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Avoid a Nasty Surprise From the Barbecue Grill

Posted 25 Jun 2017 by

SUNDAY, June 25, 2017 – Summer wouldn't be complete without ribs and burgers sizzling on the barbecue grill. But those hot-weather American staples can bring a rise in injuries from wire bristle grill brushes. Loose bristles can fall off the brush while you're cleaning the grill grate and end up in food. If consumed, the bristles can cause injuries in the mouth, throat and tonsils, said Dr. David Chang, an associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Missouri. "One little bristle unrecognized could get lodged in various areas of the body, whether in the throat, tonsil or neck region," Chang said in a university news release. Chang previously led a study that concluded that more than 1,600 injuries from wire-bristle grill brushes were reported in U.S. emergency rooms from 2002 to 2014. While injuries from these brushes occur throughout the year, they are more common in ... Read more

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Loose Bristles From Grill-Cleaning Brushes May Pose Dangers

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – A new study suggests that you might want to take one last look after cleaning your grill this summer, to make sure no bristles from your wire brush are left behind. That's because those loose bristles can stick to the grill, end up in your food, and cause mouth, throat and stomach/intestinal injuries, researchers found. Some of the patients required surgery for these injuries, which were more common in the summer and occurred more often in the mouth and throat than in the stomach/intestines, the investigators reported. The study was published April 4 in the journal Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery. "The issue is likely under-reported and thus underappreciated," study author Dr. C.W. David Chang said in a journal news release. He is an associate professor of clinical otolaryngology at the University of Missouri's School of Medicine, in Columbia, Mo. "Because ... Read more

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