Health

Sebelius steps down as HHS head

Obama nominates her replacement
April 11, 2014

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation today, after serving in the Cabinet since 2009. President Obama nominated budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwel to replace.


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“Frankenfood” fight playing out on state, city levels

Albuquerque latest city to consider bill to require labeling of genetically engineered foods
April 10, 2014

Concern over the potential health and environmental risks of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) has led to more than 20 states and a number of cities making legislative efforts to require greater transparency so that consumers can make informed food choices.


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Calls to poison centers about e-cigarettes rise dramatically

New CDC study finds more than half involve young children
April 8, 2014

The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine jumped from one per month in September, 2010 to 215 per month in February, 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


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Public health

One third of skilled nursing patients harmed in treatment

A study by Medicare’s inspector general of skilled nursing facilities says nearly 22,000 patients were injured and more than 1,500 died in a single month — a higher rate of medical errors than hospitals
April 4, 2014

One-in-three patients in skilled nursing facilities suffered a medication error, infection or some other type of harm related to their treatment, according to a government report released today that underscores the widespread nature of the country’s patient harm problem.


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Vision problems in the U.S.

April 4, 2014

Prevalence of Adult Vision Impairment and Age-Related Eye Disease in the United States: Estimated Number of Cases by Vision Problem Age ≥ 40.


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E-cigarettes not proving helpful for smoking cessation

April 3, 2014

Although electronic cigarettes are being aggressively promoted as tools that can help people quit smoking, scientific studies are not bearing that out. A report published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine noted that the effectivenss of e-cigarettes (or electronic nicotine delivery systems) in smoking cessation efforts has been “unconvincing” in studies conducted so far.


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Where you live doesn’t affect whether or not you get allergies – just which ones

Study counters notion of allergy-free zones in U.S.
April 2, 2014

In the largest, most comprehensive, nationwide study to examine the prevalence of allergies from early childhood to old age, scientists from the National Institutes of Health report that allergy prevalence is the same across different regions of the United States, except in children 5 years and younger.


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AEDs and liability risks

April 1, 2014
Workplaces yet to implement AED programs may point to liability risks associated with a potential failed rescue. However, a case now in the California Supreme Court points to what can happen if an organization doesn’t have AEDs.


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De-stress from heat stress: Train your team on hazards and prevention

April 1, 2014
In the workplace, heat exposure can quickly become your number one enemy, leading to dangerous stress disorders.


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Stick it to skin disease: Tips for protection against hazards

April 1, 2014
Skin diseases are one of the most common forms of occupational diseases in the U.S.


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