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Does Mercury in Fish Play a Role in ALS?

Posted 1 day 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Eating mercury-laden seafood may raise the risk of developing ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), preliminary research suggests. The report warns of possible harm from fish containing the most mercury, such as swordfish and shark. It doesn't suggest a higher risk of ALS from general consumption of seafood. "For most people, eating fish is part of a healthy diet," said study author Dr. Elijah Stommel, who's with Dartmouth College's Geisel School of Medicine in Hanover, N.H. "But questions remain about the possible impact of mercury in fish," Stommel said in an American Academy of Neurology news release The study of 500-plus people found that seafood eaters who ate the most mercury-heavy fish may face double the risk of developing ALS. However, the study only established a link between the two, not a cause-and-effect relationship. Mercury is a toxic metal that ... Read more

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Don't Punish Pregnant Women for Opioid Use, Docs Say

Posted 1 day 21 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Prevention and treatment, not legal action, should be the focus when dealing with pregnant women who use opioids, a leading pediatricians' group says. Some states prosecute and jail pregnant women for substance abuse, but the new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns that punitive measures have no health benefits for mother or child and may deter women from seeking help. "Over the last two decades, use of opioids surged throughout the U.S., and as they did, we have seen an increase in opioid-related complications in nearly every population, including pregnant women and their infants," statement co-author Dr. Stephen Patrick said in an AAP news release. "Our response should be grounded in public health. We should be bolstering efforts targeted at primary prevention, like prescription drug-monitoring programs, and expanding treatment ... Read more

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Kids' OD Risk Rises When Opioids Left Out at Home

Posted 1 day 21 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – A child's risk of a potentially fatal drug overdose more than doubles if a parent brings home a prescription opioid painkiller like oxycodone, codeine or morphine, a new study reports. When their mother is prescribed an opioid for pain as opposed to a non-narcotic drug like aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen, young children are about two-and-a-half times more likely to accidentally overdose, the researchers found. "The opioid epidemic has not skipped children," said Dr. Yaron Finkelstein, a pediatric emergency doctor with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. "They are also vulnerable to it, even as a third party or innocent bystander." Finkelstein is lead researcher on the study, published online Feb. 20 in Pediatrics. Another study in the journal helps explain the source of some of this risk. Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioids in homes with ... Read more

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Possible Drawback to Gluten-Free: Toxic Metals

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – America's love affair with gluten-free foods may come at a cost: greater intake of the toxic metals arsenic and mercury, a new study contends. "These results indicate that there could be unintended consequences of eating a gluten-free diet," said study author Maria Argos of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Gluten-free products often contain rice flour as a substitute for wheat, rye and barley. And rice is known to accumulate arsenic and mercury from fertilizers, soil and water, said Argos, an assistant professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health. For the study, the researchers analyzed U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data from thousands of Americans, aged 6 to 80. The investigators identified 73 people who said they ate a gluten-free diet. Compared to other survey participants, those who ate gluten-free diets had ... Read more

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Drinking Peroxide as 'Natural' Cure Leads to Dangerous Blood Clots

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 – Ingesting high-concentration hydrogen peroxide as a "natural cure" or cleansing agent may land you in the emergency room, health experts caution. Of particular concern are alternative drinking "therapies" that proactively promote the health benefits of potent peroxide. These so-called "super water" cures are anything but curative, researchers said, with ingestion leading to heart attack, stroke, and in some cases, death. "Alternative medicine practices are not always safe," said study lead author Dr. Benjamin Hatten. He's currently an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. "In addition to the lack of scientific evidence of benefit, ingestion of high-concentration peroxide can be life-threatening. This product is much more dangerous than the household hydrogen peroxide that comes in a brown ... Read more

Related support groups: Ischemic Stroke, Heart Attack, Myocardial Infarction, Poisoning, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis

Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Liquid

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 – Electronic cigarette liquids can contain high levels of toxic and potentially cancer-causing metals, a new study suggests. "We do not know if these levels are dangerous, but their presence is troubling and could mean that the metals end up in the aerosol that e-cigarette users inhale," said study leader Ana Maria Rule, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Rule is an assistant scientist in the department of environmental health and engineering. She and her colleagues analyzed the liquid of five brands of so-called first-generation e-cigarettes, which resemble traditional cigarettes. (Newer e-cigarettes look like small cassette recorders with mouthpieces.) The researchers found liquids in those brands contained the heavy metals cadmium, chromium, lead, manganese and nickel. These metals are toxic when inhaled, the researchers said. In ... Read more

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Pet Meds Sending Kids to the ER

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – The flea medications and heartworm pills that millions of Americans give to their beloved pets pose poisoning risks to any children in the home, new research warns. The study authors said just one poison center in Ohio received more than 1,400 calls for poisoning from pet medications over the course of 15 years, with 87 percent of those calls involving children under the age of 5. "We realize that pets are common and an important part of families, especially those with young children," said study co-author Kristi Roberts, from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "However, pets often require medications to keep them healthy, and these medications could be dangerous to a child if the child is exposed," she added. Poisoning occurs in several ways, the researchers explained. Toddlers can pick up pills spit ... Read more

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Laundry Detergent Pods Linked to Eye Burn Danger in Kids

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – Liquid laundry detergent pods may be convenient, but young children are suffering vision-threatening burns from the chemicals inside them in increasing numbers, a new study finds. Between 2012 and 2015, more than 1,200 preschoolers in the United States suffered eye burns from these single-use detergent pods. In 2012, only 12 such burns were reported. By 2015, that number was almost 500. "These pods look like toys, they look like candy, and kids are finding them, playing with them, puncturing them, and the chemicals inside the pods are getting into their eyes," said lead researcher Dr. R. Sterling Haring, from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Injuries most often occur when children play with the detergent pods and they break and the liquid squirts into their eyes. Burns also happen when kids get the soap on their hands ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Poisoning, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Toxins in Your Fast-Food Packaging?

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – Many grease-resistant fast-food wrappers and boxes contain potentially harmful chemicals that can leach into food, a new study contends. Testing on more than 400 samples from restaurants nationwide revealed that nearly half of fast-food wrappers and one out of five paperboard food boxes contained detectable levels of fluorine, said lead researcher Laurel Schaider. She's an environmental chemist at the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Mass. Previous studies have linked some fluorinated chemicals such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) to kidney and testicular cancer, low birth weight, thyroid disease, decreased sperm quality, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, and immune system problems in children, the study authors said in background notes. Major U.S. manufacturers voluntarily phased out PFOA and PFOS for most uses ... Read more

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Health Tip: Choosing a Pest Control Service

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Pests are a nuisance and may be a health hazard. But you're not doing your family any favors by using toxic chemicals inappropriately. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends: Get estimates from several recommended companies in your area. Ask questions about their processes. Ask how long each company has been in business at the current location, and check to see if there have been complaints filed against the company. Request a list of references. Ensure that technicians are licensed and certified to use pesticides correctly. Request a copy of pesticide labels and how much is applied during treatment. Read more

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FDA Offers Guidance on Fish Intake for Kids, Pregnant Women

Posted 18 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – A new U.S. government guideline classifies fish into three categories of safety to help pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers and parents of young children make healthy choices. The 62 types of fish and shellfish included in the guideline are sorted into: best choices: eat two to three servings a week; good choices: eat one serving a week; and fish to avoid. Nearly 90 percent of fish eaten in the United States fall into the best choices category, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Fifty percent of pregnant women eat fewer than 2 ounces of fish a week, which is far less than the recommended amount, the FDA said. Fish offers nutritional benefits important for growth and development during pregnancy and early childhood, the agency said. The FDA and EPA recommend two to three servings of lower-mercury ... Read more

Related support groups: Poisoning, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Lactation Augmentation, Mercury Poisoning

'Button' Batteries Pose Serious Risk to Children

Posted 9 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Those tiny, common "button" batteries can pose a big threat of injury to children if swallowed, toxicologists warn. The round batteries are used in items such as toys, musical greeting cards, remote controls, calculators, watches, key fobs, flameless candles, hearing aids, games and flashing jewelry. "If a button battery ingestion is even suspected, quick medical evaluation should be a priority," Dr. Donna Seger said in a news release from the Tennessee Poison Center. She directs the center, located at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. In 2014, about 3,500 reports of people, mostly children, swallowing button batteries were reported to poison centers in the United States. Each year, more than 2,800 American children require emergency care after swallowing button batteries. In most cases, the batteries pass through the digestive system without ... Read more

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Warmer Waters May Mean More Toxic Shellfish

Posted 9 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Unusually warm ocean temperatures near the U.S. Pacific Northwest have been linked to dangerous levels of a natural toxin in shellfish. But, researchers report they have developed new ways to predict these toxic outbreaks. The toxin, domoic acid, is produced by marine algae, or plant life. It builds up in seafood, posing a potential threat. Consuming the toxin can be harmful to humans, the researchers said. The project was funded by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "We describe a completely new method to understanding and predicting toxic outbreaks on a large scale, linking domoic acid concentrations in shellfish to ocean conditions caused by warm water phases of natural climate event cycles," said study author Morgaine McKibben of Oregon State University. Those "climate event cycles" include El Nino and a similar but long-term ... Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Poisoning, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Salmonella Enteric Fever, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Ready Your Home for Winter's Wrath

Posted 5 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 – Winter's here. Nothing you can do about that. But, it's not too late to take steps to keep you and your home safe when frigid weather hits, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC offers this checklist: Install weather stripping, insulation and storm windows. Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls. Be sure roof leaks are repaired and gutters are clean. Have your heating system professionally serviced to make sure it is working well and is properly ventilated to the outside. Keep a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels on hand. Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test their batteries monthly. Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, which include headache, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. More information The U.S. ... Read more

Related support groups: Cold Symptoms, Sore Throat, Poisoning, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

FDA Suggests Limits on Lead in Cosmetics

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has suggested setting a limit on how much lead can be in cosmetics ranging from lipstick and eye shadow to blush and shampoo. Although it does not have the authority to enforce such a limit, the FDA recommended in a draft guidance issued Thursday that cosmetics not contain more than 10 parts per million (ppm) of lead. Lead occurs naturally in the environment, but high levels can harm almost every organ in the body. Children and pregnant women are particularly susceptible to its harmful health effects, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In crafting its guidance on lead limits in cosmetics, the FDA tested hundreds of products for lead. "Although most cosmetics on the market in the United States generally already contain less than 10 ppm of lead, a small number contained higher amounts," the FDA said. ... Read more

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