Safety and Public Health News

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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

1/9/2012
FDA Warns of Painkiller Mix-Up at Nebraska Plant

Small chance that prescription narcotic painkillers, over-the-counter meds were mingled together

1/5/2012
Experts Endorse Lower Lead-Poisoning Threshold

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

1/5/2012
Many Jails Got No Flu Shots During H1N1 Outbreak: CDC

Researchers want small correctional facilities included in vaccine program

1/4/2012
FDA Curbs Use of Certain Antibiotics in Livestock, Poultry

Move stems from fears of drug-resistant bacteria that could pose threat to humans

12/30/2011
PTSD, Respiratory Problems May Be Linked in 9/11 Responders

Study found connection was stronger in nontraditional responders than police

12/30/2011
Tips to Keep Winter Sports Injury-Free

Slipping and sliding on skis and skates is fun, but can be hazardous, experts say

12/28/2011
States Crack Down on Drunk Drivers This Holiday Season

New Year's Day is among the five deadliest days on U.S. roads, sobering research shows

12/20/2011
Drug Overdoses Kill More Americans Than Car Accidents: CDC

Almost half of drug poisonings are now from abuse of prescription painkillers, researchers note

12/18/2011
Christmas Trees and Trappings Can Fan Fire Risk

Expert offers tips to avoid getting burned this holiday season

12/17/2011
Pediatricians Offer Tips to Avoid Holiday Hazards

Check this list from the American Academy of Pediatrics twice to make sure holiday is nice

12/16/2011
Dengue Fever Cases Subside in Florida, But Threat Remains

Report finds no outbreak in Key West this year, but many residents may still be infected

12/14/2011
Electronic Cigarette Makers Must Prove Safety of Products: Report

Institute of Medicine details testing that should be done to back any claims of reduced disease risk

12/14/2011
Walking While Drunk Can Lead to Deadly Accidents: Expert

Many pedestrians struck and killed by cars have been drinking

12/14/2011
Injuries Linked to Holiday Decorating on the Rise

Fires from candles, frayed electric light wires can prove deadly, experts warn

12/13/2011
U.S. Safety Board Urges Nationwide Ban on Drivers' Use of Cellphones

Recent texting-linked tragedy in Missouri points to the need for national approach, board says

12/12/2011
Drug for Acute Respiratory Distress May Do More Harm Than Good: Study

Trial of salbutamol was discontinued after patients using it fared worse than those without it

12/6/2011
Bed Bugs Can Bypass Pitfalls of Inbreeding, Studies Say

Finding means they can cause rapid infestation, may explain recent resurgence

12/6/2011
If Parents Drink and Drive, Their Kids May Too: Study

Teens' risk for motoring under the influence rose with parents' bad example, researchers found

12/5/2011
Study Sees Rice as Source of Arsenic Exposure

Finding is preliminary; poison expert downplays health risk

12/5/2011
Health Officials Urge Americans: Get Your Flu Shot Now

Vaccine supplies are still ample, but could start to run short, CDC says

12/5/2011
Girls More Prone Than Boys to Headaches After Head Injury

They can last for months but in most cases will disappear, study finds

11/30/2011
Most U.S. Drivers Engage in 'Distracting' Behaviors: Poll

Cellphone talk, texting, even applying makeup: Most know it's dangerous, but many do it anyway

11/30/2011
New Hip Implants No Better Than Older Ones, Study Finds

Not enough data to tell which device is best, researchers say

11/18/2011
FDA Revokes Approval of Avastin for Breast Cancer

Drug isn't safe or effective for women with metastatic disease, agency says

11/16/2011
Health Tip: Why Antibiotic Resistance Is Serious

It can lead to life-threatening infections

11/14/2011
More Teens Getting Vaccines Against HPV, Other Infections: CDC

Still a long way from full coverage, experts note