Safety and Public Health News

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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

8/29/2016
FDA Recommends All Blood Donations Be Tested for Zika

Updated guidance provides further protection for U.S. blood supply

8/24/2016
Cheap Face Masks Little Help Against Air Pollutants

Scientists say close-fitting surgical styles are a better alternative

8/23/2016
Climate Change May Prolong Smog Season in Southeast U.S.

Air quality is becoming more sensitive to the effects of extreme weather, new study finds

8/22/2016
Food, Even Water Can Spoil When the Power Goes Out

A few precautions will help prevent contamination that can make you sick, CDC says

8/19/2016
Kitchen Cooking Burns a Real Danger for Kids

Establish a 'no kid' zone in part of your kitchen to keep little ones safe

8/17/2016
Child Dies in Hot Car Almost Once a Week

Safe Kids Worldwide says little ones' bodies heat up much faster than adults

8/17/2016
2 Kids an Hour Hurt in Strollers, Infant Carriers

About one-third of these were more serious injuries, study finds

8/13/2016
Taking a Bike Ride? Don't Forget Your Helmet

Wearing the right head gear will dramatically reduce your risk of serious injury or even death

8/11/2016
How to Get Your Child Ready for a Successful School Year

Good sleep, ample exercise and sound nutrition are keys, doctor says

8/10/2016
Drivers Take Care! Kids Are Heading Back to School

The hours just before and after school are most dangerous for young pedestrians

8/9/2016
6 Million Americans Drink Water Tainted With Toxic Chemicals: Report

Many systems contain high levels of PFASs, which are linked to cancer, other health issues, study says

8/8/2016
Flint Water Crisis Taking High Toll on Health, Productivity

Michigan city accounted for 5 percent of lead poisonings nationwide in 2014-2015, researcher says

8/8/2016
Climate Change May Bring More Tainted Shellfish to Northern Seas

Study finds rise in dangerous bacteria could make swimming more hazardous, too

7/28/2016
Is It Flu, or Is It Valley Fever?

Potentially fatal infection is found in Southwest U.S. and is often misdiagnosed, specialists say

7/27/2016
E-Cig Liquid Nicotine Containers Often Mislabeled

Also, many aren't child-resistant, which poses a risk to youngsters

7/27/2016
E-Cigarettes Emit Toxic Vapors: Study

Levels depend on type and age of device, and they increase as it heats up

7/26/2016
'Heat Dome' Not Budging Until Week's End

Eastern part of country still in its grip; experts offer safety advice

7/25/2016
'Heat Dome' Contines to Scorch Much of U.S.

Eastern part of country still in its grip; experts offer safety advice

7/23/2016
How to Keep Bug Bites at Bay

CDC offers advice on thwarting disease-carrying insects

7/22/2016
Don't Let Your Campfire Become a Wildfire

Simple steps can help you enjoy outdoor cooking while protecting the forest

7/22/2016
'Heat Dome' Heats Up United States

Much of the country to be under its scorching influence by the weekend; experts offer safety tips

7/21/2016
3 in 4 Youngsters Exposed to Laundry Pod Detergent Suffer Poisoning

Hospitalizations 4 times more common with pods compared to other detergents, study finds

7/21/2016
Chickens Make Malaria Mosquitoes Fly the Coop

Sleeping with a feathered friend nearby may keep some biting bugs at bay, researchers find

7/21/2016
Much-Maligned Pigeon May Be a Lead Detective

Researchers find these urban nuisances might aid in monitoring human health hazards