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30 Jun
Safer Roadways Could Save 540,000 Lives a Year Worldwide

Safer Roadways Could Save 540,000 Lives a Year Worldwide

Traffic accidents kill about 1.35 million people around the world each year.

As the United Nations convenes a meeting on global road safety, new research suggests that if nations focused on key safety measures, about 540,000 lives a year could be saved.

"The death ...

15 Jun
Nearly 400 Crashes Tied to Self-Driving, Driver-Assist Technologies Since Last Summer

Nearly 400 Crashes Tied to Self-Driving, Driver-Assist Technologies Since Last Summer

Nearly 400 crashes have been tied to advanced driver-assistance technologies in the past year, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported Wednesday.

Those accidents resulted in six deaths and five people being seriously injured, the agency s...

10 Jun
COVID Testing Requirement Lifted for Travelers Flying to the U.S.

COVID Testing Requirement Lifted for Travelers Flying to the U.S.

A requirement for all international travelers flying to the United States to take a COVID-19 test within a day of departure will be lifted on Sunday, a senior Biden administration official said Friday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined th...

08 May
Traveling Overseas? Follow This Health Checklist

Traveling Overseas? Follow This Health Checklist

As summer approaches, you may be planning a big trip for the first time since the pandemic began -- but be sure to make and follow a health checklist if you are traveling to another country, an expert advises.

That includes going to a

28 Apr
Driver's Ed Does Help Young Drivers Stay Safe

Driver's Ed Does Help Young Drivers Stay Safe

If your teen is itching to get behind the wheel, new research underscores the importance of signing them up for driver's education.

The study found that

22 Apr
U.S. Extends COVID Vaccination Rule for International Travelers at Land Borders

U.S. Extends COVID Vaccination Rule for International Travelers at Land Borders

International travelers who arrive in the United States through land ports or ferry terminals will still need to show they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, U.S. officials said Thursday.

But unlike visitors flying into the country, these travelers will not nee...

22 Apr
Highway Death Toll Warning Signs May Cause More Crashes, Not Less

Highway Death Toll Warning Signs May Cause More Crashes, Not Less

Showing highway death tolls on roadside message boards in a bid to curb crashes may actually cause more accidents, a new study suggests.

That's because they

21 Apr
U.S. Justice Department Appeals Ruling Striking Down Mask Mandate on Planes

U.S. Justice Department Appeals Ruling Striking Down Mask Mandate on Planes

The Biden administration on Wednesday appealed a Florida ruling that struck down a federal mask mandate for planes, trains and other forms of public transportation.

The

19 Apr
Major Airlines Drop Mask Mandate After Federal Judge Rules Against It

Major Airlines Drop Mask Mandate After Federal Judge Rules Against It

Just hours after a Florida judge struck down a federal mask mandate on planes and other forms of public transportation, major airlines announced Monday that they will no longer require face coverings on domestic flights.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (T...

13 Apr
CDC Extends Mask Mandates on Planes, Trains to May 3

CDC Extends Mask Mandates on Planes, Trains to May 3

A federal mask mandate for planes, trains, airports and some bus services that was set to expire in five days will be extended until May 3, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

The spread of the Omicron subvariant

31 Mar
CDC Lifts Warning on Cruise Ship Travel

CDC Lifts Warning on Cruise Ship Travel

A two-year advisory that warned Americans against going on cruises has been dropped by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency first warned Americans against cruise shi...

30 Mar
21 States Sue to Overturn CDC's Public Transport Mask Mandate

21 States Sue to Overturn CDC's Public Transport Mask Mandate

The U.S. government's mask mandate for people on planes, trains, ferries and other modes of public transportation has been challenged in a lawsuit filed by 21 states on Tuesday.

The

25 Mar
Health Experts Support End to Masks, Tests for Air Travel

Health Experts Support End to Masks, Tests for Air Travel

U.S. airline companies want an end to mask and COVID testing rules for air travel -- and many top infectious disease and public health experts agree with them.

The chief executives of the country's largest airlines asked President Joe Biden in a

24 Mar
Airlines Ask Biden to Drop Mask Mandates, COVID Testing

Airlines Ask Biden to Drop Mask Mandates, COVID Testing

As coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths drop across the United States, the chief executives of the country's largest airlines have asked President Joe Biden to let a federal mask mandate at airports and on planes to lapse next month.

Also included in the ...

10 Mar
U.S. Airplane, Train and Transit Mask Mandates Extended to April 18

U.S. Airplane, Train and Transit Mask Mandates Extended to April 18

Mask mandates for airplanes, trains and transit hubs that were set to expire next week will be extended to April 18, the Biden administration is expected to announce Thursday.

Between now and mid-April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will work with o...

23 Feb
COVID Travel Rules to Europe May Be Lifted for Vaccinated

COVID Travel Rules to Europe May Be Lifted for Vaccinated

All testing and quarantine requirements for travelers to European Union member nations should be lifted next month for those who are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, the European Council said Tuesday.

That would include people who received their last dose of t...

22 Feb
Boris Johnson Lifts Last COVID Restrictions in England

Boris Johnson Lifts Last COVID Restrictions in England

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday that his government will end all remaining coronavirus restrictions in England, including the requirement for people with COVID-19 to self-isolate.

In a

01 Feb
People High on Pot Used a Driving Simulator. Here's What Happened

People High on Pot Used a Driving Simulator. Here's What Happened

You smoked a joint an hour and a half ago. Now it's worn off enough that you feel fine to get behind the wheel.

But you're fooling yourself, a new study says. You're likely about to drive under the

31 Jan
Driving Both High and Drunk More Dangerous Than Either Alone: Study

Driving Both High and Drunk More Dangerous Than Either Alone: Study

The hazards of drunken driving are well known, and a new research review shows that adding pot to the mix only makes matters worse.

The analysis of 57 past studies found that the

25 Jan
EU Eases COVID-19 Travel Rules Within the Bloc for Fully Vaccinated

EU Eases COVID-19 Travel Rules Within the Bloc for Fully Vaccinated

European Union residents should be able to move freely between the 27 member nations if they've been vaccinated in the past nine months or have recently recovered from coronavirus infection, bloc officials said Tuesday.

The announcement was made a day after the World Hea...

24 Jan
England to Lift Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Visitors

England to Lift Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Visitors

Coronavirus testing requirements for vaccinated people arriving in England will be scrapped, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday.

Details about the changes are to be provided later in the day by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, the Associated Press...

19 Jan
COVID Restrictions Eased in England

COVID Restrictions Eased in England

Numerous COVID restrictions will be dropped in England because government experts believe the Omicron variant "has now peaked nationally," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday.

As of Jan. 27, COVID-19 passes will no longer be needed to enter large-scale ev...

13 Jan
More Folks Drive High When Pot Made Legal: Study

More Folks Drive High When Pot Made Legal: Study

Here's more evidence that marijuana may make driving more dangerous: As pot has been legalized in more countries and states, a greater number of people are driving intoxicated by the drug and crashing, researchers report.

THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, has been ...

11 Jan
Americans Should Avoid Travel to Canada: CDC

Americans Should Avoid Travel to Canada: CDC

Americans should avoid travel to Canada due to "very high" levels of COVID-19 cases in that country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

The agency placed Canada under a Level 4 travel health notice, which is the highest category and inc...

06 Jan
UK Eases COVID Testing Rules for International Visitors

UK Eases COVID Testing Rules for International Visitors

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday announced that pre-departure tests for people traveling to the United Kingdom will no longer be required because restrictions meant to contain the international spread of the highly contagious

27 Dec
More Flights Canceled as Omicron Continues to Hit Flight Crews

More Flights Canceled as Omicron Continues to Hit Flight Crews

The Omicron variant continued to keep flights grounded on Monday as airlines canceled at least 2,400 more flights around the world, including 900 in the United States.

Several airlines acknowledged that COVID-19 was contributing significantly to the cancellations, not ju...

27 Dec
Science Shows Safest Plane Seating to Cut COVID Spread

Science Shows Safest Plane Seating to Cut COVID Spread

Taking to the skies for a long-awaited holiday?

Choose your seat on the plane wisely and don't overlook familiar steps like keeping your mask on to reduce your odds for getting COVID-19 or another contagious disease, experts suggest.

“Spacing is an obvious chall...

27 Dec
U.S. to Lift Travel Restrictions for Southern African Countries

U.S. to Lift Travel Restrictions for Southern African Countries

Starting Dec. 31, the United States will lift travel restrictions from eight countries in southern Africa.

The restrictions were first announced in late November in response to concerns about

22 Dec
Teens With Autism and Driving: Often a Tough Discussion

Teens With Autism and Driving: Often a Tough Discussion

Determining whether a young person with autism is ready to drive can be tricky for their health care providers.

That's the upshot of a new survey that included 78 pediatric physici...

20 Dec
48 COVID Cases Reported on World's Largest Cruise Ship

48 COVID Cases Reported on World's Largest Cruise Ship

At least 48 passengers and crew members on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas -- the world's largest cruise ship -- have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been quarantined, the company said Monday.

Of the 48 people who tested positive during the sailing, 98% were...

10 Dec
Report Finds World Ill-Prepared for Next Pandemic

Report Finds World Ill-Prepared for Next Pandemic

The world isn't ready to prevent or deal with another pandemic because many nations aren't taking the necessary steps to prepare for what is likely an inevitable future scenario, a new report shows.

The Global Health Security (GHS) index -- an assessment of preparedness ...

08 Dec
Half of Drinkers Who Think They're Fit to Drive Are Wrong: Study

Half of Drinkers Who Think They're Fit to Drive Are Wrong: Study

If you think you're fine to drive after drinking, there's a good chance you're wrong, new research shows.

The study found that despite being over the legal driving limit, half of the participants believed they were safe to drive.

The study included 90 volunteers, a...

01 Dec
First U.S. Omicron Case Reported in California

First U.S. Omicron Case Reported in California

The first confirmed U.S. case of the Omicron variant has been reported in California, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

The patient was a traveler, apparently from the San Francisco area, who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22, t...

01 Dec
CDC to Toughen COVID Testing for International Travelers

CDC to Toughen COVID Testing for International Travelers

As the world struggles with ways to stem the spread of the new Omicron variant, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that international travelers to the United States will soon have to provide a negative result from a coronavirus test taken with...

22 Nov
Ridesharing Services May Be Lowering Drunk Driving Deaths

Ridesharing Services May Be Lowering Drunk Driving Deaths

Don't drive drunk. That's simple and obvious advice. And it appears ridesharing services are making it easier for people to take it.

In a new study that looked at Chicago data, more rideshare trips meant fewer alcohol-involved crashes.

"This study was designed to l...

17 Nov
Most Older Adults Plan to Travel Soon, With Precautions: Poll

Most Older Adults Plan to Travel Soon, With Precautions: Poll

Nearly 1 in 3 older Americans plan an extended trip next year, and 1 in 4 plan to travel for the holidays, but many will take COVID-19 into account, a new survey shows.

If COVID cases surge at their destination, 20% said they would definitely change their plans, and anot...

08 Nov
U.S. Reopens Borders to Vaccinated Foreign Travelers

U.S. Reopens Borders to Vaccinated Foreign Travelers

For the first time in more than18 months, fully vaccinated travelers from dozens of other countries can enter the United States on Monday.

Visitors will need to show proof of vaccination and a negative coronavirus test taken within three calendar days of travel. Unvaccin...

27 Oct
Is Sheltering Under an Overpass Safe When Tornadoes Strike?

Is Sheltering Under an Overpass Safe When Tornadoes Strike?

You're driving down the highway when a tornado warning is issued over your car radio. Is it safe to follow widespread advice and seek shelter under an overpass?

While the U.S. National Weather Service warns that the wind from a tornado can accelerate as it flows under th...

26 Oct
Biden Administration Announces Details of Vaccination Requirements for Foreign Travelers

Biden Administration Announces Details of Vaccination Requirements for Foreign Travelers

The Biden administration on Monday released the specifics of its plan to allow the return of foreign travelers to the United States.

While adult visitors will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will need to be tested for the virus before boarding a plane to...

25 Oct
Injuries From Bikes, Guns Rose During Lockdowns

Injuries From Bikes, Guns Rose During Lockdowns

In yet another example of the cost of the pandemic, a new study finds there were significant increases in bicycle- and gun-related injuries during coronavirus lockdowns in the United States, but a decrease in traffic injuries.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 27,60...

22 Oct
Scientists Develop Quick Test for Marijuana Use

Scientists Develop Quick Test for Marijuana Use

Researchers may be one step closer to developing the equivalent of a Breathalyzer for detecting marijuana use.

In an early study, scientists found that their rapid test was able to reliably detect THC in people's saliva in under 5 minutes. THC, short for tetrahydrocannab...

16 Oct
Be Your Teen's Best Partner as They Learn to Drive

Be Your Teen's Best Partner as They Learn to Drive

Parents of teen drivers can play a crucial role in making their children safe drivers, the Governors Highway Safety Association says.

Millions of U.S. teens are learning to drive at an especially challenging time as risky and dangerous driving has increased during the CO...

15 Oct
Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8

Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8

All international travelers who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will be able to enter the United States beginning Nov. 8, an official at the White House told The New York Times.

The announcement came on the heels of news on Wednesday that ...

13 Oct
U.S. to Reopen Borders to Vaccinated Travelers from Canada, Mexico

U.S. to Reopen Borders to Vaccinated Travelers from Canada, Mexico

Beginning in November, the United States will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico for the first time since pandemic closures began 19 months ago, the Biden administration will announce Wednesday.

The move comes just weeks after U.S. of...

05 Oct
Big Rise in Injuries From E-Scooters, Hoverboards

Big Rise in Injuries From E-Scooters, Hoverboards

Hoverboards, electric scooters and electric bikes are the transportation of choice for a growing number of Americans, but they're taking many straight to the emergency room.

Injuries associated with these so-called "micromobility products" skyrocketed 70% between 2017 an...

20 Sep
U.S. Will Lift Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated International Travelers in November

U.S. Will Lift Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated International Travelers in November

Starting in November, the United States plans to lift travel restrictions on people coming from overseas who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This move by the Biden administration will open the United States to relatives separated from families as well as business...

20 Sep
When Cardiac Arrest Strikes, Survival Odds Are Better at Airports

When Cardiac Arrest Strikes, Survival Odds Are Better at Airports

If you have a cardiac arrest, your odds of survival are best in an airport or airplane, a new study finds.

That's because automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are readily available and so are people ready to help, researchers explained.

"Our findings emphasize ...

05 Sep
Be 'Boat Safe' This Labor Day Weekend

Be 'Boat Safe' This Labor Day Weekend

Boat traffic picks up on Labor Day weekend, and the Safe Boating Campaign offers some safety reminders for those leaving shore.

"No matter your age, wear a life jacket from the moment you reach the dock and while you're out on the water," Yvonne Pentz, communications dir...

01 Sep
Unvaccinated Should Not Travel This Labor Day Weekend: CDC

Unvaccinated Should Not Travel This Labor Day Weekend: CDC

Unvaccinated Americans should stay home during the holiday weekend as COVID-19 cases surge due to the highly contagious Delta variant, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

"First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would rec...

30 Aug
U.S. to Be Removed From E.U. Safe Travel List

U.S. to Be Removed From E.U. Safe Travel List

Due to surging coronavirus cases, the United States will be removed from the European Union's "safe list" of countries whose citizens can travel to the 27-nation bloc without additional restrictions such as testing and quarantines.

The change is expected to be announced ...