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Just How Safe Is That Baby Teether?

Posted 1 day 11 hours ago by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 – A chemical that's banned from baby bottles and children's drinking cups is still widely used in baby teethers, a new study finds. Researchers in the United States who tested five dozen baby teethers found all of them contained bisphenol-A (BPA) and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Studies in animals have shown that endocrine disruptors interfere with hormones and cause developmental, reproductive and neurological harm, according to the study authors. Although most of the teethers were labeled BPA-free or non-toxic, all of them contained BPA, the study found. BPA is banned from children's drinking utensils in the United States and much of Europe. The teethers also contained a range of parabens and the antimicrobial agents triclosan and triclocarban, which are also endocrine disruptors, the researchers said. "The findings could be used to develop ... Read more

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Pesticide Exposures May Alter Mouth Bacteria

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MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Pesticide exposure may change the makeup of bacteria in the mouths of farm workers, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Washington analyzed swabs taken from the mouths of 65 adult farm workers and 52 adults who didn't work on farms. All lived in Washington's Yakima Valley. The farm workers had higher blood levels of pesticides, and greater changes in their mouth bacteria than non-farm workers, the study found. The most significant finding was in farm workers who had the organophosphate pesticide Azinphos-methyl in their blood. In this group, researchers found significantly reduced quantities of seven common groups of oral bacteria. Among those was Streptococcus, which first author Ian Stanaway called "one of the most common normal microbiota in the mouth." He's a doctoral candidate in environmental toxicology. Stanaway noted that previous studies ... Read more

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Mercury Levels Dropping in North Atlantic Tuna

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – Mercury levels in one tuna species have decreased along with industrial emissions of the dangerous chemical element, a new study finds. The results suggest that reductions in mercury emissions could quickly result in lower mercury levels in some species of ocean fish, according to researcher Nicholas Fisher and colleagues. Fisher is a professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. Mercury, a neurotoxin, can harm the nervous system of humans. It accumulates in tuna and other types of fish, which has led to warnings against eating too much tuna, the researchers said in background notes. Although increased coal burning in Asia has raised mercury emissions globally, levels have fallen in North America 2.8 percent a year between 1990 and 2007, the researchers said. Over a similar period, mercury in north ... Read more

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Opioid Overdoses Up Nearly 200 Percent Among Kids, Teens

Posted 31 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 – The number of young children and teens hospitalized for overdosing on opioid painkillers has spiked nearly 200 percent in recent years, a new study finds. Among children under 10, most of the painkiller poisonings were accidental, with children "eating them like candy," said lead researcher Julie Gaither, a postdoctoral fellow in biostatistics at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. Among teens, most were accidental overdoses, although some were suicide attempts. In both age groups, the increase in cases involving painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin was dramatic. Among children aged 1 to 4 years, the number of poisonings went up 205 percent from 1997 to 2012. For teens 15 to 19, the increase was 176 percent. Overall, the study showed a 165 percent increase in poisonings from opioid painkillers among those 19 and younger. In addition, ... Read more

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Some Mexican Ceramics Can Serve Up Lead Poisoning

Posted 20 Oct 2016 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – A charming ceramic reminder of a Mexican vacation could end up giving you lead poisoning, a new study warns. Exposure to high concentrations of lead – often found in glazes that line traditional Mexican ceramics, cookware and dishware – can be toxic after extended periods of handling, Canadian researchers report. The issue has long been on the radar of public health professionals, but was highlighted recently by the lead poisoning of a 55-year-old Canadian woman. She frequently used ceramic dishware picked up in Mexico. "Every time she poured hot water into her mug, lead was seeping out of the glaze and into her tea," explained study lead author Dr. Michael Fralick. He's a general internist at the University of Toronto and a research fellow in pharmacoepidemiology at Harvard University. According to the case report, the woman had been repeatedly hospitalized ... Read more

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How to Guard Against Deadly Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted 13 Oct 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 – You can't smell it or see it, but carbon monoxide can be deadly, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Anything that burns gasoline, wood, coal, oil and propane – including home heating and cooking equipment – can be a source of this dangerous gas, the fire association explains. That's why it's important to have your heating system professionally serviced once a year, along with any other appliances such as water heaters or stoves that burn these fuels. To protect your family, install carbon monoxide detectors outside every sleeping area and on every floor of your home, the fire association advises. Multiple detectors can be connected; if one picks up carbon monoxide, all of the alarms will sound. The NFPA also provides these tips: Make sure the detector you buy has a label indicating it was tested in a reputable laboratory. Follow ... Read more

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How Older People Can Head Off Dangerous Drug Interactions

Posted 25 Sep 2016 by

SATURDAY, Sept. 24, 2016 – Potentially serious drug interactions are a daily threat to older people who take multiple medications and supplements, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. One drug can affect the effectiveness of other drugs and how your body uses them. For example, your kidney and liver may not work as well, which affects how drugs are broken down and leave your body, the FDA said. "There is no question that physiology changes as we age. Many chronic medical conditions don't even appear until our later years," Dr. Sandra Kweder, an FDA medical officer, said in an agency news release. "It's not that people are falling to pieces; some changes are just part of the normal aging process." The FDA says these safety tips will help prevent harmful drug interactions or side effects: Follow your doctor's directions. You shouldn't take drugs that your doctor doesn't ... Read more

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45 Potential Toxins Found in Household Dust

Posted 14 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 – Household dust contains a wide range of toxic chemicals, potentially exposing people to harmful compounds in their own homes, a new evidence review contends. Researchers identified 45 potentially toxic chemicals in dust samples from homes in 14 states. These chemicals come from a broad array of consumer products, including furniture, carpeting, drapes, electronics and toys, said lead author Ami Zota. She's an assistant professor at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, D.C. "Indoor dust is a reservoir for consumer-product chemicals," Zota said. "Many of the times when these chemicals are added to consumer products, they're not chemically bound to the products. They can migrate out of the product and into the air or dust," she explained. The 26 studies analyzed did not evaluate whether the chemicals are causing ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Kids Away From Button Batteries

Posted 5 Sep 2016 by

-- Tiny button batteries can be found in watches, kids' toys and other household items, but they pose big dangers for small children. Follow this advice from the National Safety Council: Go through items in your home to find any items that contain button batteries. Purchase only batteries that come in child-safe packaging. Store any extra batteries out of a child's reach. Keep devices that contain button batteries out of a child's reach. Take precautions with toys that belong to older children to make sure the younger ones can't reach those. Tell friends, family, sitters and others about the dangers of button batteries. Read more

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Synthetic Fentanyl Fueling Surge in Overdose Deaths: CDC

Posted 25 Aug 2016 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 – Deaths from overdoses of the synthetic narcotic fentanyl have surged in recent years, U.S. health officials say in a troubling new report. As more fentanyl was sold illegally on the streets, the number of fatal overdoses jumped 79 percent in 27 states from 2013 to 2014, the government report found, while law enforcement seizures of the drug increased 426 percent in eight of those 27 states. "Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and it is available by prescription, but evidence indicates that illicitly made fentanyl is more likely a powder mixed with heroin and or sold as heroin," said report author R. Matthew Gladden. He's a behavioral scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fentanyl crisis is being driven by products made illegally, not by the diversion of prescription fentanyl, Gladden ... Read more

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6 Million Americans Drink Carcinogen-Tainted Water: Report

Posted 9 Aug 2016 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 – Millions of Americans are exposed to unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals in their drinking water that may trigger a host of health problems, researchers report. Those health problems can range from cancer to higher cholesterol levels to compromised immune systems and hormonal disruptions, the scientists said. The levels of these chemicals, known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), exceed government-recommended safety levels for at least 6 million people in the United States, the study found. "These chemicals may have complicated names, but people are exposed to them in nonstick cookware and packaging – things we use in our lives," said lead researcher Cindy Hu, from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's department of environmental health. "These chemicals have concerning health effects, and drinking water is one of the main ways ... Read more

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Toddlers at High Risk of Chemical Eye Burns: Study

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 – Children aged 1 and 2 years have relatively high rates of chemical eye burns, with everyday cleaners a common cause, researchers say. The new study, based on U.S. emergency department visits at specific years of age, refutes the belief that workplace chemicals are the most common cause of these potentially blinding eye injuries. "Household cleaners are a huge culprit," said Dr. R. Sterling Haring, who led the study. Spray bottles frequently have been implicated in other research, he said. "The rates among 1-year-olds are 1.5 times higher than the highest rate of [eye] injury for working-age adults," said Haring, a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The toddlers' injuries occur at home most often and are more common among lower-income families. They also are more common in the South, according to the analysis of ... Read more

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Edible Pot Sends Toddlers to Colorado ERs

Posted 25 Jul 2016 by

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 – Young children in Colorado are winding up in the emergency room after ingesting pot-laced goodies left out in the open by adults, doctors report. In 2014, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana. Shortly after, a sharp increase occurred in the number of Colorado kids younger than 10 who fell ill after being exposed to pot, researchers found. Edible products – cannabis-laced brownies, cookies, candy and the like – were responsible for about half of these cases, said senior study author Dr. Genie Roosevelt, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist with the Denver Health and Hospital Authority. "Edible marijuana products look very much like a regular food product, and so they're very attractive to kids because it's candy and baked goods, and also very palatable," Roosevelt said. The average rate of marijuana-related ... Read more

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3 in 4 Youngsters Exposed to Laundry Pod Detergent Suffer Poisoning

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 – Brightly colored laundry detergent pods pose a much greater risk to young children than other types of detergents, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed information on 36,000 American children treated at emergency departments for exposure to laundry detergent. The exposures occurred between 2012 and 2014. Among these kids, 10,000 came into contact with detergent in laundry pods, and 26,000 had contact with other types of laundry detergent, the study said. Children younger than age 6 accounted for 94 percent of laundry pod cases. Kids under 6 were only involved in cases of contact with other types of laundry detergent 72 percent of the time, the findings showed. Nearly three-quarters of children exposed to detergent from laundry pods were diagnosed with poisoning. Meanwhile, about three-quarters of those exposed to loose liquid or powder detergents were ... Read more

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Beware Broken Glow Sticks

Posted 5 Jul 2016 by

MONDAY, July 4, 2016 – Letting kids chew or cut glow sticks is a bad idea, health experts say. While safer than sparklers and fireworks, pliable glow-in-the-dark products are easily broken open when put in the mouth. The contents can irritate the skin, eyes and mouth, the experts warn. Some glow products contain a chemical called dibutyl phthalate (DBP). The liquid typically causes immediate stinging and a burning sensation in the mouth and eyes, according to the Nebraska Regional Poison Center in Omaha. Last year, the poison center received 321 calls about glow products. Here are some tips from the poison-control experts: If ingested, the bitter-tasting chemical will likely cause brief discomfort in the mouth. Thorough rinsing should help. If the liquid gets on the skin, wash it off immediately to prevent the child from rubbing the chemical in the eyes. If it gets in the eyes, it will ... Read more

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