Safety and Public Health News

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4/13/2016
Fighting Back, Bedbugs Grow a Thicker Skin

It helps protect against pesticides and may explain why population is growing worldwide, scientists suggest

4/11/2016
ER Screenings Could Help Prevent Suicide: Study

Checking patients for risk factors should be part of routine ER care, researcher says

4/5/2016
Most Americans Want to Learn How to Help Those Injured in Disasters

Poll found many would assist in stopping bleeding if shootings, accidents occurred

4/1/2016
CDC Zika Summit Details Plans to Fight Mosquito-Borne Illness

The primary concern is potential for birth defects, officials say

3/31/2016
Clues to Zika Virus' Structure May Point to Weaknesses

Scientists say insights could further research into vaccine, treatments

3/31/2016
'Listeria on Rye'? Many U.S. Deli Meat Slicers Cut Corners on Cleanliness

Cross-country survey by CDC finds untimely meat slicer cleaning, which could sicken you

3/30/2016
Is Your Doctor Trustworthy? Past Records Tough to Find, Experts Say

Consumer Reports survey shows patients think they should be told, but the information just isn't really public

3/29/2016
Stay Safe in the Water This Spring Break

Vigilance at the beach is key, especially for young children, expert says

3/25/2016
ER Docs Only Ask Half of Suicidal Patients About Guns, Study Shows

Finding points to missed chances to intervene before it's too late, researcher says

3/17/2016
Neighborhood Rats as Depressing as Crime, Study Finds

Research suggests rodent infestations are 'underappreciated' stressor

3/9/2016
Be Wary of Imported Supplements: FDA

Officials say scammers often target groups that don't speak English, have limited access to health care

3/9/2016
Health Care Apps Often Offer Little Privacy Protection: Study

Many have no policies, and may share data with third parties, researchers say

3/3/2016
Lawn Mowers Can Cause Severe Injuries to Kids

Study found that more than half of accidents required amputation

2/29/2016
Risk of Getting Ebola From Survivors Seems Low, Study Finds

However, sexual contact still carries some danger of transmission months after patient has recovered

2/26/2016
Graphic Cigarette Warnings May Target Brain's 'Quit Centers'

Areas linked to emotions, decision-making and memory are triggered, researchers suggest

2/25/2016
Monkey Trial Offers Hope for Future Ebola Treatment for Humans

Antibodies from 1995 survivor protected macaques even when given five days after exposure

2/25/2016
Sleeping Pills May Spell Trouble for Older Drivers

Study found risk of crashes more than doubled for those over 80 who used Ambien

2/24/2016
'Pot Tourists' Linked to Surge in Colorado ER Visits

Many out-of-state users overindulge with marijuana, particularly the edible version, researcher says

2/23/2016
Texas Hospitals Develop Rapid Test for Zika Virus Detection

But it will only be available at hospitals that developed it for now, research team says

2/23/2016
CDC Cites 14 Potential New Cases of Zika Transmitted By Sex

Men who've recently traveled to endemic areas should abstain from sex or use a condom, agency says

2/23/2016
Obama Asks Congress for $1.9 Billion to Battle Zika Virus

Money would go toward mosquito-control programs, vaccine development and tests to better spot the virus

2/22/2016
Study Shows Just How Big a Role Cellphones Play in Car Crashes

In-vehicle videos highlight other distractions, such as reading, writing and touchscreen menus on dashboards

2/22/2016
Charlie Sheen's HIV Announcement Sparked Interest in Disease: Study

Internet searches surged after celebrity's disclosure that he has virus that causes AIDS

2/19/2016
Check Newborns of Women Who Visited Zika-Prone Areas for Infection: CDC

Advisory is for babies of any woman who's been in such a locale within 2 weeks of delivery, CDC says

2/18/2016
Finding Suggests Zika Virus Can Move From Mother to Child During Pregnancy

Discovery adds to signs it might have caused thousands of Brazilian babies to be born with birth defect

2/16/2016
Do Benefits of City Gardening Outweigh Risks?

Lead and other soil contaminants aren't a concern for all vegetables, expert contends

2/16/2016
FDA: Wait a Month to Donate Blood After Travel to Zika-Prone Areas

Four weeks is long enough for the virus to pass out of the body, agency says

2/16/2016
Young People More Likely to Text While Driving If Friends Do: Study

Safety campaigns should target social influences involved in distracted driving, researcher says

2/16/2016
In Fight Against Zika Virus, Officials Consider Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

The goal: Sterile males would mate with females that carry the germ suspected of causing birth defects

2/15/2016
WHO: Neurological Disorder on the Rise in Zika Zones

But U.N. health agency says too soon to prove link between Guillain-Barre syndrome and Zika-causing mosquitoes

2/12/2016
5.5 Million Die Early From Air Pollution Worldwide

More than half of these fatalities occur in China and India, research shows

2/12/2016
CDC Offering Zika Virus Tests for Pregnant Women

Two U.S. women who contracted the virus while abroad suffered miscarriages, according to reports

2/11/2016
CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly in Brazil

And two U.S. women who contracted the virus while abroad suffered miscarriages, according to reports

2/10/2016
CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly

Germ found in tissues of 2 Brazilian babies who died from the birth defect marked by undersized heads, brains

2/10/2016
Patient-to-Doctor Spread of Bird Flu Reported in China

But odds are slim that deadly virus will spread easily among people, experts say

2/9/2016
Homemade 'Dewshine' Can Be Deadly

2 teens have already died from toxic mix of soda and racing fuel, expert says

2/9/2016
Eye Defects Seen in Some Babies Born With Zika-Linked Microcephaly

Doctors should check these infants with abnormally small heads for vision problems, researchers say

2/8/2016
White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus

Emergency funds from Congress would combat the global health threat, officials say

2/5/2016
Record Heat, Drought May Explain Zika Outbreak in Brazil: Research

Hot weather can boost mosquito population, drought prompted people to keep water in open containers

2/5/2016
CDC Adds New Zika Warning for Pregnant Women and Their Sex Partners

Women should not have sex while pregnant if male partners have visited or live in Zika-affected areas, agency says

2/3/2016
Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Garden of Life RAW Meal Products: CDC

Consumers shouldn't eat certain Organic Shake & Meal Replacement foods

2/3/2016
Red Cross Takes Steps to Keep Zika Virus Out of Blood Supply

Agency asks potential donors who have traveled to areas where virus is active to wait 28 days

2/2/2016
Texas Health Officials Report Sexually Transmitted Case of Zika Virus

News comes day after WHO declared pathogen a global health threat

2/2/2016
U.S. Gun-Related Murder Rate 25 Times Higher Than Other Nations

Americans face 10-fold greater risk of dying by firearm violence, study finds

2/2/2016
For Super Bowl Fans, Flu Can Be an Unwanted Catch

Study finds spike in deaths among seniors who live in areas with teams in the game

2/1/2016
WHO: Zika Virus an International Health Threat

Virus suspected of causing birth defects could lead to 4 million cases in Americas in next year, agency says

1/29/2016
FDA Warns of Lead Poisoning Risk From Cosmetic Clay

Agency tells users of Bentonite Me Baby to stop using product, get checked by their doctor

1/29/2016
U.S. Weighs Changes to Blood Donations in Response to Zika Virus Outbreak

Temporary ban might be imposed on travelers returning from countries where the virus has taken hold

1/28/2016
Zika Vaccine Efforts Get Boost From Prior Research

U.S. health officials say valuable lessons were learned during battles against other mosquito-borne viruses

1/27/2016
CDC Broadens Zika Virus Travel Alert for Pregnant Women

U.S. agency says those at risk should avoid U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic