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When Grandparents Raise Grandkids, Are They Up to Date on Child Safety?

Posted 4 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 – Almost 3 million grandparents in the United States are raising their grandchildren, but outdated health practices and myths may be putting some of those youngsters at risk, new research contends. "When grandparents step up to the plate, it can be wonderful for grandchildren but can also pose challenges in terms of lifestyle, finances and mental and physical health to a somewhat older or elderly cohort," said senior investigator Dr. Andrew Adesman. He is chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. More than 600 grandparents raising their grandchildren completed a questionnaire for the study. Their answers revealed that 44 percent mistakenly believed that "ice baths are a good way to bring down a very high fever." But ice baths can cause hypothermia. The study also revealed that nearly one-quarter of ... Read more

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4 in 10 Americans Still Breathe Dirty Air

Posted 19 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Air quality in the United States is improving overall, but not enough for the nearly 40 percent of Americans who live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution. That's the conclusion of the American Lung Association's annual report, which shows that 125 million Americans were exposed to high levels of either ozone or particle pollution in 2013-15. This puts them at risk for premature death and other serious health threats such as lung cancer, asthma attacks, cardiovascular damage, and developmental and reproductive problems, the report said. "This year's 'State of the Air' report is a testament to the success of the Clean Air Act, which has reduced air pollution in much of the nation," Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, said in a news release from the organization. "As a result, Americans' lung health is far better ... Read more

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Thinking of Going Organic?

Posted 19 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – For many people, eating healthy means eating organic whenever possible. But choosing only organic foods can take effort and be costly. So when does it make the most sense? Experts from the University of Texas suggest feeding young children organic foods whenever possible to limit their exposure to pesticides. Adults should make their primary goal to eat healthy in general. In other words, make sure you're getting enough fruits and vegetables in your diet before worrying about whether they're organic. Next, add in organic foods as your budget allows. Some organic fruits and vegetables are only slightly more expensive than non-organic varieties, so focus on them before the more expensive ones. You might also look for foods on which organic has the most impact. Generally, produce that you peel before eating will have less pesticide residue so it makes more ... Read more

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Chemicals Found in Many U.S. Streams: Study

Posted 12 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – The mixture of pollutants in many U.S. streams are more complicated and potentially more dangerous than previously thought, a new study suggests. Researchers checked for 719 organic chemicals in water samples from 38 streams across the United States and found more than half of those chemicals in the different samples. Every stream – even those in wild and uninhabited areas – had at least one of the chemicals and some had as many as 162, the study found. It was led by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency. The detected chemicals included: insecticides and herbicides, along with byproducts from their degradation; antibacterials such as triclosan; and medications such as antihistamines and the diabetes drug metformin. Some of the chemicals were often detected together in streams. Further research is needed to ... Read more

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Household Flame Retardants Tied to Thyroid Cancer Risk

Posted 11 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – Flame retardants used in many home furnishings may boost the risk for thyroid cancer, researchers report. "Thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in the U.S., with most of the increase in new cases being papillary thyroid cancer," said study lead investigator Dr. Julie Ann Sosa. This is the most common type of thyroid cancer. "Recent studies suggest that environmental factors may, in part, be responsible for this increase," added Sosa, a professor of surgery and medicine at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. The study researchers focused on a class of flame retardants known as PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers). They've been used to prevent or delay fires in building materials, electronics, furnishings, cars and airplanes, plastics, foams and textiles. Animal studies have shown that several classes of flame retardants interfere ... Read more

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How to Protect Your Child From Accidental Poisoning

Posted 9 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, April 9, 2017 – Young children are at high risk for accidental poisoning, so parents and other caregivers need to take precautions, a pediatric toxicologist says. Children under age 6 account for about half of the more than 2 million poisonings reported each year to U.S. poison centers, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Moreover, more than eight of 10 calls to poison control centers occur at home, said Dr. Cyrus Rangan, of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Medications and household chemicals are among the major culprits. For example, swallowing medication left within reach sends more than 60,000 children to U.S. emergency rooms each year. Given enough time, kids can break into tamper-resistant bottles. Parents must keep medications up high and locked away so that they are "out of sight, out of reach, out of mind," said Rangan, who is also assistant ... Read more

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City Snow May Be Fouled by Pollution From Cars

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – There's nothing quite like taking a deep breath of the crisp, clean air right after a snowstorm in a city. But once the snow starts to melt, you may be breathing in toxins from car pollution, researchers report. "We found that snow absorbs certain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which are organic pollutants known to be toxic and carcinogenic," said study author Yevgen Nazarenko, a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University in Montreal. Study senior author Parisa Ariya said, "Understanding how these pollutants interact with the environment, including snow, is crucial if we are to reduce the hundreds of thousands of premature deaths caused by mild air pollution in North America." "Worldwide, air pollution claims as many as 8 million lives," Ariya added in a university news release. She's a professor in the department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the ... Read more

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Cats Absorb Flame Retardants -- Likely That Children Do Too

Posted 5 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 – House cats can have high levels of flame-retardant chemicals in their blood, say researchers, warning that young children might, too. The contaminants were in house dust, according to Swedish researchers who took dust samples from 17 homes and blood samples from the resident cats. "The brominated flame retardants that have been measured in cats are known [hormone] disruptors," said study author Jana Weiss. She's with Stockholm University's department of environmental science and analytical chemistry. "It's particularly serious when small children ingest these [flame-retardant chemicals], because exposure during development could have consequences later in life, such as thyroid disease," Weiss said in a university news release. The fire-inhibiting chemicals are found in textiles, electronics and furniture. They eventually become dust and pose a health hazard, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Poison-Proof Your Bathroom

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Many drugs and household products kept in the bathroom can be dangerous to children. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep kids safer: Store medications in containers with sealed caps inside a locked cabinet. Safely dispose of all expired meds. Keep a separate storage area for daily-use items, such as shampoo and toothpaste, away from where you store dangerous items. Do not take medication in front of children, to avoid "copy-catting" you. Never refer to medicine as candy. Read any medication's label before you administer the drug. If giving medication in the middle of the night, always turn on a light. Read more

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Lead Exposure as Child, Lower IQ as Adult?

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – Adults who had high levels of lead exposure during childhood may have lower IQs and poorer-paying jobs as adults, a new study suggests. Researchers followed more than 500 New Zealanders from birth in the 1970s to adulthood. When the study began, New Zealand had some of the highest gasoline lead levels in the world. Breathing in leaded gas fumes, or playing with soil near busy roads, could heighten lead exposure since dust particles containing lead comes from car tailpipes, the researchers said. Blood samples of the study participants collected at age 11 were tested for lead. Assessments of thinking and memory skills were also regularly conducted during the study. At age 38, those participants who had more than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood at age 11 had IQs an average of 4.25 points lower than those with lower lead levels as kids. They also had ... Read more

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Spring-Clean Your Medicine Cabinet to Safeguard Your Kids

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – When you learn that just 1 in 5 Americans locks up prescription drugs, it's not surprising to hear that thousands of children are treated for accidental medication overdoses each year. A new Consumer Reports survey of more than 1,000 adults also found that more than one-quarter of Americans hang on to unused drugs "until they're used up." This ups the odds for misuse, too. "People may not realize how dangerous certain medications can be for a child," said Lisa Gill, deputy editor of Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. "Pills within easy reach can be as dangerous as a loaded gun, particularly narcotic painkillers, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin," she said. The bottom line: "If you have these pills at home, and you have children around, we urge you to lock them up," Gill said. The magazine staff also recommends cleaning out your medicine cabinet once a year ... Read more

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Health Highlights: March 13, 2017

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Consumer Advocates Pan Trump's Choice for FDA Head A former top official in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during the administration of President George W. Bush is President Donald Trump's choice to lead the agency. The nomination of Scott Gottlieb, 44, was welcomed by drug industry executives but criticized by consumer advocates, who said he is too deeply tied to pharmaceutical companies, The New York Times reported. Gottlieb is a partner at a venture capital fund with extensive links to the medicine and biotech industries. "He is basically entangled in an unprecedented web of ties to big pharma," Dr. Michael Carome, director of the health research group at the consumer organization Public Citizen, told The Times. "He is someone who has been an industry shill and has spent ... Read more

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Rising Number of Kids Ill From Drinking Hand Sanitizers: CDC

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Gel hand sanitizer dispensers are ubiquitous now in American homes and schools, but a new government report suggests a rise in kids getting sick after ingesting the products. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers tracked illnesses from 2011 to 2014 for children aged 12 and under. The investigators believe some kids in the higher age range may be drinking sanitizers because of the products' high alcohol content. "Older children [aged 6-12 years] were more likely to report intentional ingestion and to have adverse health effects and worse outcomes than were younger children, suggesting that older children might be deliberately misusing or abusing alcohol hand sanitizers," wrote the team led by Dr. Cynthia Santos, of the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health. According to the researchers, hand sanitizers often contain up to 60 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Use Caution When Applying Hair Dye

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Hair dye contains chemicals that can be absorbed by the skin, so you should be careful when coloring your hair. The American Cancer Society advises: Follow packaging instructions, especially portions containing warnings and precautions. Before dyeing hair, do a patch test to check for a skin reaction. Do this even if you have used the same dye before. Wear gloves when applying dye. Never mix different dyes. Leave the dye on only for the recommended amount of time. Rinse thoroughly. Never dye eyebrows or eyelashes. Read more

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As Pot Legalization Advances, Pediatricians Warn of Dangers

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging doctors to protect children from the harms of marijuana as the nation becomes increasingly tolerant of the drug's use. "Marijuana is not a benign drug, especially for teens. Their brains are still developing, and marijuana can cause abnormal and unhealthy changes," said Dr. Seth Ammerman in an AAP news release. He's one of the authors of a new report by the academy. The authors said the report tries to rebut any perceptions that marijuana is safe, even as 29 states and Washington, D.C. allow its use for medical purposes, recreational use or both. Regular use of pot by kids may contribute to addiction, depression, psychosis, lung problems, memory and attention problems, and impaired driving, the AAP said. The report authors noted that research suggests modern marijuana is stronger than it was 20 years ago. They ... Read more

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