Safety and Public Health News

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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

3/24/2011
U.S. Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low, CDC Says

But minorities, those not born in the U.S. and HIV-positive patients still most likely to be affected

3/21/2011
Keep Kids in Rear-Facing Car Seats Until 2, Experts Say

Pediatricians' group says positioning kids longer in this way is safer

3/18/2011
Trace Amounts of Radiation Reach California; No Health Risk, Experts Say

The reason: the radiation dissipates as it travels 5,000 miles from Japan across the Pacific

3/18/2011
Rush to Buy Iodide Pills Unnecessary in U.S., Experts Say

Little, if any, radioactive iodine will reach American shores from Japan, they insist

3/17/2011
Not Even Experts Agree on Safety of Airport Scanners

Whether benefit exceeds risk for those that emit radiation sparks debate

3/16/2011
When Nurse Staffing Drops, Mortality Rates Rise: Study

Experts say finding shows clear link to patient safety

3/16/2011
EPA Proposes Tougher Air Pollution Rules for Power Plants

Guidelines could prevent 120,000 cases of childhood asthma and thousands of deaths, heart attacks yearly, agency says

3/16/2011
Herbal Derivative Wins Praise as Malaria Treatment

Experts in tropical medicine say artesunate can save more lives than quinine

3/16/2011
Crossing Street While on Cell Phone Risky for Seniors

Study found this kind of multitasking more dangerous for older adults

3/16/2011
Radiation From Japan's Nuke Disaster Unlikely to Threaten U.S., Experts Say

The reason: the radiation would dissipate as it travels 5,000 miles across the Pacific

3/15/2011
Heavy Smoking Declines in U.S.

Biggest drops in California because of tobacco control programs, researchers say

3/15/2011
Japan's Nuke Disaster Unlikely to Threaten U.S., Experts Say

The reason: radiation would dissipate as it travels 5,000 miles across the Pacific

3/11/2011
Invisible and Odorless, Radon Poses Risks to Lungs

Houses in Midwest and Northeast are especially vulnerable, experts say

3/11/2011
Inspection Can Reveal Whether Radon Problem Exists

If a house touches the ground, it's susceptible, inspector says

3/10/2011
Almost 12 Million Cancer Survivors Living in U.S., Report Shows

Trend largely driven by an aging population, CDC researchers say

3/9/2011
Americans Have Worse Health Than English Peers, Study Finds

This held true from birth to old age, researchers report

3/8/2011
Simply Watching a CPR Video Might Save Lives

Short message gives people confidence to help when someone has heart attack, experts say

3/2/2011
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds

Some 500 untested drugs will be removed from the market, agency said

2/28/2011
Confusion Over Drug Dosing Common for Seniors

Standardized language on labels could simplify things, researchers say

2/24/2011
Medical Groups Warn Of Climate Change's Potential Impact on Health

More asthma, heat waves and microbial disease could result if greenhouse gases aren't curbed

2/24/2011
Plague Kills U.S. Lab Worker

First case in lab work in 50 years reported by government

2/23/2011
Fast Response Crucial in Outbreaks of Food-Borne Illness: Study

Scientists say swift action can contain the problem, limit number of infections

2/22/2011
Cell Phones Affect Areas of the Brain, Study Shows

But experts don't yet know if effect is harmful

2/22/2011
Car Ignition 'Interlocks' Thwart Alcohol-Impaired Drivers

In a review of such programs, CDC found a 67% drop among motorists re-arrested for drunk driving

2/22/2011
Supreme Court Rejects Vaccine-Safety Lawsuit

Says nation's vaccine court is designed to handle such claims

2/21/2011
Simple Tests Can Tell Who Can Drive After Stroke: Study

But several stroke experts say the exams may not be dependable