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Research Links Long-Banned Insecticide DDT to Autism

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 – High levels of exposure to the insecticide DDT in women seems to more than double the risk of autism in their children, new research suggests. The study looked for a link between the development of autism and two common environmental chemicals – DDT and PCBs. PCBs are chemicals that were used in many products, especially transformers and electrical equipment. In this ...

Jury Awards $289 Million in Case Linking Weed Killer to Man's Cancer

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

A $289 million award against Monsanto in a case linking its Roundup weed killer to terminal cancer in a former school groundskeeper may lead to similar judgments against the company, according to the man's lawyers. The ruling in favor of Dewayne Johnson, 46, was announced in San Francisco Friday. Roundup contributed to Johnson's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Monsanto should have provided a warning ...

Food Additives a Toxic Mix for Kids

Posted 23 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 – Chemicals used to preserve, package and enhance food can harm children's health, a leading pediatricians' group says. A growing mound of scientific evidence has linked these chemicals to changes in children's hormone systems, which can alter their normal development and increase their risk of childhood obesity, the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement ...

FDA Warns of Deaths Tied to Tainted Synthetic Pot

Posted 20 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 – Synthetic marijuana products contaminated with an ingredient found in rat poison have caused several deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations in the United States recently, federal health officials report. The contaminant – a blood thinner called brodifacoum – can cause severe bleeding and has been found in synthetic marijuana products with names such as K2 and Spice, ...

Giant Hogweed Can Burn Skin and Eyes, and It's Spreading

Posted 26 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 – Giant hogweed is much like a Dr. Seuss nightmare – a towering, invasive plant with toxic sap that burns the skin and eyes upon contact. But the noxious weed is not imaginary, with a dozen states now on the lookout to eradicate any patches of giant hogweed that might crop up, experts say. The plant grows 8 to 14 feet tall, with a green hollow stem rising up to branches ...

Honey Helps When Kids Swallow Button Batteries

Posted 12 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 – Children who accidentally swallow button batteries should immediately be given honey to reduce their risk of serious injury and death, according to a new study done with pigs. "Button batteries are ingested by children more than 2,500 times a year in the United States, with more than a 12-fold increase in fatal outcomes in the last decade compared to the prior decade," ...

Toxins in BBQ Fumes May Be Absorbed Through the Skin

Posted 23 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 – When you fire up the grill for your Memorial Day cookout, beware: Those tantalizing aromas hold an underestimated health risk. Grilling meats at a high temperature can produce cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). You can be exposed to significant PAH levels simply by breathing in the sweet scent of barbecue. A new study from China ...

Arsenic and Rice: What You Need to Know

Posted 11 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 11 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 3 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 30 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 ...

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