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Some Mexican Ceramics Can Serve Up Lead Poisoning

Posted 20 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – A charming ceramic reminder of a Mexican vacation could end up giving you lead poisoning, a new study warns. Exposure to high concentrations of lead – often found in glazes that line traditional Mexican ceramics, cookware and dishware – can be toxic after extended periods of handling, Canadian researchers report. The issue has long been on the radar of public health professionals, but was highlighted recently by the lead poisoning of a 55-year-old Canadian woman. She frequently used ceramic dishware picked up in Mexico. "Every time she poured hot water into her mug, lead was seeping out of the glaze and into her tea," explained study lead author Dr. Michael Fralick. He's a general internist at the University of Toronto and a research fellow in pharmacoepidemiology at Harvard University. According to the case report, the woman had been repeatedly hospitalized ... Read more

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Flint Water Crisis Taking High Toll on Health, Productivity

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 – The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has cost $395 million in lost productivity, increased welfare use and criminal justice spending, according to a new study. That estimate does not include the $58 million spent on medical care and supplying clean water, wrote Peter Muennig in a letter published in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs. He is a professor of health policy and management at Columbia University in New York City. Flint's water system was contaminated with lead after the city switched its source from Lake Huron to the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. Using U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, Muennig estimated that Flint, with more than 8,000 cases, accounted for about 5 percent of lead poisonings in the United States between April 2014 and April 2015. According to the CDC, no safe level of lead in children has been ... Read more

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Much-Maligned Pigeon May Be a Lead Detective

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – Though pigeons are generally considered a city-dwelling nuisance, researchers have found that these "rats of the sky" can be used to monitor levels of lead and other toxic compounds in cities. Blood samples taken from hundreds of sick or injured pigeons in New York City between 2010 and 2015 showed that their lead levels rose in the summer. Those findings correlated to what happened with lead levels in blood samples from children. Zip codes in the city with high lead levels in pigeons also had some of the highest levels of lead in children, the study found. "Pigeons breathe the same air, walk the same sidewalks, and often eat the same food as we do. What if we could use them to monitor possible dangers to our health in the environment, like lead pollution?" said study leader Rebecca Calisi. Calisi, an assistant professor of neurobiology, physiology and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Lead From Your Home

Posted 8 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Children exposed to even small amounts of lead can face a host of physical and mental development problems. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests these preventive tips: Test your home for lead. If your home was built before 1978, make sure your child cannot reach peeling paint. If you're renovating your older home, children and pregnant women should move out during construction. If you're cleaning up an area with lead, make sure it's carefully closed off from areas where children spend time. Frequently wash your child's toys and hands to help wash away any lead gathered from the home or nearby soil. Take off shoes when re-entering the home, and regularly wet mop floors and wipe down windowsills. Don't let children play in soil. Plant grass or cover with mulch, sand or wood chips. Read more

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Flint's Lead-Contamination Crisis 'Entirely Preventable'

Posted 24 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 – Analysis of blood samples from young children of Flint, Mich., shows they had much more lead in their blood when the city used local drinking water in an effort to cut costs, a new U.S. government study reveals. A series of blood samples showed kids younger than 6 were nearly 50 percent more likely to have elevated blood lead levels when the city used the Flint River for drinking water instead of the Detroit water system, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded. The percentage of kids with high lead content returned to previous levels once the city switched back to the Detroit system. The reason for the lead contamination? Inappropriate corrosion control measures, investigators said. "This crisis was entirely preventable, and a startling reminder of the critical need to eliminate all sources of lead from our children's ... Read more

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No Amount of Lead Is Safe for Kids

Posted 20 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 20, 2016 – No amount of lead exposure is safe for children, and stricter regulations are needed to protect youngsters from this serious health threat, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. There's growing evidence that even low levels of lead exposure previously considered safe can cause permanent mental, behavioral and school problems in children, according to the pediatricians' group. Identifying and eliminating lead sources before exposure occurs is the only reliable way to protect children from this danger, the AAP said. This requires stricter regulations, more federal resources and joint action by government officials and doctors, according to the updated AAP recommendations. "We now know that there is no safe level of blood lead concentration for children, and the best 'treatment' for lead poisoning is to prevent any exposure before it happens," Dr. Jennifer ... Read more

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Take Precautions to Prevent Child Poisonings

Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – From detergents to prescription medication, many common household items can poison children, an emergency medicine physician warns. Prescription drugs are one of the main threats, said Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director of the Nethercutt Emergency Center at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. Recently, three middle school students were treated in the ER after taking the anti-anxiety drug Xanax they had found at home, Ghurabi said. "They spent 12 hours in the emergency department having their stomachs pumped and being monitored for adverse reactions," he said in a medical center news release. "It was serious." Drugs intended for adults can be toxic to children, he noted. "A common medication used to treat diabetes can stay in one's system for 96 hours – up to four days. While its purpose is to lower an adult's blood sugar, in a child it ... Read more

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60,000 U.S. Kids Treated for Accidental Medicine Poisoning a Year

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – Nearly 60,000 children in the United States are accidentally poisoned by medicines each year, a new report says. That's the equivalent of four busloads of children – or one every nine minutes – arriving at emergency departments every day because of medicine-related poisoning, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. And nearly every minute each day a poison control center receives a call about a child who got into medicines, the report notes. "We want parents and caregivers to remember that the first line of defense in preventing medicine poisoning is the family," Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, said in a news release from the group. Americans fill nearly three times as many prescriptions as they did in 1980 and spend five times as much on over-the-counter drugs, according to the report. With so many medications on hand, parents and other adults ... Read more

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Do Benefits of City Gardening Outweigh Risks?

Posted 17 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 – The benefits of eating fresh vegetables from city gardens appear to outweigh any risks posed by lead or other contaminants in the soil, new research suggests. "People are terrified of soils in urban areas. They always think it's a mystery brew of toxins in the soil, but in the vast majority of cases, the contamination is lead," said study lead author Sally Brown. She is a research associate professor of environmental and forest sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. "We've shown that lead is harmful by eating the dirt, not from eating the lettuce grown in the dirt," she said in a university news release. It's widely believed that soil contaminated with lead is unsafe for gardening. But other than some root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, radishes and beets, plants take up very little lead into their stems and leaves and are safe to eat, the ... Read more

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FDA Warns of Lead Poisoning Risk From Cosmetic Clay

Posted 29 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – A beauty clay sold at major retail outlets may put users at risk for lead poisoning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday. Alikay Naturals Bentonite Me Baby is sold online and in retail stores, including Target, Amazon.com and Sally Beauty Supply, according to the FDA. Alikay Naturals' website claims that the clay purifies and clarifies both skin and hair. However, FDA lab tests found elevated levels of lead in the clay and consumers should not use the product, the agency said in a news release. Lead can harm the central nervous system, kidneys and immune system. In children, lead exposure can lead to thinking and behavioral problems, the agency added. The FDA said it first learned of the high lead content in the clay from the Minnesota Department of Health, but there have not been any confirmed cases of lead poisoning associated with the clay. ... Read more

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More Evidence That Severe Poverty Harms Kids' Health

Posted 18 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – Severe poverty is a threat to young children's health and development, a new study suggests. "Deep poverty, which affects approximately 3.9 million young children, clearly makes large numbers of U.S. children vulnerable to health and developmental problems that limit their life opportunities," said study senior author Sheila Smith. She is director of early childhood at the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. Researchers analyzed U.S. data gathered from 2011 to 2013. They focused on children younger than age 9, comparing those in deep poverty – defined as a family income below 50 percent of the federal poverty line – with those who are poor but not in deep poverty, and those who aren't poor. Children in deep poverty were more likely to be obese than those in the other two groups. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Checking Your Child's Toys for Lead

Posted 7 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Lead in toys and other sources can cause significant developmental problems in children. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Using caution with toys that are made of metal and plastic. Being leery of imported toys, toy jewelry and antique toys. Signing up for Consumer Product Safety Commission recall alerts to notify you if a toy is found to contain lead. Removing any toy that you suspect may contain lead. Talking to a pediatrician about having your child's blood tested for lead, if you suspect exposure. Making sure that if your child plays with toy jewelry, she does not put it in her mouth. Read more

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Assessing Health Issues of Child Refugees

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 – The main health problems of refugee children from Asia and Africa when they arrive in the United States are outlined in a new study. Based on screenings of more than 8,100 young refugees between 2006 and 2012, the top health concerns were hepatitis B, tuberculosis, parasitic worms, high blood lead levels and anemia, the study found. The refugees, all younger than 19, were from Bhutan, Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq and Somalia. The screenings were conducted shortly after they arrived in Colorado, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Washington state. In general, these conditions were more common among children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Somalia, and lower among those from Iraq, researchers said. Among refugees from Myanmar, those who came to the United States from Thailand had more diseases than those who came ... Read more

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Health Tip: Reducing Your Child's Risk of Lead Poisoning

Posted 11 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Lead often is found in the paint in older homes. When ingested by young children, lead can cause serious developmental and health problems. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: If your home was built before 1978, keep your child away from any areas of peeling paint. Repaint surfaces to make sure any lead paint is sealed in. Talk to your child's pediatrician about lead testing. If you're remodeling an older home, seal off work areas to prevent paint dust from spreading. Make sure your child always washes his or her face and hands before eating. Read more

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Old Electronics Potential Source of Lead Exposure in Kids

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 – Working with old or recycled electronics may increase your children's risk for lead poisoning, an expert warns. Lead poisoning in two Ohio toddlers was traced back to their father, who worked at an e-scrap recycling company, said one Cincinnati pediatrician. The dad's job involved crushing cathode ray tubes made from leaded glass. These tubes are a common component of older televisions and computer monitors. The children, aged 1 and 2, were victims of "take-home" lead exposure, Dr. Nick Newman, director of the Environmental Health and Lead Clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. Take-home exposure occurs when toxins from the workplace are carried out on employees' skin, hair, shoes, clothing or other items. The father worked without protective equipment, and often had visible dust in his hair. The family reported ... Read more

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