Safety and Public Health News

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4/26/2012
Many U.S. Workers Sleep-Deprived: CDC

Transportation workers among those getting the least shuteye, researchers say

4/26/2012
Another Drug 'Take-Back Day' Scheduled for Saturday

Public urged to safely dispose of unwanted prescription meds at collection sites April 28

4/25/2012
Air Quality Improving in Many U.S. Cities: Report

Even Los Angeles showed lowest smog levels in more than a decade, data found

4/23/2012
U.S. Gives Green Light to Publish Controversial Bird Flu Research

After expert panel review, officials say H5N1 findings are of benefit, with little risk to national security

4/21/2012
Close Laundry Detergent Right After Use, Expert Says

Open containers can be hazardous to children, pets

4/21/2012
On-the-Job Injuries Can Be Lethal to U.S. Teens

88 lost their lives to workplace trauma in 2010 alone, study found

4/20/2012
Long MP3 Playlists Lead to Distracted Drivers

When searching for songs, drivers in a simulator took their eyes off the road for too long, study finds

4/19/2012
Measles Outbreaks in 2011 Were Worst in 15 Years: CDC

Most cases were tied to travel abroad, occurred in unvaccinated individuals

4/19/2012
Healthy Lifestyle Choices Could Cut Cancer Rates: Report

But researchers say lawmakers, private industry need to do more to encourage change

4/18/2012
EPA to Cut Air Pollution from Natural Gas 'Fracking'

First-ever standards for controversial industry should cut smog, but environmentalists say more can be done

4/16/2012
Young Risk-Takers Drawn to Dangerous 'Choking Game'

Study finds 6% of Oregon eighth graders admitted trying it, two-thirds had played more than once

4/13/2012
'Red Tide' Likely in New England This Season, Experts Warn

Severe bloom would close shellfish beds

4/12/2012
DNA Testing Finds Allergens, Toxins in Traditional Chinese Medicines

U.S. experts say supplements made in America are different, but neither country tests for ingredients

4/12/2012
Passengers on 'Bat' Plane Cleared of Rabies Risk

But health, airline authorities should be prepared to deal with wild intruders, CDC says

4/11/2012
FDA Seeks to Limit Antibiotics in Animal Feed

Practice blamed by some for increase in drug-resistant germs in people

4/10/2012
U.S. Spends Too Little on Public Health Initiatives: Report

Just $251 per person goes annually toward programs to prevent costly chronic diseases

4/6/2012
Pharmacy 'Robots' Linked to Bacterial Contamination of Drugs

Researchers call for better cleaning guidelines for the machines, increasingly found in hospitals

4/4/2012
More Fake Avastin Found in U.S., FDA Says

Medical practices told to stop using the counterfeit cancer drug distributed under the name Altuzan

4/2/2012
U.S. Advisers Say It's Now Safe to Publish Bird Flu Studies

Revisions to the research erase worry that bioterrorists might learn how to unleash a pandemic

3/22/2012
FDA Mulls Expanding Patients' Access to Certain Drugs

Agency is in 2 days of hearings on whether some prescription meds shift to 'conditional' OTC status

3/21/2012
U.S. Health Systems Not Ready for Catastrophes: Report

Institute of Medicine says better coordination needed for effective response

3/20/2012
Northeast U.S. Should Brace for Spike in Lyme Disease: Expert

The reason is a steep drop in mouse populations, a tick's preferred host

3/20/2012
Many Americans Ambivalent Over Laws Aimed at Healthy Living

Poll finds most accept rules for safety, smoking, eating, but also worry about a 'nanny state'

3/15/2012
CDC Launches Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign

The hope is to get 50,000 people to quit, the agency says

3/14/2012
U.S. Deaths From Gastro Infections Doubled Over 8 Years: CDC

Easily transmitted germs such as norovirus and C. difficile are prime culprits

3/8/2012
Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Many Household Products: Study

These ingredients also found in some 'alternative' brands, researchers say

3/6/2012
Ban on Public Smoking Linked to Fewer Preterm Deliveries

After Scotland put new laws in place, even nonsmoking pregnant women benefited, study found

3/5/2012
Many Pilots, Truck Drivers Sleep-Deprived, Survey Finds

Erratic shift work compounds the problem, and 1 in 10 transportation workers toils while drowsy

2/20/2012
Bird Flu Studies Can Be Published After All: WHO

Experts said security risk was outweighed by need to share findings on possible mutations by the virus

2/17/2012
Legionnaires' Death From Dental Equipment Linked to Tainted Water

Italian case highlights need for infection-control measures, researchers say

2/16/2012
U.S. Teen Driving Deaths Up: Report

Fatalities for 16- and 17-year-olds rose 11 percent in 2011, the first increase in years

2/15/2012
Many U.S. Teens Hit the Road Without Driver's Ed: Survey

Hispanics, blacks, males less likely to get formal training when it's not required by state law

2/13/2012
Home Oxygen Could Raise Burn Risk: Experts

Banning smoking and taking other safety precautions can prevent mishaps

2/10/2012
H1N1 'Swine' Flu Makes a Comeback in Mexico

Health experts say Americans shouldn't be overly concerned

2/8/2012
Big Drop in Americans' Blood Levels of Trans Fats, CDC Says

New findings focus on whites but studies on other groups underway

2/2/2012
Too Few American Adults Getting Needed Vaccinations: CDC

Though three vaccines showed increases in coverage rates, coverage remains low for essential ones

2/1/2012
Child Abuse, Neglect a Major Public Health Problem: CDC

Report found it costs U.S. $124 billion a year; overall price tag similar to diabetes, stroke

1/31/2012
U.S. Advisers Explain Request to Censor Bird Flu Research

Published details of experiments could be used for harmful purposes, experts warn

1/30/2012
Many Parents Skip Booster Seats When Carpooling

They don't bother with proper safety seats when their kids are in other people's cars, study finds

1/27/2012
Students Report Playing Dangerous 'Choking Game'

One in seven at a Texas university tried it, survey finds

1/26/2012
Gang Murders Taking Toll on Young Males, CDC Says

Most of these homicides involve guns, but criminal drug activity isn't often a factor

1/23/2012
Abortion Safer for Women Than Childbirth, Study Claims

Risk of death, though small, is 14 times higher in full-term pregnancy

1/20/2012
Scientists Agree to Delay Controversial Bird Flu Research

Fears that altered virus could escape from lab or be used by bioterrorists feeds debate

1/19/2012
More Americans Practicing Safe Sex, CDC Reports

Finding could signal changes in behaviors linked to HIV, researchers say

1/18/2012
Flu Season Off to Slow Start, So Far

Relatively few cases reported, experts say, but that doesn't mean a surge can't happen

1/17/2012
Americans Aren't Getting Any Skinnier

But, the good news is the overall rate of obesity is stabilizing, researchers report

1/17/2012
Injuries to Pedestrians Wearing Headphones Tripled Since 2004

Unaware of surroundings, they're hit by cars, even trains, report says

1/16/2012
Children's Drowning Injuries, Deaths Decline: Study

Youngest children at risk in bathtubs, older boys at most risk from swimming

1/11/2012
Outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease Traced to Hospital Fountain

Indoor decorative fountains should undergo periodic testing for bacteria, study says

1/10/2012
One in Six Americans Binge Drink: CDC

Most are young adults, but those aged 65 and over drink most often, report shows