Safety and Public Health News

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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

5/24/2016
No Welcome Mats for Diabetes, Obesity in 'Walkable' Neighborhoods

Urban design can play a role in public health, experts suggest

5/20/2016
Cases of Pregnant U.S. Women With Zika Triple Under New Counting Method

Two registries will track those who show lab evidence of infection, whether or not they ever had symptoms

5/19/2016
Sex, Breast Milk May Have Helped Spread Ebola in Africa

However, most cases were transmitted by everyday close contact, researchers say

5/12/2016
Why Texting While Driving Can Be So Hazardous

It short-circuits brain's 'sixth sense' that helps drivers stay on course, researchers say

5/10/2016
Pot-Linked Fatal Car Crashes Doubled in One State After Legalization

Experts say Washington state's experience could be a lesson for rest of country

5/6/2016
Portable Zika Test Shows Promise in Monkeys

Easy-to-use screening would benefit doctors working miles from hospital, researchers say

5/4/2016
Bacteria Experiment May Point Way to Slow Zika's Spread

Infecting mosquitoes led to lower, inactive levels of virus in their bodies, saliva

5/4/2016
4 Ways You Can Cut Smog in Your Town

EPA offers practical advice, including setting air conditioning to a higher temperature

5/4/2016
Emergency Surgery Risky Business in Poor Countries

Study points to need to address disparities in care

5/4/2016
Medical Errors: A Hidden Killer

Study claims they're the 3rd leading cause of U.S. deaths, but CDC doesn't track such data

5/3/2016
Radon in the Home May Be Linked to Blood Cancers in Women

Study found no connection with men, further research is needed

5/3/2016
Too Many People Still Take Unneeded Antibiotics: Study

1 in 3 prescriptions was unnecessary

5/2/2016
Even in Taxis, Kids Belong in Safety Seats

But study finds only 11 percent of children were properly restrained

4/29/2016
Officials Report First Zika Death in Puerto Rico

The victim was a 70-year-old man

4/29/2016
Heat Beats Cold for Treating Jellyfish Stings

Evidence favors hot water or hot packs to ease pain

4/27/2016
Skateboarding Mishaps Send 176 U.S. Kids to ERs Every Day

Protective gear is essential for preventing injuries, experts say

4/25/2016
Bed Bugs Drawn to Red and Black Colors

Critters strongly prefer those bedroom hues to green and yellow, study found

4/23/2016
Swim Safely This Summer

Use life jackets when needed, supervise kids at all times, American Red Cross says

4/22/2016
Let Safety Bloom in Your Garden This Season

There are ways to shield yourself from bug bites, excess sun and other backyard hazards, experts say

4/20/2016
Laser Pointers Probably Won't Damage Pilots' Eyes …

… But distraction is capable of causing disaster, experts say

4/15/2016
To Be a Safe Boater, Be a Smart Boater

Experts offer tips on how to enjoy the water without risking injury

4/15/2016
The ABCs of Safe BBQing

National Fire Protection Association offers tips for outdoor cooking