Safety and Public Health News

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9/26/2011
Check Plastic Surgeon's Credentials or Risk Tragic Results, Experts Warn

Some doctors lack training and certification, botch operations, plastic surgeons say

9/22/2011
Bed Bug Insecticides Causing Sickness, Officials Warn

Incidents are rare but consumers need to be informed and careful

9/22/2011
Infections Linked to Swimming, Drinking Water: CDC

134 recreational water illness outbreaks caused nearly 14,000 illnesses during 2007-08

9/21/2011
Japan Reactor Fallout Reached San Francisco Bay Area: Study

But, radioactivity level was very low, posed no health risk, researchers report

9/21/2011
CDC Urges Americans: Get Your Flu Shot

Supplies are plentiful and the vaccine is a good match for circulating strains, officials say

9/16/2011
Vaccinations Aren't Just for Kids

Adults need protection from array of diseases beyond the flu, experts say

9/16/2011
Fear Proves Prime Motivator for Vaccinations

Former health official says H1N1 scare shows what pushes people to get needed shots

9/12/2011
For Many Americans, 9/11 Worries Still Dominate

Concern about family and friends, fear of flying and anxiety top the list, Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds

9/9/2011
A Little Dirt May Be a Good Thing

Some experts say the body must learn to tolerate germs to protect itself from health problems

9/6/2011
Tick-borne Illness May Lurk in Blood Supply

Researchers say screening test for babesiosis in donated blood needed

9/2/2011
Traffic Safety Should Be Among First Lessons in New School Year

Experts give tips for avoiding car accidents while walking to school

8/31/2011
Dangerous Bacteria Hide Out in Nurses', Doctors' Uniforms

Israeli study found worrisome pathogens on 60% of items sampled

8/30/2011
Bacterial Strain Behind 'Black Death' Plague Is Likely Extinct: Study

Analysis of medieval bones finds Y. pestis has changed over the centuries

8/29/2011
Mobile Devices Dangerous for Pedestrians, Too

Listening to music, especially, raised odds of getting hit while traversing crosswalks, study found

8/29/2011
Simple Safety Steps Can Make Back to School a Breeze

Parents need to take care of health, safety concerns of kids, experts say

8/28/2011
Irene Downgraded to Tropical Storm But Still a Threat

Feds say residents should shore up homes, store supplies, and monitor radio, TV for info

8/27/2011
Hurricane Irene Makes Landfall Over North Carolina

Feds say East Coast residents should shore up homes, store supplies, and monitor radio, TV for info

8/26/2011
Hurricane Irene Starts Assault on East Coast

Feds say residents should shore up homes, store water and food, and monitor radio, TV for info

8/25/2011
East Coast Urged to Prepare as Hurricane Irene Approaches

Feds say residents should shore up homes, store water and food, and monitor radio, TV for info

8/24/2011
Cancer Drug Shortages Getting Worse, FDA Says

Experts note patient safety at risk in some cases

8/24/2011
2 Salmonella Outbreaks Traced to Baby Chicks, Ducklings

CDC says they came from the same mail-order hatchery in Ohio

8/24/2011
East Coast Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Irene

Feds say residents should shore up homes, store water and food, and monitor radio, TV for info

8/23/2011
5.8-Magnitude Quake Unnerves East Coast

No reports of serious injuries

8/22/2011
Falls From Windows Claiming Too Many Children's Lives

Over past two decades, nearly 2,000 deaths and many more injuries have occurred, U.S. study finds

8/19/2011
Adult Vaccinations Protect Children: Report

But few get the recommended immunizations, experts say

8/18/2011
Cases of Legionnaire's Disease Tripled in 10 Years

Most people recover with antibiotic treatment, CDC says

8/16/2011
U.S. Women Using Dangerous Weight-Loss Pill 2 Years After Recall

Pai You Guo supplement contains drugs banned in U.S. for increasing stroke, cancer, heart attack risk

8/15/2011
Radiation From Japan Reached California Coast in Just Days

Level apparently harmless, but study provides insight into pollution's travel

8/12/2011
Get Rid of Standing Water to Protect From Mosquitoes

Many urban dwellers don't bother to take steps to discourage mosquito breeding, study finds

8/12/2011
Disabilities From 9/11 Behind Rising Retirements for NYC Firefighters

Researchers say attacks, aftermath have had 'enormous impact' on responders' health

8/11/2011
Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Turkey Sickens More People

Number of infected people is probably much higher than reported, expert says

8/7/2011
Treat Gasoline With Respect

Gas fires cause 500 deaths, 10,000 emergency room visits each year

8/5/2011
Household Mold During Infancy May Trigger Asthma

Kids exposed to mold as babies were three times more likely to develop the lung condition

8/4/2011
Cargill Begins Massive Recall of Turkey Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

36 million lbs of meat will be recalled after dozens of illnesses occurring across 26 states

8/3/2011
Surge in New HIV Infections Among Young Black Gay Men Troubling: CDC

And rate of new cases among all Americans is stuck at about 50,000 per year

8/3/2011
Source of Salmonella-Tainted Turkey Still Unclear

Federal experts tracking origin of outbreak that has sickened 77 nationwide since March

8/1/2011
Fetal Exposure to Magnetic Fields From Appliances, Power Lines May Up Kids' Asthma Risk

Experts call for further research into possible effect of high levels of exposure

7/29/2011
Report Urges New Review System for Medical Devices

Current program doesn't guarantee safety of products such as hip implants and pacemakers, Institute of Medicine says

7/28/2011
Report Could Tighten FDA's Oversight of Medical Devices

Manufacturers already taking issue with findings, to be released Friday by Institute of Medicine

7/25/2011
CDC Issues Guidance for Coping With Lingering Heat

Hot weather poses heightened risk for very young, the elderly and those with chronic health problems

7/22/2011
Low 'Health Literacy' Hazardous to Your Health

Study found inability to interpret health information linked to poorer outcomes

7/21/2011
Blood Stored Too Long May Threaten Patient Safety

Better storage methods might prevent dangerous breakdown of red blood cells, researchers say

7/20/2011
Scrutinizing Faces Might Catch Liars, Study Finds

They may try to control expressions, but strategy not foolproof

7/20/2011
Fewer Surgical Errors Reported at VA Medical Facilities

Over three years, rate of 'highest harm' events decreased by 14 percent annually, study shows

7/20/2011
'Heat Dome' Continues to Throttle U.S.

High temperatures and oppressive humidity pose health risks; doctor offers coping tips

7/12/2011
Soaring Temps Can Pose Serious Health Risks

Experts offer advice on coping with the heat wave gripping much of the U.S.

7/11/2011
Deaths Up, Care Levels Down at Teaching Hospitals in July

Problem linked to the annual mass exodus of experienced medical residents as newbies pour in, researchers say

7/10/2011
Risk of Lightning Strikes Rises in Summer

About 55 people in U.S. are struck and killed each year, but many deaths are avoidable, researchers say

7/9/2011
Parents Can Help Stop Spread of Water Park Illnesses

Having your child shower before entering pool is first big step, experts say

7/7/2011
Giant Weed Can Cause Blisters, Even Blindness

Officials urge people to steer clear of the giant hogweed