belt positioning could be one reason, study authors say

1/18/2013
Businesses Should Plan for Flu Disruptions, Doctor Says

Start by encouraging workers to use sick days

1/18/2013
48 States Now Report Flu Activity, Elderly Hit Hard

It's still not too late to get vaccinated, experts say

1/17/2013
FDA Approves New Type of Flu Vaccine

Flublok easier to produce quickly and in large quantities, agency says

1/16/2013
Childhood Vaccine Schedule Is Safe, Report Says

Critics call for more research into whether shots may be linked to some developmental disorders

1/16/2013
Airborne Toxins Down, But Overall Pollutant Levels Rising: EPA

Better technologies may bring cleaner air, but dumping of toxins onto land is rising, agency says

1/16/2013
Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself From the Flu

As the outbreak worsens, health experts urge flu shots, frequent hand-washing and other measures

1/15/2013
'Spot' Shortages of Flu Vaccine, Tamiflu Reported, FDA Head Says

Agency is offering tips on how to find the shot or medication at a clinic or pharmacy near you

1/13/2013
Bathroom Reminders May Prod Guys to Wash Their Hands

In study, rate of college men who did so jumped to 86 percent after signs appeared

1/11/2013
Flu Widespread in 47 States, Vaccine 'Moderately' Effective: CDC

Infections appear to be falling in the Southeast, where the virus first appeared

1/10/2013
Prescription Painkillers Trail Only Marijuana in Abuse Rates, Report Shows

Rising numbers of people seeking treatment for abuse of these pain drugs, federal officials say

1/9/2013
Americans Suffer Worse Health Than Peers in Other Countries

Even younger adults don't fare as well as counterparts elsewhere, report says

1/4/2013
FDA Proposes New Rules to Strengthen Food Safety

Measures focus on stopping contamination at farms and in processing plants, agency says

1/3/2013
Many Americans Drive While Drowsy: Report

1 in 25 reports falling asleep at the wheel, CDC says

12/21/2012
Mass Murders: Why Us? Why the U.S.?

From gun availability to a lack of therapists, experts say many factors contribute to the spate of killings

12/19/2012
States Lagging in Emergency Preparedness: Report

Budget cuts, complacency threaten gains in U.S. readiness, public health experts warn

12/18/2012
Is the Mental Health System Failing Troubled Kids?

Spotting, managing young people like the Conn. gunman is difficult and will take more resources, experts say

12/12/2012
Study Finds New SARS-Like Virus Spread Through Bats, Pigs

Finding might help public health officials develop plan to contain possible outbreak

12/3/2012
12/2/2012
Helmets Do Save Lives on the Slopes, Research Shows

Fewer and less severe injuries seen in those wearing head protection, study review finds

11/28/2012
Steep Cigarette Tax Hike Could Save Lives, Money: Report

50 cents more a pack would mean 3 million more nonsmokers, 200,000 lives saved by 2085

11/28/2012
Latest West Nile Tally: 5,245 Cases, 236 Deaths

Texas still the hardest hit state with 1,714 cases, 76 deaths, CDC says

11/21/2012
Annual 'Trouble in Toyland' Report Cites Toy Dangers

Excessive lead levels, choking hazards, magnets can all cause serious injury for kids, PIRG says

11/21/2012
Home Is Where the Hearth Is

Experts offer advice on safe use of fireplaces, wood stoves

11/15/2012
Flame Retardants in Furniture, Carpets Might Affect Kids' Development

California study found that higher exposures were linked to IQ, attention deficits

11/15/2012
U.S. Diabetes Rates Soaring: CDC

Numbers have doubled over 15 years across 18 states, and all states now have rates of 6 percent or more

11/13/2012
Many Americans Still in the Dark About Antibiotic Resistance

Poll found misconceptions linger about what it means, how it happens

11/7/2012
CDC: West Nile Toll Now 5,054 Cases, 228 Deaths

Texas the hardest hit state with 1,684 cases and 76 deaths

11/7/2012
Report Details Start of Steroid Meningitis Outbreak

More federal oversight needed to prevent repeat occurrences, expert says

11/1/2012
Identifying Teen Drivers Curbs Crashes in N.J., Study Finds

Decal law also helps police enforce regulations, researchers say

10/31/2012
Health Risks Will Rise in Sandy's Wake, Experts Warn

Injuries, lack of clean water, toxic mold can all pose threats

10/25/2012
West Nile Cases Pass 4,700 Mark Nationwide: CDC

Number of deaths now stands at 219, up from 183 last week

10/24/2012
CDC Panel: All Pregnant Women Should Get Whooping Cough Shot

Mother's immunity can be passed on to her child, experts say

10/23/2012
Doctors Warn About High Levels of Caffeine in Some Energy Drinks

Concerns follow reports that Monster beverages may have been linked to five deaths in recent years

10/18/2012
10/17/2012
West Nile Cases Pass 4,500 Mark Nationwide: CDC

Number of deaths now stands at 183, up from 168 last week

10/16/2012
Tainted Steroid Injections May Affect Those Treated for Joint Pain

Knees, shoulders and hips are common targets, and infections can be dangerous, doctors say

10/15/2012
Study Shows Bicycle Helmets Save Lives

For cyclists killed in crashes, head injury much more likely among non-helmet wearers

10/12/2012
Official: Pharmacy Tied to Meningitis Outbreak May Have Broken State Law

More calls for greater oversight of so-called compounding pharmacies

10/10/2012
West Nile Cases Continue to Climb, CDC Says

Number of deaths now stands at 168, up from 163 last week

10/9/2012
Clearer Prescription Drug Labels May Be on the Way

Safety-standards group wants to simplify confusing language that can lead to dosing mistakes

10/5/2012
Shootings at Hospitals a Rarity, Study Finds

People known to assailant are usually intended targets, researchers say

10/4/2012
Lung Function Recovery Seen in People Exposed to World Trade Center Site

Breathing tests improved more for 9/11 rescue crews than nearby workers

10/4/2012
Little U.S. Flu Activity So Far, CDC Says

Most people 6 months of age and older are urged to get vaccinated

10/3/2012
West Nile Cases Continue to Climb, CDC Says

Number of deaths now stands at 163, up from 147 last week