Safety and Public Health News

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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

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