Safety and Public Health News

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12/22/2016
Many Ignore Fire Safety at Home, Survey Reveals

Holiday activities can put families in jeopardy, children's hospital warns

12/22/2016
How to Ship Food Gifts Without Risk

Even foods that are smoked, cured or fully cooked should be kept cold, experts advise

12/20/2016
Safety First When Stringing Holiday Lights

Putting lights on a metallic tree is an electrical hazard, experts warn

12/18/2016
If You're Dashing Through the Snow to a Holiday Gathering…

Red Cross offers tips for getting to your destination safely

12/15/2016
Polar Vortex Tightens Grip on U.S.

Doctor offers precautions against hypothermia; go easy when shoveling snow

12/13/2016
Polar Vortex Takes Aim at U.S.

Doctor offers precautions against hypothermia; go easy when shoveling snow

12/13/2016
Emergency Surgery Riskier for Kids in Poorer Countries

Seven times more likely to die within 30 days of abdominal procedures for appendicitis, hernias, study finds

12/10/2016
When Buying a Christmas Tree, Think Safety First

Dry trees are a fire hazard, so pick a fresh one and keep it watered, doctors' group advises

12/7/2016
Best Way to Beat Back Zika a Matter of Debate

Analysis found conflicting evidence on which mosquito-control method worked best

12/7/2016
Expect More Record-Breaking Heat in U.S., Scientists Warn

15 hottest-ever days predicted for every record low if greenhouse gas emissions don't decline

12/6/2016
Patient Safety May Drop During Doc Rotations

Study suggests patient care info might not be relayed to new team, boosting risk of in-hospital death

11/29/2016
ATV Accidents Can Cause Serious Chest Injuries in Kids

Rollovers and heavier vehicles are some likely reasons why, study shows

11/24/2016
Consider Eye Safety When Choosing Kids' Toys

As holiday shopping season kicks off, here are tips on buying toys and sports-related items

11/16/2016
Is Your ATM Dispensing Bacteria?

Study in New York City found most of the germs came from human skin, food

11/15/2016
Some Ebola Infections May Be Symptomless

Findings suggest impact of virus during recent outbreak may have been underestimated

11/8/2016
U.S. Doctors Don't All Follow Prediabetes Screening Guidelines: Study

They split 50-50, survey shows, on advice aimed at preventing full-blown diabetes

11/8/2016
Do Your Part to Stop Spreading Colds and Flu

When you're sick, stay home, health officials urge

11/1/2016
Robotic Surgical Tools Tough to Keep Clean

Findings suggest better cleaning procedures, more monitoring of instruments would help

11/1/2016
Food Labels on Potential Allergens May Confuse Shoppers

Misunderstanding warnings could be dangerous for those with food allergies, researcher says

10/31/2016
Opioid Overdoses Have Nearly Tripled Among Kids, Teens

Younger children 'eating them like candy,' while teens overdose while trying to get high, researcher says

10/29/2016
Alcohol, Drugs a Poor Halloween Mix

When you're under the influence, carving pumpkins and other holiday fun can lead to injury, doctor warns

10/24/2016
Old Blood as Good as New for Transfusions, Study Finds

Little difference seen in patient survival rates

10/21/2016
Tips for Keeping Halloween Safe and Fun

Bobbing for apples, trick-or-treating can expose kids to potential hazards, health experts say

10/21/2016
State Laws May Be Key to Lowering Kids' Car Crash Deaths

Study found more accidents happened in states with less stringent safe-driving regulations

10/20/2016
Some Mexican Ceramics Can Serve Up Lead Poisoning

Canadian woman's illness highlights danger from glazes with high lead levels, doctors say

10/15/2016
11 Ways to Stay Safe When Doing Risky Tree Work

For starters, always assume nearby power lines are energized and take precautions

10/13/2016
Global Efforts to Combat TB Epidemic Falling Short

Many people still lack access to effective diagnosis and treatments, WHO report shows

10/12/2016
How to Guard Against Deadly Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Start by installing detectors on every floor of your home, and know what to do if they sound

10/8/2016
Like People, Power Tools Need Checkups

Electrical cords should be free of cracks or cuts, safety experts advise

10/6/2016
Don't Let the Change of Seasons Put You at Risk

Editors of Farmers Almanac say fall's shorter days, fickle weather can bring unwelcome surprises

10/4/2016
Fall Weather Can Be Tricky to Navigate

Changeable conditions range from hurricanes to flooding, even snow

10/1/2016
Scare Up Some Halloween Safety

Teach kids not to look at phone while walking, and to make eye contact with drivers when crossing street

9/28/2016
Homeless, Mentally Ill Youth Benefit From Housing Program

Over two years, they had a more stable living situation, researchers report

9/28/2016
Secondhand Smoke More Insidious Than Thought

Nonsmokers can be exposed without knowing it, suffer health risks, researchers say

9/27/2016
Common Culex Mosquitoes Don't Transmit Zika Virus: Study

These widespread insects do spread West Nile virus and Japanese encephalitis though, researchers say

9/26/2016
Smart City Planning Can Cut Deadly Diseases, Improve Air Quality

Study found big benefit in limiting urban sprawl, encouraging walking and biking

9/23/2016
Drug-Resistant Germs Thrive in America's Corroding Water Systems

Bacteria found in plumbing may sicken thousands each year, study suggests

9/20/2016
Another Mosquito-Borne Virus Moves North From the Amazon

Mayaro virus is spotted for first time in Haiti, and researchers say it's a 'concern'

9/19/2016
CDC: Too Many Antibiotics Still Being Prescribed in U.S.

United Nations to discuss duel problems -- overuse and lack of access

9/13/2016
Pilots on Insulin Therapy Can Safely Fly Commercial Planes: Study

But they must check blood sugar before and during flights, regulations say

9/9/2016
Connecticut Toddler Latest U.S. Case of 'Superbug'

But like 3 other infections reported earlier, it did not spread beyond the original patient

9/2/2016
6th-Century Skeletons Shed Light on Deadly Plague Outbreaks

As plague threat re-emerges, gene studies say same germ also caused Black Death of the 1300s

9/1/2016
Dengue Vaccine Could Make Disease Worse: Study

World Health Organization recommends using it only in places with widespread transmission

9/1/2016
Laser Pointers Can Cause Serious Eye Damage in Kids

Although uncommon, vision impairment from these devices can be permanent, study reports

9/1/2016
Most Americans Don't Want Tobacco on Drug Store Shelves

Even half of current smokers think pharmacies should be tobacco-free

8/31/2016
Patients May Quickly Lose Beneficial Gut Bacteria in the ICU

Increased levels of harmful bacteria boost the risk for hospital-acquired infections, researchers say

8/31/2016
Health Tip: Make Yourself Seen When Exercising in the Dark

Take precautions so you're visible to drivers

8/30/2016
Health Tip: Reading the Label on OTC Medications

Understand what you're reading

8/29/2016
People With Implanted Defibrillators at Higher Car Accident Risk

Danish study finds 51 percent greater odds, but absolute risk of a crash remains low

8/29/2016
3 Drugs Identified to Potentially Fight Zika Virus

But only one is already approved in the United States