Safety and Public Health News

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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

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