Safety and Public Health News

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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

7/17/2016
Some Tree Trimming Best Left to the Pros

For instance, only trained professionals should work near power lines, experts say

7/15/2016
Play 'Pokemon Go' Without Landing in the ER

Distracted walking a growing threat as players pursue virtual monsters in smartphone game

7/14/2016
Road Rage Rampant in America

8 of 10 drivers admit to anger, aggression when behind the wheel

7/14/2016
Is Swimming Safe in Areas With the Freshwater 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba?

No need to avoid lakes and rivers -- disease experts say infection is exceedingly rare

7/12/2016
Watch Where Pokemon Go Leads You

Unforeseen injuries, even robberies can imperil the quest, experts say

7/11/2016
2nd U.S. Case of Bacteria Resistant to Last-Resort Antibiotic

Scientists concerned it could lead to more drug-resistant germs

7/11/2016
Many Adults Use Antibiotics Without Consulting Doctor, Survey Finds

1 in 20 holds onto and uses old, leftover meds, contributing to danger of drug-resistant germs

7/11/2016
Are Blood Transfusions From Younger or Female Donors Riskier?

Study found lower survival rates among recipients, but didn't prove cause-and-effect

7/8/2016
London's Great Smog of 1952 Linked to Asthma Surge

Finding may have implications for cities dealing with air pollution today, researcher says

7/6/2016
U.S. Car Crash Deaths Down, But Still Surpass Other Nations

Decline of 31 percent lowest among 20 countries studied

7/6/2016
4 in 10 Popular Sunscreens Don't Meet Sun Safety Standards: Study

Biggest problem with products was lack of resistance to sweat or water

7/3/2016
1 in 3 Hospitals in Developing World Lack Running Water

Clean water essential for surgeries, hygiene, infection control, researchers say

7/2/2016
Heat Waves Are Health Threats

Drink plenty of water and use air conditioners or fans, doctor advises

7/1/2016
Handle Fireworks With Care on the Fourth

Take steps to avoid injury while celebrating independence

6/30/2016
Malaria Vaccine Protection Short-Lived in Young Children

Kids in study were given 3 doses, but manufacturer now says 4 doses needed

6/29/2016
Stay Alert for Child Drowning Dangers This Summer

More than half of victims are under 5, but older kids and teens still at risk

6/28/2016
Boston's Subways Packed With Germs

But the transit system's tiniest commuters aren't the type to make you sick, study says

6/23/2016
Guidelines Stop Heat Stroke Deaths in High School Athletes

Protocols help get students used to the heat during preseason practice

6/22/2016
Australia's Gun Laws Silence Mass Shooters

20 years have passed since the last incident where 5 or more people were killed by gunfire in that country

6/20/2016
No Amount of Lead Is Safe for Kids

American Academy of Pediatrics calls for stronger regulations and new laws to protect children

6/16/2016
CDC Reports Six Cases of Birth Defects Caused by Zika

Three babies born with defects, while three pregnancies were lost or ended due to brain damage caused by virus

6/15/2016
Timing of Zika Infection in Pregnancy May Be Key to Birth Defect Risk

Colombian study found no cases of microcephaly when infection occurred in 3rd trimester

6/10/2016
Strategies That Work to Help Prevent Suicides

Measures include physical barriers and selling fewer pills at once, experts say

6/10/2016
Couples Living in Zika Areas Should Delay Pregnancy, WHO Advises

Agency acknowledges it's the only sure way to avoid having babies born with severe brain defect

6/2/2016
Zika Threat Calls for Extra Mosquito Protection This Summer

Experts offer tips on how to avoid infection

6/1/2016
Girl With Zika Birth Defect Born at New Jersey Hospital

The mother was apparently infected in her home country of Honduras, reports indicate

5/31/2016
Zika Infections Through Sex More Common Than Thought: WHO

Women planning to become pregnant should wait 8 weeks if they or partner live in areas where infections are occurring

5/28/2016
Don't Let Bad Food Spoil a Good Barbecue

Keep the fun going by cooking foods to the right temperatures