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Household Products May Pollute the Air as Much as Your Car Does: Study

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Everyday products such as perfume, skin lotion, hair spray, deodorant, household cleaners and lawn pesticides are a top source of air pollution, as damaging to air quality as the exhaust from cars and trucks, a new report shows. Consumer products containing compounds refined from petroleum all release small amounts of smog-producing particles into the air, the ...

Do Common Household Chemicals Affect Your Weight?

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – After losing weight, many dieters soon regain much of what they took off. Now, research hints that chemicals lurking in clothing and furniture may play a role in this frustrating yo-yo cycle. Widely used manmade chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may undermine dieters' attempts to maintain weight loss by slowing down the body's metabolism, the new study ...

'Bug Bomb' Foggers Still Making People Sick

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – Improperly used "bug bombs" are making Americans sick – and improved labeling isn't helping, government health officials say. Pesticide foggers are often used indoors to combat insects, such as fleas, cockroaches and bed bugs. But directions must be followed carefully because breathing the spray mist can cause respiratory and gastrointestinal problems. More than 3,200 ...

California May Slap Cancer Warning on Coffee, But Should Java Lovers Panic?

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – A lawsuit working its way through California's courts could mean that the Golden State's coffee shops might have to post cancer warnings for the beloved beverage. But cancer and toxicology experts say that's no reason to avoid your morning cup of Joe. The lawsuit, first filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2010, was brought against a number of companies by a ...

Carbon Monoxide Hazards Rise in Wintry Weather

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 – Along with other hazards, winter storms bring with them an increased risk for illness and death from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a gas known as the silent killer because you can't see, smell or taste it, Dr. Diane Calello explained in a news release from Rutgers University. To reduce your risk for carbon monoxide exposure and poisoning, Calello, medical ...

Teens Eating Detergent 'Pods': Latest Web Fad Brings Big Dangers

Posted 19 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – You've gotta be kidding me. That's gotta be fake. That's the understandable first reaction of many to the viral phenomenon dubbed the "Tide Pod Challenge." Sad to say, it's real. Prompted by internet dares, dozens of U.S. teenagers in recent weeks have popped liquid laundry detergent packets from a variety of manufacturers into their mouths just to see what happens, ...

Health Tip: If You're Stuck Inside During a Winter Storm

Posted 17 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Winter storms are a fact of life in many cold climates. And if conditions are bad enough, the safest place is probably your home. The National Weather Service suggests what to do if you're stuck inside: If using a fireplace or wood stove, make sure these devices are properly vented. If you have a gas furnace, make sure its exhaust pipe isn't blocked by a snowdrift, as soon as it's safe to go ...

Beware Carbon Monoxide Dangers When Cold Weather Strikes

Posted 6 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – As temperatures plummet across the northern half of the United States this weekend, gas heating use goes up. So does the risk for accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. That's because carbon monoxide exposure is both highly toxic and very hard to detect. The gas is colorless, tasteless and odorless. As a result, more than 20,000 Americans seek emergency care each year for ...

Could Your Salon Visit Make You Sick?

Posted 27 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – Holiday parties and gatherings mean more trips to nail and hair salons for some. But if you're not careful, you might end up picking up more than you bargained for. In a recent small survey of nail and hair salon clients, more than two-thirds said they'd had one or more health issues after visiting a salon. These included skin problems, fungal infections and ...

Road Salt Good for Winter Driving, Bad for Wells

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 25, 2017 – The salt that makes icy roads safe in winter may not be so good for your drinking water, researchers report. After testing the salt content of water in ponds and streams in the Baltimore area, scientists found sodium (salt) levels have been rising for the past few decades. "Current stormwater management practices don't completely stop chemicals from reaching streams and ...

Tips for Poison-Free Holidays

Posted 23 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 22, 2017 – Though the threat of accidental poisoning rises during the holidays, you can take steps to lower that risk, poison control experts say. "The holidays are an exciting time of the year, but present a host of opportunities for poisonings to occur," said Stephen Kaminski, CEO and executive director of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. "The good news is that ...

Put Safety on Your Toy Shopping List

Posted 20 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 20, 2017 – As time gets tight for holiday gift-buying, you might have an urge to grab whatever's still on the shelf. But when it comes to toys, keep safety in mind, health experts say. The first step is to check the age recommendation on the toy's label. "Parents often think their child will 'grow into' a toy, but that can be dangerous with something like a bike, if the child ...

Health Tip: Avoid Eating Raw Dough

Posted 18 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- No matter how tempting it is to sneak a taste of raw cookie dough, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you shouldn't. Raw dough can harbor dangerous bacteria. The CDC suggests: Never eat raw dough or batter. Don't let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts. Make sure raw dough is cooked to the proper temperature. Don't eat shakes or ice cream with ...

Health Tip: Childproof Your Home

Posted 30 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Childproofing a home is important even after your little one reaches toddlerhood. KidsHealth.org offers these suggestions to make your home safer for kids of all ages: Keep guns locked in a sturdy cabinet. Keep coin lithium ("button") batteries out of a child's reach. They may be deadly if swallowed. Keep choking hazards,poisonous substances, hot and sharp items out of reach. Have a child use ...

Health Tip: Safety Advice for the Holidays

Posted 17 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – The joyous holidays may end up being a nightmare if a child gets hurt during the festivities. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep little ones safe: Clean up immediately after a holiday party. A toddler could choke on leftover food or come in contact with alcohol or tobacco. Keep in mind that homes you visit may not be childproof. Identify all danger ...

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