Hospitals Now Must Screen for Heart Disease in Newborns

Because many congenital heart disease cases are overlooked in the prenatal stages or even in early infancy, a government agency has begun recommending screening newborns for critical congenital cyanotic heart disease (CCCHD). The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children recently announced that there is cause enough to get CCCHD screenings for …

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Patient Safety Awareness Week Emphasizes Awareness

The National Patient Safety Foundation broadened the theme of the 2012 Patient Safety Awareness Week to include everyone at each step of the health care process. “Be aware for safe care” is the theme of 2012’s campaign to raise awareness of safety issues throughout the health care process. This year’s event is from March 4 …

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Railroad Industry Pushes Back Against Safety Regulations

As recent tragic train accidents fade from memory and passenger rail enjoys an upswing in popularity, some groups are trying to delay regulations that are meant to increase rail travel safety. Amtrak’s passenger numbers are up, for example, between Chicago and Milwaukee. Across the country, Amtrak carried a record 30.2 million passengers in 2011. Railroad …

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Employers Can Help Injured Workers Through Workplace Accommodation Programs

Companies working to bring injured employees back to work have a resource in the Job Accommodation Network. The non-profit group has free, confidential advice about disability employment and workplace accommodation issues. By helping employers find creative ways to bring injured employees back into the workforce, JAN saves companies money while helping employees get back to …

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Illinois Cracking Down on Unlicensed Spas and Salons

Members of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation spent a lot of time at the spa in 2011. It was not all about pampering, though. The department was investigating the state’s day spas and salons to make sure visitors had a safe experience, according to an IDFPR press release. Working with local government …

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Safe Driving Campaigns Paying Dividends as Accident Fatality Statistics Drop

Campaigns to warn drivers to be more cautious around commercial vehicles are paying off as 2011 data show traffic fatalities are down in some demographics. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has been leading campaigns since 2007 to improve driver behavior and increase safety on the roads, according to a CVSA press release. CVSA statistics have …

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Consumer Groups Demand Redesign of Dangerous Baby Seat

The Bumbo International Baby Seat is in trouble again. The makers of the Bumbo had to recall the baby seats in 2007 for new labeling because children were falling in the seats from elevated surfaces. The original product’s packaging showed the seat on a raised surface. Many of the more than 30 skull fractures and …

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Distractions Lead to More Pedestrian Injuries and Deaths

Pedestrian injuries and fatalities skyrocketed in 2010 according to new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but no one seems to know why. Road fatalities are dropping in many categories, but pedestrian deaths rose 4.2 percent and pedestrian injuries went up 19 percent over the previous year, according to a December story in …

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