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A Family Tragedy Highlights Carbon Monoxide Danger

Posted 1 day ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 – It was a chilly morning in Louisville, so Juvenal Garcia Mora warmed up the car inside the garage before planning to drive his two children to school. By the next day, all three were dead – victims of a tragedy that highlights the dangers of carbon monoxide. Mora, 39, his 3-year-old son, Cruz, and daughter, Mayra, 8, were found unresponsive in the garage on Nov. 28. ...

A Family Tragedy Highlights Carbon Monoxide Danger

Posted 1 day ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 – It was a chilly morning in Louisville, so Juvenal Garcia Mora warmed up the car inside the garage before planning to drive his two children to school. By the next day, all three were dead – victims of a tragedy that highlights the dangers of carbon monoxide. Mora, 39, his 3-year-old son, Cruz, and daughter, Mayra, 8, were found unresponsive in the garage on Nov. 28. ...

Hispanics Bear Brunt of Exposure to Workplace Hazards: Study

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 – Exposure to metals and pesticides at work could increase risk of heart disease, researchers say. Hispanic workers in the United States may be especially vulnerable because of language barriers and lower levels of education, the study authors noted. "Exposure to metals and pesticides is common worldwide, and this study highlights the need to better understand the risks ...

Could Soaps, Shampoos Be Pushing Girls Into Early Puberty?

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – Exposure to chemicals found in a wide array of personal care products has been linked to early puberty among girls, a new investigation warns. The issue centers on specific chemicals including phthalates, parabens and phenols. They're found in an array of products, including perfumes, soaps, shampoos, nail polish, cosmetics, toothpaste, lipstick, hairsprays and skin ...

Toxic Amounts of Vitamin D Spur Dog Food Recall

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – Eight brands of dry dog food have been recalled because of potentially deadly amounts of vitamin D, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Vitamin D is an important nutrient for dogs. But too much can cause symptoms such as vomiting, appetite loss, increased thirst and urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Toxic levels of the vitamin can lead to kidney ...

Is All Well With Your Drinking Water?

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 – More than 15 million homes in the United States get their water from private wells, according to federal estimates. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates public drinking water, people with private wells need to check their water themselves, along with other maintenance steps. This is especially important if you're thinking about having a baby. Many ...

Health Tip: Limit Exposure to BPA

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in the production of some plastics, the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences says. It also may be found in food and drink packaging, and as lacquers to coat metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops and water supply pipes. Some studies have linked BPA to fertility and heart problems. The agency suggests how to reduce potential ...

Are Food Additives Good or Bad? Consumer Views Vary

Posted 20 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 – Many Americans believe they face health risks from food additives, but plenty of others think that additives in small amounts won't harm them, a new survey finds. It seems the United States is divided about the harms and benefits of modern food production practices. Specifically, 51 percent of Americans say they could be sickened by food additives, but 48 percent believe ...

Health Tip: Keep Toxins from Your Home

Posted 8 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The average home may be riddled with substances that are potentially toxic. These substances can lurk in building materials, cookware, cleaning products, shower curtains, furniture, carpet and other common items, the National Institutes of Health says. Removing these substances can help keep you and your family safer, the agency advises. Here are its suggestions: Clean with products that are ...

Lead in Hair Dyes Must Go: FDA

Posted 30 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said that hair dyes can no longer contain lead. The new rule does not take effect for 12 months, but it ends the only remaining legal use of lead, a neurotoxin, in cosmetic products in the United States. "In the nearly 40 years since lead acetate was initially approved as a color additive, our understanding of the hazards ...

FDA Too Quick to Call BPA Chemical Safe, Health Experts Say

Posted 23 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration "jumped the gun" when it declared the chemical BPA safe for consumers earlier this year, experts from the Endocrine Society claimed Tuesday. The FDA asserted in February that its "initial review supports our determination that currently authorized uses of BPA continue to be safe for consumers." But the FDA made that statement without ...

You Probably Have 'Microplastics' in Your Poop: Study

Posted 23 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 – There's a good chance a dose of tiny plastic particles has taken up residence in your gut, a new, small study argues. Microplastics, as they are called, were found in stool samples from a handful of volunteers located across Europe and Asia, researchers report. Every single person out of the group of 8 had microplastics in their stool, on average about 20 particles for ...

Many Supplements Still Contain Dangerous Stimulants: Study

Posted 22 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 – The U.S. Drug and Food Administration has repeatedly warned manufacturers that many dietary supplements contain dangerous, experimental stimulants. But according to a new report, 75 percent of supplements tested still contain the compounds. "Consumers turn to supplements for safe, natural ways to increase energy, improve workouts or lose weight," said study author Dr. ...

As Hurricane Michael Nears, Expert Warns of Gas-Powered Generator Dangers

Posted 10 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 – Hurricane Michael, now a powerful category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall in northern Florida Wednesday. And as with every such storm, power outages will occur, along with the risk of deadly carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from gas-powered generators. "Unfortunately, poison control centers continue to see surges in generator-associated carbon monoxide poisonings ...

Health Tip: Keep Your Home's Air Quality Safer

Posted 27 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Indoor air may actually harbor more hazardous pollutants than outdoor air, the National Safety Council says. These may include cigarette smoke, chemical odors, lead, mold, radon and pesticide residues, the agency says. Here are its recommendations for how to keep your home's air safer: Test your home for radon. Keep your car and home smoke-free. Control moisture, and clean up any mold ...

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