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Self-Harm on the Rise Among Teen Girls

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – Teen girls are much more likely to self-harm than boys, and the dangerous practice is on the rise. That's the conclusion of a new British study that also found a strong link between self-harm – practices such as cutting or burning oneself – and a higher risk of suicide. Researchers reviewed information from nearly 650 general practices in the United Kingdom. The records had data on almost 9,000 patients aged 10 to 19 who self-harmed between 2001 and 2014. The investigators compared those children to more than 170,000 kids who didn't self-harm, matched for age and gender. The rate of self-harm was about three times higher among girls than boys. The rate rose 68 percent among girls ages 13 to 16 from 2011 to 2014. Referrals to mental health services within 12 months of self-harming were 23 percent less likely for children in the poorest areas, even though the ... Read more

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When Should You Rush Your Toddler to the ER?

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 – Many American parents aren't sure when to rush their child to the emergency room, a new survey finds. "When young children experience urgent medical situations, parents have to make decisions about whether to administer first aid at home, call for advice or seek emergency care," said Dr. Gary Freed, from the University of Michigan. He is co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Poll on Children's Health. "Our report suggests that some parents may be using the ER for common situations that could be handled at home," Freed said in a university news release. "Determining what is in fact an 'emergency' can be a confusing and nerve-wracking experience for parents who want to make the right decision." Researchers questioned nearly 400 parents with at least one child aged 5 or younger. They found only half would know what to do if their child was choking, 10 ... Read more

Related support groups: Poisoning, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Acetaminophen Overdose

Carbon Monoxide a Potential Threat From Gas-Powered Generators

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – People left without power by storms or power outages may be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning if they use portable generators, gas-powered appliances or gas grills improperly, U.S. officials warn. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause illness and death if it builds up inside a home or vehicle. Each year, more than 400 people in the United States die from accidental CO poisoning. If you're using a generator or any gasoline-powered engine, place it at least 20 feet away from your home. Never use a generator, pressure washer or any gasoline-powered engine inside your home, basement or garage, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. When using a generator, also use a battery-powered or battery backup CO detector. If you have a professionally installed and vented generator system, keep vents and flues free of debris, ... Read more

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'Off-Roading' Threat May Lurk in the Air

Posted 22 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – Falls aren't the only danger for kids who ride an off-road vehicle. In many parts of the United States, riders may also inhale hazardous mineral fibers and toxic dust, researchers warn. Four-wheel-drive and all-terrain vehicles "have been designed to operate in rugged, unpaved terrain, and they can produce copious amounts of dust," said study lead author Chris Wolfe. Naturally occurring asbestos and other mineral fibers can become airborne in the dust generated while "off-roading," said Wolfe, an epidemiologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. "This puts riders – particularly children – at risk of inhalation exposure," he said in a hospital news release. Most deposits of naturally occurring asbestos are situated along the Appalachian Mountains and ranges in the West and Southwest, particularly California, according to background notes with ... Read more

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Health Tip: Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Carbon monoxide (CO) is routinely called a "silent killer," since the toxic gas is odorless and tasteless. More than 400 people die each year in the United States from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and more than 50,000 people visit the emergency room due to CO exposure, the CDC says. The agency suggests how to reduce your chances of CO poisoning: Do not leave the motor running in a vehicle while it's in a garage. Never run a generator, pressure washer or any gasoline-powered engine inside an enclosed structure, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented. Never run a gasoline-powered engine less than 20 feet from an open window or door where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area. Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent or camper. If you think you've been exposed to carbon monoxide, seek medical attention ... Read more

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Chlorine plus Pee equals Breathing Trouble for Waterpark Workers

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Another summer ends, and at least some of America's waterpark attendants may be breathing easier, a new report finds. The research – conducted at an unnamed indoor waterpark in Ohio last year – found that high levels of chlorine in water can mix with patrons' sweat and urine to create a toxic atmospheric brew. In fact, the investigation "found that waterpark employees were approximately four times more likely to have work-related [eye] and respiratory symptoms than were employees in other resort areas," said a team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the 91 workers at the park who agreed to participate in the study, a third (29) were affected with at least three work-related symptoms such as irritated eyes and nose, coughing, wheezing, sore throat, shortness of breath or chest tightness. Twenty-four of those 29 workers were ... Read more

Related support groups: Cough, Poisoning, Respiratory Tract Disease

Minorities Exposed to Dirtier Air, U.S. Study Finds

Posted 18 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Nonwhite Americans are surrounded by more air pollution from traffic than whites are, a new study finds. While exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) fell among all Americans between 2000 and 2010, there was only a slight narrowing in differences between levels of exposure to the pollutant between nonwhites and whites. "The finding that shocks us is that when it comes to how much NO2 a person breathes, it's still race that matters," said senior study author Julian Marshall. He is professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. "At any income level – low to medium to high – there's a persistent gap by race, which is completely indefensible. It says a lot about how segregated neighborhoods still are and how things are segregated," he explained in a university news release. The estimated average annual NO2 exposure fell ... Read more

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Health Tip: Design a Non-Toxic Nursery

Posted 18 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- After spending nine months making sure everything you eat is good for your growing baby, you'll want to create a nursery that's soothing and safe. Your baby typically will sleep for up to 16 hours a day for the first two years of life. The Environmental Working Group suggests how to make your nursery safer: Use low-volatile organic compounds (low-VOC) paint. VOCs are used to help paint dry, but they could affect your baby's health. Select true-wood furniture. Pressed wood, plywood, particleboard and chipboard are made from lumber scraps glued together under pressure. These ingredients may emit formaldehyde, an indoor air pollutant. Buy a safe crib mattress. It is safest to find one made of untreated natural fibers that have not been wrapped in polyvinyl chloride or treated with flame retardants. Keep floors wood. Carpets can entice dust mites and often contain flame retardants and ... Read more

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Harvey's Wrath Still Poses Risks to Children

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – Safety measures must be a priority for children returning to Houston and other communities affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. For starters, environmental hazards pose greater risks to children than to adults. "Children are more susceptible to toxic exposures that can impact their development, both before birth and during early childhood," Dr. Jennifer Lowry, chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health, said Tuesday in an academy news release. "Children are naturally curious, so they often come into direct contact with materials that adults would avoid. Before children return to any area impacted by flooding, it's important that the area be cleaned. Children and teens should be the last group to return," she advised. Priorities in restoring flood-affected areas include rehabilitating drinking water ... Read more

Related support groups: Bacterial Infection, Gastroenteritis, Poisoning, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

Harvey's Health Hazards Will Continue During Cleanup

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey is finally winding down, but residents and volunteers in the Houston area must remain on guard against health hazards that will continue during the cleanup effort, public health officials say. Floodwater contamination will be the first and foremost problem people face as they return to their homes and businesses, said Cleveland Clinic infectious disease expert Dr. Frank Esper. The water that entered their homes was loaded with bacteria from raw sewage, and likely also included chemicals and toxins from businesses and industrial sites, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. Esper warned that "even after the floodwaters have receded, the bacteria will remain a threat to health. You need to make sure you are cleaning anything that could have been contaminated by these floodwaters." Alcohol-based ... Read more

Related support groups: Bacterial Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Gastroenteritis, Poisoning, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Hepatitis A, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

Before Volcano Buried Pompeii, Toxic Water May Have Plagued Residents

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Before a nearby volcano blew and buried the ancient Roman town of Pompeii centuries ago, residents were drinking toxic water that probably caused a host of ills, a new study suggests. Based on an analysis of pipes that ran through the city, Danish researchers believe that Pompeiians could have suffered from a variety of digestive problems and organ damage due to high concentrations of toxic chemicals in the renowned Roman water system. The key culprit appears to have been the chemical element antimony, said lead researcher and archaeological chemist Kaare Lund Rasmussen, from the University of Southern Denmark. Researchers have previously speculated that lead in Roman water pipes could have been very hazardous for the health of residents. But some scientists said the calcification of lead pipes would have prevented lead poisoning much of the time. That's not ... Read more

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Expert Tips to Avoid Accidental Poisonings at School

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – At schools and daycares, an army of sanitizers and detergents is used to keep germs at bay. But poison-control experts warn these products contain chemicals that can be harmful to young children. "Each year, approximately 28,000 exposures occur in a school," said Stephen Kaminski, executive director of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. His organization has partnered with the National Pesticide Information Center "to promote poison safety in the classroom and ensure that schools and daycares, where children spend most of their days, are healthy and safe environments," he said in an association news release. Many schools and daycares use antimicrobial sanitizers and disinfectants to kill bacteria and illness-causing viruses. "While these cleaning substances play an important role in protecting public health by increasing productivity, lowering ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Poisoning, Viral Infection, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

Health Tip: Throwing Out Leftover Medicine

Posted 17 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

--If your medicine cabinet is chock-full of expired or unneeded medications, you can throw them out properly without endangering your family or harming the environment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration describes how: Follow any disposal instructions that came with your meds. If there are no disposal instructions, remove the drugs from their containers and mix the meds with something like used coffee grounds or used kitty litter. These substances should make the medications less appealing to people or pets. Place the mixture in a sealed bag to prevent leakage. Scratch out prescription labels to protect your identity. Don't flush medication down the sink or toilet. Until the meds are disposed of properly, store them safely away from children and pets. Check if any nearby hospitals, pharmacies or retailers are registered as collectors with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Some ... Read more

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ER Rates Soar as Toddlers Ingest Pot, French Study Finds

Posted 14 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 – Emergency room admissions for toddlers accidentally intoxicated by marijuana increased 133 percent over a decade in France, a new study finds. With more states legalizing medical and recreational use of marijuana, U.S. experts say the French findings are highly relevant in the United States as well. "The data was pretty concerning, but certainly not surprising," said Dr. Allen Dozor, who wasn't involved in the research. He directs the Children's Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley in Valhalla, N.Y. "There's more cannabis [marijuana] around and what have we learned? Again, for the thousandth time, young children are incredibly sensitive to toxins," Dozor added. "As drugs go, cannabis is pretty well-tolerated, but not in a kid who's a year old." Cannabis use is illegal in France, but it is still the highest drug-consuming country in Europe, according ... Read more

Related support groups: Poisoning, Cannabis, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

U.S. Opioid Crisis Continues to Worsen

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Drug overdose deaths continue to climb in the United States, despite efforts to combat the nation's ongoing opioid addiction crisis, a new federal report states. The drug overdose death rate reached 19.9 cases for every 100,000 people during the late summer of 2016, compared with 16.7 cases per 100,000 the year before, the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) stated in its quarterly mortality report. The 12-month overdose death rate also showed an increase. The rate was 18.5 overdose deaths per 100,000 people for the 12-month period ending in September 2016, compared with 16.1 deaths per 100,000 during the same period a year before, the NCHS said. The increase shows that drug deaths have continued to rise from 2015, which itself had been a record-breaking year for overdose deaths. A total 52,404 people died from overdose in 2015, a 75 percent ... Read more

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