Safety and Public Health News

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8/17/2012
Dallas Launches Insecticide Spraying Against West Nile Virus

The north Texas area has been hit hard by the potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease this summer

8/16/2012
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: An Underestimated Threat

Study finds 450 Americans die, more than 2,000 are hospitalized each year

8/16/2012
North Texas Cities to Start West Nile Spraying Thursday

Dallas, Fort Worth area has been hit hard by the potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease

8/14/2012
Physical, Mental Toll of Japanese Nuke Plant Meltdown Assessed

Residents living near doomed reactor showed relatively low radiation exposure, study found

8/14/2012
Dallas, Fort Worth Area Braces for West Nile Spraying

The Texas cities have been hit hard by the potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease

8/13/2012
Dallas-Fort Worth Brace for West Nile Spraying

The Texas cities have been hit hard by the potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease

8/10/2012
'Greening' Vacant Lots May Boost Safety

Well-tended parcels linked to decline in violent crime, small study shows

8/9/2012
Sharp Spike Seen in Swine Flu Cases: CDC

Number of reported illnesses has jumped 5-fold this week

8/3/2012
CDC Preparing Vaccine for New Swine Flu

No sustained person-to-person transmission yet, but this virus has a gene linked to pandemic flu

8/3/2012
Could Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Pose Skin Cancer Risk?

Tiny flaws in all brands tested allowed emission of harmful UV rays, study found

7/30/2012
'Women and Children First?' Not So, Says Study

But critic questions conclusions about who is saved first during ship sinkings

7/26/2012
Flu Cases From County Fair Traced to Pigs

But this strain isn't very contagious, CDC says

7/20/2012
Talk to Your Kids About the Colorado Killings

Mental health experts say children and teens need reassurance at times like this

7/19/2012
Tornadoes Don't Have to Be Deadly, Experts Say

Having a 'safe room' nearby, staying alert to warnings key to saving lives, CDC notes

7/18/2012
Infection With 2 HIV Strains Slows Disease Progression

For people infected with HIV-2 and then HIV-1, it takes longer for AIDS to develop, study finds

7/17/2012
FDA Bans BPA From Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

Move comes after industry request for 'clarification,' but consumer advocates say it's not enough

7/6/2012
Simple Steps Can Shield Children From Dog Bites

Over 4.7 million people, mostly kids, are bitten every year, experts say

7/3/2012
FDA Approves First At-Home HIV Test

Experts say it could reduce the number of Americans who are unaware of their HIV status

7/2/2012
It's Not So Much the Heat, It's the Lack of Power

Expert advice on how to stay cool if you've lost your electricity

6/27/2012
Wednesday Is National HIV Testing Day

CDC urges all people between the ages of 13 and 64 to get tested at least once

6/26/2012
U.S. Blood Supply at Dangerously Low Levels: Red Cross

Donations fell by 50,000 in June, experts note

6/21/2012
As Heat Builds, Take Steps to Protect Yourself

Experts offer advice on how to steer clear of dehydration -- or worse

6/20/2012
More Than Half of Resident Docs Have Worked While Sick: Study

Dedication to work a key reason, but experts say patient safety may be at risk

6/18/2012
Hotel Room Germs Abound on TV Remotes, Light Switches

Study tracked bacteria counts in facilities in three U.S. states

6/13/2012
Plague Rare in U.S., Surfacing in More Affluent Areas

Study shows vermin-linked disease is reaching beyond poor locales

6/8/2012
Danger at Home Lurks in Pills, Plants, Chemicals and More

Parents urged to think like a kid to effectively safety-proof their home

6/8/2012
Poisoning 'Can Happen to Anyone'

Fumes from two cleaning products knock woman out cold

6/7/2012
1 in 3 Teens Admits to Texting While Driving

On the plus side, many more young motorists buckle up, drive sober now than before, CDC says

6/7/2012
Many Suffer Leg, Lung Clots While Hospitalized: CDC

Risk of potentially deadly blockages rises with age; prevention efforts urged

6/7/2012
Flu Season Was One of Mildest on Record, CDC Confirms

Fewer deaths, hospitalizations this year than in the past, agency says

6/7/2012
Ritual in Some Jewish Circumcisions Raises Risk of Herpes Infection: Report

CDC details 11 cases since 2000; NYC health officials advise against oral-genital suction practice

6/6/2012
Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Spreading: WHO

Last line of drug defense, cephalosporins, appears to be weakening, U.N. agency says

6/4/2012
'Uncertainty' Remains Over Supply of Key Cancer Drugs

While shortage of generics has eased, more must be done to prevent future shortfalls, experts say

5/30/2012
Brave New World of Genetics Requires Safeguards, Experts Say

Regulations haven't kept pace with discoveries, American Heart Association warns

5/30/2012
FDA Warns of Fake Version of ADHD Drug Adderall

Counterfeit drug lacks active ingredient; real medicine is currently in short supply

5/27/2012
Many Still Tanning, Despite Dangers, Survey Finds

Under-30s most likely to use tanning beds or sunbathe, online poll suggests

5/26/2012
Keep Food Safety in Mind This Memorial Day Weekend

Even locally grown or organic fresh produce can become contaminated, experts warn

5/24/2012
Flesh-Eating Bacteria No Cause for Panic, Experts Say

Cases of illness are relatively rare and treatable with antibiotics if caught early, they stress

5/22/2012
Injury-Linked Deaths Vary Widely Among States

Report finds too few states require proven safety policies that would save lives

5/22/2012
No Progress in Reducing U.S. Motorcycle Deaths: Report

Recommendations include more helmet use, encouraging all drivers to share the road

5/17/2012
OSHA's Safety Tests Protect Workers at Little Cost: Study

But some disagree with researchers' conclusions

5/17/2012
Drowning Is Leading Cause of Kids' Accidental Death: CDC

Swimming lessons can help protect toddlers, experts say

5/17/2012
'Fish Pedicure' a Recipe for Bacterial Infection, Researchers Warn

Health spa practice is highly unhealthy, study reports

5/16/2012
CDC Lowers Lead-Poisoning Threshold for Kids

Cutting the safe blood level of the metal in children is long overdue, advocates say

5/11/2012
Lifesaving Defibrillators Often Not Nearby When Needed

Study found automated devices were usually too far away to save cardiac arrest victims

5/4/2012
Obese Drivers Less Likely to Buckle Up: Study

Morbidly obese people also are more likely than normal-weight people to die in car crashes

5/2/2012
Once-Banned Bird Flu Study Suggests Pandemic Threat Is Real

Researchers found the virus could potentially mutate and spread widely among people, but that hasn't happened so far

4/30/2012
Secondhand Smoke Permeates Many Apartment Buildings: Study

Advocate wants smoking bans in housing complexes to safeguard kids from incursion

4/27/2012
Rate of Statin-Linked Muscle Woes Unclear, Study Suggests

Coding used by health professionals to report problems may not show true picture

4/26/2012
Anti-Smoking TV Ads From Tobacco Industry Don't Help

However, study found media campaigns from other sponsors were effective