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Arsenic and Rice: What You Need to Know

Posted 9 days ago by

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – There's a danger lurking in rice and you won't find it by reading labels. It's the chemical arsenic. And the threat isn't about immediate poisoning but rather that long-term exposure to small amounts can increase the risk of bladder, lung and skin cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Arsenic naturally finds its way into our soil and water because it's in the Earth's crust, ...

Hair Care Products for Black Women May Disrupt Hormones

Posted 9 days ago by

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – Many black women use a plethora of hair care products that contain chemicals that can interfere with their hormones, researchers warn. They noted these chemicals could be a reason why black women have higher rates of certain hormone-related health conditions than other women in the United States. For example, black women begin puberty at younger ages, and they have higher ...

Simple Drug Packaging Change Could Save Toddlers' Lives

Posted 17 days ago by

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 – As America's opioid crisis continues, too many toddlers are accidentally overdosing on narcotic medicines. But a new study suggests that better packaging might curb the problem. Among kids under the age of 6, single-dose packaging prompted a 79 percent decrease in the number of unintentional exposures to a narcotic called buprenorphine. The medication is given alone or ...

Health Tip: Avoid Concentrated Caffeine

Posted 20 days ago by

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns against taking pure or highly concentrated caffeine products, citing at least two overdose deaths among otherwise healthy people. Given possible difficulty in measuring the products in a safe dose, and the products' resemblence to other beverages, it's relatively easy to overdose, the agency says. One teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine may contain as ...

Many Opioid Overdoses May Be Suicides

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – As the United States grapples with an ongoing opioid epidemic, experts are calling attention to a hidden aspect of the crisis: Many overdose deaths may, in fact, be suicides. The researchers describe suicide as a "silent contributor" to the nation's opioid overdose death rate. It's hard to know exactly how many Americans have intentionally overdosed on opioids in ...

Could Banned PCB Chemicals Be Lurking in Your Kitchen?

Posted 18 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 – Toxic chemicals that have been banned for nearly four decades may be hiding in kitchens across the United States, new research suggests. Polychlorinated biphenyls, more commonly known as PCBs, might be released when cabinet sealants break down, the scientists warn. PCBs are cancer-causing chemicals once used in a wide range of products, from electrical appliances to ...

More Than 40 Percent of Americans Breathe Dirty Air: Report

Posted 18 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 – More than two of every five Americans reside in counties with unhealthy levels of smog and air pollution, thanks largely to the effect of global warming, health researchers report. Ozone levels spiked in the United States in 2016, which was the nation's second-hottest year on record, according to the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report, released ...

Health Tip: Prevent Poisoning at Home

Posted 13 Apr 2018 by

-- Some 3 million people – many under age 5 – swallow or consume a poisonous substance each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Common sources include medicines, cleaning products, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil. The academy advises on how to reduce the risks of poisoning at your home: Store poisonous products in ...

FDA Cracks Down on Caffeine-Loaded Supplements

Posted 13 Apr 2018 by

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it has issued tough new restrictions on the sale of dietary supplements that contain dangerously high amounts of caffeine. Supplements that contain pure or highly concentrated caffeine in powder or liquid forms are no longer permitted to be sold in bulk quantities directly to consumers, the agency said. The new ...

Health Tip: Coping With Polluted Water

Posted 5 Apr 2018 by

-- Drinking polluted water can trigger vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, reproductive problems and developmental problems, the website says. Here are the site's suggestions to help curb water pollution: Recycle batteries and other harmful trash, such as paint. Have water at home tested for pollutants. Filter or boil water if it contains bacteria, lead or chlorine. Take used motor ...

Blood Levels of Toxic Fire Retardants Declining in Kids

Posted 4 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 – Blood levels of a flame retardant have fallen in American children since use of the chemicals was banned in consumer products, a new study finds. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) were once widely used in household items, such as couches, mattresses, carpet padding and other upholstered items. In 2004, pentaBDE – a specific mixture of PBDEs – began to be phased ...

Unhealthy Phthalate Chemicals Found in Restaurant Food

Posted 29 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 – People who like to dine out may unwittingly order a side of potentially harmful chemicals, new research suggests. The study, involving more than 10,000 Americans, found that those who'd dined out the day before generally had higher urine levels of chemicals called phthalates, versus people who'd had all their meals at home. The findings suggest that old-fashioned ...

With E-Cigs, Flavorings May Pose the Greatest Danger

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – The flavorings used in e-cigarettes might potentially be the most toxic part of the vapor inhaled by users, a new study suggests. E-cigarette liquid contains dozens of different chemicals, and these vary widely from product to product, said lead author Flori Sassano. She is a research project manager with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Many of ...

Hookah Smoking Carries a Poisoning Risk

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – Many people think hookah smoking is less harmful than cigarettes, but they might not realize that hookahs can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, a medical expert warns. The devices – also called water pipes – are heated by burning charcoal. That releases carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas. About 100 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by hookahs have ...

Poison Prevention at Home

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Every day, more than 300 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for accidental poisoning, and two children die from it. Reports of youngsters getting sick after eating colorful laundry and dishwasher detergent pods that they thought were candy have renewed warnings about keeping all cleaning products both out of sight and out of reach – behind cabinet doors with ...

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