Safety and Public Health News

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7/6/2011
Long Commutes for Pilots May Hamper Flying Performance: Study

Fatigue may have played a role in some airline crashes, researchers warn

7/4/2011
Safety Experts Warn of Fireworks Dangers

Injury tolls prompt plea to leave pyrotechnics to the professionals

7/4/2011
Woman Loses Eye in Bottle Rocket Attack

Unsupervised kids with dangerous fireworks, she says, changed her life forever

6/30/2011
July 4 Weekend Dangerous for Underage Boys Who Drink: Report

ER visits double for young males when alcohol is involved, researchers say

6/29/2011
U.S. Plague Fatality 'Isolated' Lab Incident, New Report Confirms

Research supports government report on lab worker's death in 2009

6/29/2011
Pollution Took Heavy Toll at U.S. Beaches in 2010

Closures, warnings at second-highest level in 21 years, environmental group says

6/23/2011
German E. Coli Strain Especially Lethal, Studies Find

This variant of the intestinal bug shows key changes that made it tougher to fight

6/22/2011
Early Chemical Exposures May Affect Breast Health: Report

Scientists say common chemicals should be tested for their possible harm to milk gland development

6/21/2011
Lawmakers Urged to Consider Health Effects of Major Legislation

Decades-old policies also need revision, Institute of Medicine says

6/21/2011
Making Sure Child's Play Doesn't Turn Into Gunplay

Nationwide 'ASK' campaign urges parents to ask if unlocked guns are present in playmates' homes

6/20/2011
Portable Pools Pose Drowning Risk for Young Kids

Not even shallow wading pools are safe, experts say

6/16/2011
Lung Health of Police Responders From 9/11 Called 'Encouraging'

10 years later, 95% of officers show no extra decline in pulmonary function, study finds

6/16/2011
New U.S. Health Initiative Highlights Disease Prevention

Multi-agency effort will focus on encouraging exercise, healthy eating

6/15/2011
COPD Drug Via Mist Inhaler Could Raise Death Risk: Study

Spiriva isn't yet available in this form to U.S. patients, although a powdered formulation is

6/10/2011
Chemical Found in Foam Cups a Possible Carcinogen

Report adds styrene, formaldehyde to the list of monitored chemicals

6/9/2011
Bathroom Injuries a Little-Known Problem

Making bathrooms safer could prevent many slips and falls, CDC says

6/9/2011
Record Temperatures Posing Health Risks in U.S.

Experts offer some tips on how to protect yourself from the heat and humidity

6/8/2011
FDA Places New Warning Label on Zocor

High doses of cholesterol-lowering statin may raise risk of muscle damage, should not be given to new patients, agency says

6/8/2011
Arsenic-Containing Poultry Drug Suspended From Market

3-Nitro fed to chickens contains arsenic that can be transformed into a carcinogen: FDA

6/7/2011
In U.S., Salmonella Is on the Rise While E. Coli Retreats

CDC says salmonella now causes majority of hospitalizations linked to foodborne illness

6/4/2011
Officials: U.S. Not Affected by European E. Coli Outbreak

All tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce imported from Germany and Spain being tested

6/3/2011
Drifting Pesticides May Endanger People in Nearby Workplaces

California study finds higher Parkinson's risk among non-agricultural workers

6/2/2011
Deadly E. Coli Strain in Europe Should Serve as Warning, Experts Say

Though unlikely to spread to U.S. shores, dangerous strains of bacteria becoming more common

6/1/2011
Earpieces Can Minimize Possible Risks From Cellphones, Experts Say

Advice follows warning that microwave radiation from the devices a possible carcinogen

5/31/2011
Cell Phones May Cause Brain Cancer, WHO Experts Say

World Health Organization now classifies the devices as 'possibly carcinogenic to humans'

5/29/2011
Fatal Black Bear Attacks Rare But Rising

Data reveals human population growth is accompanied by an increase in deadly bear attacks

5/24/2011
Twin Cities Take Top Ranking for Healthy Living

Fitness index finds residents are exercising more, smoking less than those in other U.S. cities

5/23/2011
Researchers Find Cousin of Hepatitis C Virus in Dogs

Might lead to better understanding and treatment of human version of the disease

5/20/2011
Driving Skills Do Ebb With Age: Study

Waning mental functions linked to errors, but some older drivers do just fine, experts say

5/20/2011
Are All Those Handshakes at Graduation Hazardous to Your Health?

No, say researchers who found only harmless bacteria on students' hands in 93% of cases

5/12/2011
Early HIV Drug Therapy Protects Sex Partners From Virus

Infection rate fell by 96% if infected individual took antiretroviral meds sooner rather than later, study found

5/11/2011
Scientists Find MRSA Germ in Supermarket Meats

Contamination with antibiotic-resistant bacteria probably from humans handling meat

5/5/2011
Cardiac Arrest Less Deadly in Exercise Facilities, Study Finds

50% of victims survived, compared with 36% in other indoor public places

4/29/2011
Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs on Saturday

DEA is encouraging Americans to safely get rid of meds that might otherwise be misused

4/28/2011
Injuries Among Older Workers on the Rise: CDC

Falls are the most common causes of mishaps

4/27/2011
Anxiety's on the Menu for People With Food Allergies

Study finds many restaurant workers uninformed about allergens in food, heightening fears

4/25/2011
Pediatricians Urge Better Protection From Chemicals

Children, pregnant women inadequately safeguarded from hazardous compounds, experts say

4/21/2011
Smoke-Free Laws Moving Ahead in U.S.

Government report finds half the states have enacted restrictions in workplaces, bars and restaurants

4/19/2011
Motorcycle Deaths Drop for Second Straight Year: Report

2 percent decline in 2010 comes on the heels of a 16 percent decline in 2009

4/15/2011
Drug-Resistant Staph Bacteria Found in Meat, Poultry Nationwide

Exactly what this means in terms of consumer risk still unclear

4/14/2011
Suicide Rates Rise and Fall With the Economy: CDC

Working-age people are at highest risk during recession, researchers say

4/13/2011
Experts Call for Twist on Football Helmet Design

Aim would be for a redesign to better prevent brain bleeding

4/12/2011
Japanese Radiation Called No Threat to North American Fish Fans

Radioisotopes diluted by vast Pacific, and U.S. imports 1% of its fish from Japan, scientists say

4/11/2011
Doctors Often Wouldn't Follow Their Own Advice: Study

When it came to their own well-being, large percentage chose a different option, research shows

4/7/2011
Report: Hospital Errors May Be Far More Common Than Suspected

New tracking system uncovers 10 times as many medical mistakes

4/7/2011
Travelers Bringing Measles Back to U.S., CDC Says

Agency reports 7 cases in babies during first two months of 2011

4/6/2011
Toll of Deepwater Oil Spill on Human Health Still Unknown

Review notes late start on national study means data on initial exposure missing

4/1/2011
Do At-Home Genetic Tests Tell Too Much and Explain Too Little?

Experts say field is in its infancy and consumers should seek professional opinions on results

3/31/2011
Despite Radiation in Japan, Little Shift in Americans' Views on Nuke Power: Poll

Many respondents acknowledge health concerns, but believe plants can be made safer

3/31/2011
Levels of Radiation in Wash. State Milk No Threat to Health: FDA

In joint statement with EPA, agency says iodine-131 levels fall far below levels thought unsafe