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Winter weather brings with it plenty of hazards, including risks from carbon monoxide poisoning, and fires.

But the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers suggestions for staying safe on those cold winter nights.

When storms knock out power...

If you've ever left a medical appointment confused, it's probably not you: A new study finds that the medical jargon doctors use can be completely misunderstood by patients.

Common medical lingo that makes perfect sense to doctors often gets lost in translation when conveyed to laypeople, the new research found. It turns out that many people mistakenly believe it's good news if a tum...

Once a year, giant motorcycle rallies ride into places like Daytona Beach, Fla., and Sturgis, S.D., bringing hundreds of thousands of people, an economic boost -- and a wave of crash-related deaths.

That means more organs available for donation and the need to be prepared, according to a

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 29, 2022
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  • It’s not too late to get the latest COVID-19 booster shot.

    Whether it’s the bivalent vaccine from drug maker Pfizer or from Moderna, the shots offer more protection against symptomatic infection, public health officials reiterated at a White House briefing on Tuesday.

    However, since the vaccines debuted in September, only 13% of American adults have gotten the updated boosters...

    The whole family — even the youngest members — can take part in Thanksgiving’s hours of food preparation by following some safety tips.

    The nation’s leading pediatrics organization offers some holiday advice for families with young children.

    “There’s a lot of excitement and joy surrounding meal preparation at this time of year, but it also can be stressful,” said

    Research in wild bats is reinforcing a notion crucial to stopping future pandemics: When wildlife populations stay healthy, the odds of "crossover" viruses infecting humans subsides.

    In Australia, deforestation has caused a deadly respiratory virus to pass from fruit bats to humans, by forcing the two species into closer contact, a

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 22, 2022
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  • A happy holiday can go sour quickly when food poisoning joins the party.

    Experts from Rutgers New Jersey Poison Control Center offer some tips on safely thawing, preparing and storing food, as well as avoiding issues with alcohol and drugs.

    “Forgetting about food safety is a recipe for disaster,” said Diane...

    Americans are more likely to carry a loaded handgun than ever before: New research finds about twice as many adults carried in 2019 as did in 2015.

    “Between increases in the number of people who own handguns and the number of people who carry every day, there has been a striking increase in handgun carrying in the U.S.,” said lead study author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 21, 2022
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  • Guns cause more than half of all suicides in the United States each year, and new research finds most of these are handguns owned by the deceased that were stored unlocked and loaded.

    Researchers used data from the National Violent Death Reporting System to examine the deaths of more than 117,000 people who killed themselves with guns between 2003 and 2018.

    "These results highlight ...

    It might be tempting to buy prescription medication online, but buyers should beware, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

    While some pharmacy websites operate legally and can offer convenience, privacy and lower costs, others may be selling unapproved, counterfeit and unsafe medications, the

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 18, 2022
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  • Hurricane Nicole left thousands of Floridians without power Thursday morning, leading the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to warn residents about the dangers of generators and candles.

    The Category 1 hurricane made landfall south of Vero Beach on the East Coast and was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm. It was expected to d...

    Heat waves may be killing prisoners in Texas, according to an analysis that found far-higher-than-normal death rates in the state's non-air-conditioned prisons.

    “The majority of Texas prisons do not have universal air conditioning,” noted lead study author Julie Skarha. “And in these...

    When you set your clocks back on Sunday, do some simple at-home safety checks that could save your life.

    Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to be sure they're working. This is also a good time to replace their batteries.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends replacing batteries once a...

    Years of litigation over the opioid epidemic could end soon, as the national pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens announced Wednesday that each company has agreed to a nearly $5 billion settlement.

    While neither of the companies admitted wrongdoing, the settlements are part of the fight over the drug industry’s role in the epidemic that has led to 500,000 U.S. deaths in the past 20 years,...

    While monkeypox cases are declining in the United States, a new government report shows that patients with weakened immune systems, especially those living with HIV, have been hit particularly hard by the virus.

    Even after taking antiviral medication for monkeypox, those with untreated HIV were more ...

    MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) – About 88 nursing homes in the United States are on a watch list for worrisome care that puts residents in danger, but now they will face tougher penalties for any future violation.

    Those tougher penalties could include the lo...

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health is investigating COVID experiments at Boston University that have sparked a media firestorm, with some news outlets alleging that scientists created a "killer" strain of the coronavirus as part of their research.

    Boston University is refuting those news accounts, calling them a "false and inaccurate" interpretation of its research.

    "They've sen...

    Florida residents dealing with the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Ian now need to be concerned about a spike in flesh-eating bacteria cases, health officials warned.

    "The Florida Department of Health in Lee County is observing an abnormal increase in cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections as a result of exposure...

    Aggressive measures are needed in the world's tropical regions to prevent the inevitable next global pandemic, an international coalition of researchers has concluded.

    Epidemics around the world have largely been driven by viruses that spill over from wild animals into humans, mainly in tropical hot ...

    A new study is sounding the alarm about the addition of antihistamines to street forms of opioids — and how they might make a fatal overdose more likely.

    The prime drug in question is diphenhydramine, found commonly in over-the-counter allergy meds such as Benadryl.

    Because

    Do the majority of Americans want government to make sure the products they buy are free of harmful chemicals?

    Yes, a new survey shows, and they are even willing to pay more to get that assurance of safety.

    “At a time when most issues are politically polarized, the issue of keeping people ...

    With the growing popularity of electric scooters, the number of kids injured while riding them has jumped dramatically, a new study finds.

    Moreover, those injuries have become more ...

    While the United States has recently ordered a $290 million supply of a drug meant to treat radiation sickness, federal health officials say that's not cause for alarm.

    It's coincidental that the order of

  • By Cara Murez and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • October 10, 2022
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  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a major step to curb the largest remaining source of airborne lead pollution.

    The agency has proposed a so-called endangerment finding that aircraft that use leaded fuel cause or contribute to

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 7, 2022
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  • Firearm sales in the United States broke records at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Now, researchers have found that firearm injuries to children also increased during the pandemic's first two years compared to the preceding year.

    A new study has found no evidence that COVID-19 shots increase the incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome, according to researchers.

    "This is important because we can say that there is no significant increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome in the population," said study ...

    How can you make your home safer for your young children? You might want to start by removing window coverings with cords that could strangle a toddler.

    "Young children can quickly and silently become strangled on pull cords, conti...

    The global public health community should be on the alert for a family of viruses in African monkeys that have the potential to spill over to humans, researchers warn.

    In their new study, the scientists noted that while it's not certain what impact these viruses might have on humans, there are troubling parallels to

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 4, 2022
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  • The U.S. government will invest $266 million to shore up the community and public health workforce using American Rescue Plan funding.

    About $225.5 million will go to 83 recipients to support training and apprenticeship for 13,000 new community health workers, CNN reported before Friday's announcement...

    The devastation left by one of the strongest hurricanes to hit Florida in years is immense. But residents flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Ian must be cautious when they return, federal experts warn.

    First off, always assume there's potential risk from electricity or gas leaks, say experts at the U.S. Cent...

    As Hurricane Ian slams Florida, a new study finds that many hospitals positioned near the Gulf and East Coasts are vulnerable to severe flooding from such storms.

    Ian struck the West Coast of Florida Wednesday and careened toward the East Coast. It's then expected to veer north.

    Researchers found that even relatively weak hurricanes pose a serious threat of flooding to hospitals alo...

    As Florida and nearby states brace for the potential impact of Hurricane Ian, residents in the storm's path should also think about the hazards they may face in its aftermath.

    If high winds take out your electricity, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers tips for staying safe.

    First, be cautious about using a generator. The carbon monoxide (CO) from a porta...

    Five years back, “Nugget” the Jack-A-Poo was in serious need of some tender loving veterinary care.

    “He needed vaccinations and a few other things,” Seattle native Grace Stroklund recalled of her sidekick, a Jack Russell Terrier/Toy Poodle mix. “But I was just not in the wheelhouse financially to do any of that.”

    At 23, Stroklund was struggling with her own challenges. H...

    Pediatric surgeon Dr. Rony Marwan has seen way too many kids who have been seriously injured in all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents.

    "My kids are not allowed to ride in ATVs because of the horrific things I have seen," said Marwan, ...

    Consumers should immediately stop using HECOPRO digital display carbon monoxide (CO) detectors because they can fail to warn about the presence of the dangerous gas, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said.

    The CPSC issued the warning Thursday after detectors sold on Amazon.com failed tests with a CO concentration of 400 ppm, in violation of safety standards.

    At sus...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning patients who use a particular insulin pump system that unauthorized people could access it and change how much insulin a patient receives.

    The pump at the center of the FDA alert is the Medtronic MiniMed 600 Series Insulin Pump S...

    Nitazenes: You've probably never heard of these highly toxic drugs, and neither have many Americans who abuse opioid street drugs.

    That lack of awareness could prove deadly, experts warn, because nitazenes are increasingly being added into heroin and ...

    Monkeypox cases continue to fall in the United States, but public health officials now are concerned that the virus is wending its way into communities of color.

    New case numbers are down by nearly half since early August, White House monkeypox response coordinator Bob Fenton said in a Thursday media briefing....

    Monkeypox was the cause of death in a Los Angeles County adult last week, public health officials confirmed Tuesday.

    This is the first known death from monkeypox to be reported in the United States.

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 13, 2022
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  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has declared a state emergency after finding evidence of continued community spread of poliovirus.

    Public health officials have detected the virus in a fourth county, Nassau in Long Island, which follows cases detected in Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties.

    That sample was...

    New federal safety standards announced Wednesday aim to keep kids and teens safe from serious or life-threatening injuries from accidental swallowing of high-powered magnets.

    The new standards require that certain products with loose or separable magnets contain only those that are weak or too large to swallow.

    The aim is to reduce injuries that can occur when swallowed magnets att...

    While researchers explore the possibilities of COVID-19 vaccines that don't require an injection, public health officials in India and China have already each approved new needle-free versions for their citizens.

    In India, regulators on Tuesday

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 7, 2022
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  • A new report reveals a hidden secret about the nation's beautiful rural roads: They're too often fatal for motorists.

    Nearly half of all U.S. crashes happen on rural roads, despite only 19% of Americans living in those areas. The report, conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), details why and what can be done to prevent these fatal crashes.

    “Roads are the b...

    While the number of Americans with known monkeypox infections is dropping, that may signal what's happening in big cities, experts say.

    It is not the end of the outbreak, they warn.

    Cases are down about 40% in the United States, an NBC News analysis finds. The seven-day avera...

    Many teenagers have a hard time discerning between accurate health messages and “fake news," a new study finds.

    Presented with a choice between fake and true health messages, about two in five teenagers considered both messages equally trustworthy, researchers found...

    A total of 97 people across six states have now been made ill by E. coli, in an outbreak possibly tied to contaminated lettuce used in sandwiches sold at Wendy's restaurants.

    "Since the last update on August 25, 2022, 13 more illnesses have been reported to CDC," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and P...

    Yes, you can get monkeypox at the gym, but there's no need to panic, one expert says.

    “We have plenty of ways to protect ourselves in this setting,” said Dr. Thomas Giordano, ...

    Munching handfuls of microwave popcorn might be perfect for movie night, but your snack could be loading your body with potentially harmful "forever chemicals," experts warn.

    Many microwave popcorn bags are lined with

    In Washington state, 22 wildlife bridges and underpasses provide animals with a safe way through to search for food or escape predators and wildfires.

    It turns out the crossings have been benefiting humans, too.

    In a 10-mile radius around wildlife crossings, there are between one and three fewer collisions a year between vehicles and animals, a

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 31, 2022
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  • Customers who bought a bestselling mattress sold on Amazon and at retailers nationwide are suing the manufacturer amid claims that fiberglass fibers in the product have damaged their health.

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