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Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School

Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School

Kids with asthma may shy away from using an inhaler in the middle of school. A survey indicates that about 50 percent of school children had poor control of asthma.

Key takeaways:

– Exposure to triggers will make the lungs and airways of children with asthma become inflamed prompting attacks.

– 42 percent of schoolchildren didn’t feel comfortable using inhalers at school while 29 percent did not use inhalers when they had wheezing.

– The use of inhalers that contain either short-acting or long-acting medication helps prevent asthma attacks from happening.

These findings will inform the development of a school-based intervention, aimed at improving adherence to medication, knowledge and control.

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https://consumer.healthday.com/respiratory-and-allergy-information-2/asthma-news-47/many-students-reluctant-to-use-asthma-inhalers-at-school-721176.html

Gut Bacteria May Protect Infants from Intestinal Infection

Gut Bacteria May Protect Infants from Intestinal Infection

Gut Bacteria May Protect Infants from Intestinal InfectionGastrointestinal infections are caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites and are associated with diarrhea and vomiting. In children, Salmonella and E. coli are major causes of gastroenteritis.

Key takeaways:

– Even though Salmonella and E. coli infection should resolve within 4 to 10 days, children have weak immune systems that make them susceptible to complications.

– Scientists now reveal that the lack of protective bacteria in the gut microbiota is more of a factor than the age of the immune system.

– Clostridia, a bacterial species, help reduce the harmful bacteria in the gut and effectively reduce the risk of death.

The team is beginning to look at what role breast milk plays in establishing a newborn’s gut microbiome and how weaning to solids transfers microbes from the outside world to the child’s gut.

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317021.php

Study Cites Factors Linked to Suicide in the Young

Study Cites Factors Linked to Suicide in the Young

Study Cites Factors Linked to Suicide in the YoungA new study reveals that teens and young adults who hail from troubled backgrounds have a greater risk of committing suicide. For purposes of the study, the researchers followed participants to the age of 24 years.

Key takeaways:

– Exposure to parental mental health problems, parental criminal behavior and suicide in the family predisposes kids to committing suicide.

– Childhood adversities that serve as indicators include death in the family, household receiving public assistance, parental criminality, parental substance abuse, parental psychiatric disorder, parental separation/single-parent household, and residential instability.

– The risk of suicide was particularly high among children who undergo two or more childhood adversities.

The findings emphasize the importance of understanding the social mechanisms of suicide and the need for effective interventions early in life aimed at alleviating the suicide risk in disadvantaged children.

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http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20170420/study-cites-factors-linked-to-suicide-in-the-young

Don't Give Kids Medicines with Codeine, Tramadol: FDA

Don’t Give Kids Medicines with Codeine, Tramadol: FDA

Drugs that contain narcotics such as codeine and tramadol can lead to life-threatening breathing problems in children. Parents are advised to avoid giving their children these medications.

Key takeaways:

  • Increased levels of narcotics in blood will cause an overdose especially because of small body size.
  • The labels on any medication containing codeine or tramadol will be changed and strengthened to highlight the potential side effects.
  • Nursing mothers are advised against using these drugs to prevent passing unsafe levels to their children through breast milk.

Finally, the FDA said that these drugs should not be used in children 12 to 18 who are obese, suffer from obstructive sleep apnea or have a weakened respiratory system, as they can increase the chances of dangerous breathing problems.

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https://consumer.healthday.com/bone-and-joint-information-4/opioids-990/don-t-give-kids-medicines-with-codeine-tramadol-fda-721894.html

Men More Prone to Severe Psoriasis: Study

Men More Prone to Severe Psoriasis: Study

A new study carried out in Sweden indicates that severe psoriasis is more common in men than in women. These findings explain why more men seek treatment for psoriasis.

Key takeaways:

– Women had a lower rate of severe psoriasis and it was true across all age groups and for all body parts except for the head.

– Unlike other autoimmune diseases that are more severe in women, psoriasis is highly prevalent in men.

– These findings emphasize the need for a gender perspective in the management of severe psoriasis.

The discovery that men’s psoriasis is often more serious helps explain a gender gap, with more men than women seeking psoriasis treatment.

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https://consumer.healthday.com/diseases-and-conditions-information-37/psoriasis-news-621/men-more-prone-to-severe-psoriasis-study-721036.html

Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment: Drug Classes and Home Remedies

Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment: Drug Classes and Home Remedies

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a serious and progressive condition that leads to the destruction of joints and impaired quality of life. PsA has no cure but early diagnosis and treatment will help prevent progression of the disease.

Key takeaways:

– Psoriatic arthritis can be treated through the control of inflammation, relieving discomfort, preventing any further damage and improving quality of life.

– NSAIDs such as naproxen sodium and ibuprofen help to bring down inflammation and reduce pain by blocking the action of prostaglandins.

– Healthy body weight, exercise, and healthy lifestyle help to control psoriasis..

The best choice of therapy will depend upon the disease severity, prior treatment, other conditions that are present, access to therapy, and patient choice.

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316755.php

Ready for Spring Allergies

Ready for Spring Allergies

The onset of spring spells allergy season and misery for people with allergies. A study has found that patients with seasonal allergies often wait until it is too late to manage their symptoms.

Key takeaways:
· Three out of four people start managing symptoms once they feel sick — or after the allergy season had started.

· People with allergies can start by closing the windows at home and staying indoors on high pollen count days.

· After being outdoors, nasal gargling can help to prevent nasal mucus and keep symptoms under control.

Also, more than half did not know what prescriptions were available to ease their allergy symptoms, while roughly a third did not know their allergy triggers or how to ease symptoms.

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https://consumer.healthday.com/respiratory-and-allergy-information-2/misc-allergy-news-17/ready-for-spring-allergies-720984.html

Oral Allergies: Foods, Symptoms, and Treatments

Oral Allergies: Foods, Symptoms, and Treatments

The body will often cross-react to certain proteins found in specific foods for people with oral allergies. These foods contain proteins found in all organic matter including pollen which causes hay fever.

Key takeaways:

– The immune system identifies very specific proteins to fight off viruses, bacteria and other unwanted germs.

– When the body reacts to pollen-related proteins in food, the result can be itchiness and inflammation in the mouth, throat and tongue.

– Oral allergies are diagnosed through clinical and laboratory diagnostic methods.

There are no standard treatments for oral allergy syndrome other than avoiding specific foods that are associated with allergy symptoms. Careful management of diet can ensure that people with the syndrome can lead otherwise normal lives.

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316521.php

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How a Balloon up the Nose Can Clear Your Stuffy Sinuses and Spare You from Painful Surgery

People suffering from chronic stuffy sinuses can get their problem treated through simple procedures other than surgery. Surgery is painful afterwards, and you’ve got to lay around, waiting to recuperate.

Here’s a new procedure with an interesting approach – a balloon that is inflated inside the nose. It is a 30-minute operation that has received an endorsement from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The procedure is scalpel-free and is as effective as standard surgery. An added benefit is that it is being provided on a walk-in walk-out basis. No stay in the hospital. Perfect!

Before we get into the details, let’s discuss this problem with sinuses.

Sinuses are air-filled spaces above, below and behind the eyes. The sinuses are connected to the nasal cavity through thin passages that are called ostia. The sinuses serve to moisten the air — and they remove bacteria from the air entering the lungs.

Inflammation of the sinuses (called sinusitis) can have multiple causes — colds and flu, pollution and allergies. Sinusitis will often last between a week and ten days. The common symptoms of sinusitis are nasal congestion, loss of smell, and nagging headaches. Chronic sinusitis means the problem lasts three months or longer. Sinusitis can be a life-long problem.

Until now, the only treatment option was functional endoscopic sinus surgery, a procedure that requires general anesthetic. The surgeon cuts away the inflamed tissue and drills though the ostia to open them up.

The recovery from surgery often takes seven to ten days, which may cost you two weeks at work. For many sufferers, this is a major obstacle – so they opt not to have surgery and live with the symptoms instead. Typically they rely on decongestant sprays and nasal steroids to reduce inflammation, drain the sinuses, and to allow trouble free breathing.

For them, surgery was the only option. No longer! Balloon sinuplasty ensures that patients don’t need to go under the knife.

The procedure is carried out with the Xpress multi-sinus dilation system. This device is described as looking like “a small pistol” with a flexible wand at the end.

The wand is gently directed into the nasal passages, then a button is pressed to inflate a small balloon in the sinus to force open the ostia. The balloon creates little tears and fractures that heal with time reducing their elasticity and leaving the ostia open.

Additionally, the Xpress has a built-in LED lighting which eliminates the use of fluoroscopy or continuous X-ray imaging. It makes it suitable for the outpatient setting.

Up to 90 percent of patients get long-lasting relief from the symptoms of sinusitis, which makes this procedure the method of choice. Patients can altogether forget their troubles with chronic sinusitis without the need for invasive surgery.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4327044/How-balloon-nose-clear-stuffy-sinuses.html

New Technique Removes the Cause of Allergic Asthma: Antibodies Are Suctioned Off

New Technique Removes the Cause of Allergic Asthma: Antibodies Are Suctioned OffAllergies are the major cause of asthma. As a result, the immune system mounts a response to harmless substances such as grass pollen.

Key takeaways:

– The formation of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies alongside inflammatory cells in the skin and mucous membranes is the cause of asthma.

– A new technique making use of IgEnio column suctions the IgE antibodies out of blood could help people with severe allergic asthma.

– Patients reported improve quality of life since they could breathe easily and had improved ling function.

Perhaps much more, because it has since been found that a combination of IgE absorption and control of asthma symptoms with the standard drug omalizumab (trade name: Xolair) can bring about a further improvement.

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/316225.php

Obesity May Raise Girls’ Risk of Asthma, Allergies

Obesity May Raise Girls' Risk of Asthma, Allergies
A study found that obesity may be linked to development of allergies in children and teenagers. The researchers assessed the children for allergic conditions such as eczema, hay fever, asthma and food allergies.

Key takeaways:-

– Obese girls were found to have a slightly greater risk of developing allergies compared to boys.

– A direct increase in the number of atopic allergic conditions was noted in obese urban female children but wasn’t noted in the boys.

– Lifestyle modification therapies will help to control obesity in the urban girls.

The main theory is the role that hormones — estrogen, estradiol, progesterone, and etcetera — may play [a role] in driving allergies, and that hormonal levels may be imbalanced in obese patients.

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http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20170306/obesity-may-raise-girls-risk-of-asthma-allergies#1

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Food Allergies in Kids

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Food Allergies in KidsResearch into the effects of early exposure to secondhand smoke has some interesting findings. It could be linked to the development of food allergies, asthma and eczema.

Key takeaways:

– The impact of second-hand smoke has not been evaluated in relation to pediatric food-related symptoms.

– Exposure to secondhand smoke in the first few weeks of life increased the risk of developing food allergies.

– The major food allergies identified were peanut allergy and allergic reactions to eggs.

In addition, the study did not prove the exposure to secondhand smoke definitively caused the potential food allergies. It only showed a link between these factors.

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http://www.webmd.com/allergies/news/20170306/secondhand-smoke-linked-to-food-allergies-in-kids

Can Mom’s Vitamin E Head Off Child’s Asthma Risk?

Can Mom's Vitamin E Head Off Child's Asthma Risk?Study reveals that the children born to mothers with low levels of vitamin E are prone to developing asthma. The levels of vitamin E in the mothers were measured immediately after birth.

Key takeaways:

– The findings were that low maternal levels of vitamin E caused wheezing and the kids were likely to be treated with asthma drugs in the first two years of life.

– The best sources of vitamin E are canola, corn, safflower, corn, soy, and sunflower oil.

– Alpha-tocopherol is the asthma-protective substance found in vitamin E.

When moms had low levels of a specific type of vitamin E measured right after birth, their children were more likely to develop wheezing and to have been treated with asthma medications in their first two years of life, the study found.

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https://consumer.healthday.com/respiratory-and-allergy-information-2/asthma-news-47/can-mom-s-vitamin-e-head-off-child-s-asthma-risk-720256.html

Some Melanoma Survivors Still Seek Out the Sun

Some Melanoma Survivors Still Seek Out the SunA study of 700 melanoma survivors finds that they continue to go out in the sun without protection. Up to 20 percent of the survivors reported that they suffered from sunburns in the past year.

Key takeaways:

– Melanoma is the most dangerous but least common form of skin cancer accounting for 1 percent of all cancer.

– Just 62 percent of melanoma survivors report that they always or often wore sunscreen when outdoors during summer.

– Melanoma survivors are more vigilant compared to other people their age about sun protection.

Doctors and patients should talk about making sun protection routine. Make it a part of your daily life to use sunscreen, wear long sleeves and put a hat on.

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http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/news/20170302/some-melanoma-survivors-still-seek-out-the-sun#1

Don't Believe Everything You Read on Skin-Care Product Labels

Don’t Believe Everything You Read on Skin-Care Product Labels

Consumers cannot rely on the information and terms on skin-care product labels. The information is not always accurate and may mislead the user of the product.

Key takeaways:

– Skin-care product manufacturers often use certain language for marketing purposes with terms implying different things on different products.

– These products may have potentially different effects on your skin other than what you understood from the label.

– Fragrance-free products may not necessarily mean they don’t contain fragrance chemicals.

Before using a new product, test a small amount on your forearm for a week to see if it triggers a reaction.

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https://consumer.healthday.com/general-health-information-16/skin-care-health-news-616/don-t-believe-everything-you-read-on-skin-care-product-labels-720048.html

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Skin Diseases Take Big Slice Out of Health, Economy

The effects of skin disease are humongous. Skin diseases affect one in every four with the impact felt on livelihoods, lives and the economy.

Key takeaways:

– Skin diseases are actually more serious than people think, with a great number of people suffering from them.

– Research found that half the skin diseases could lead to loss of life.

– Skin cancers are lethal accounting for more than 60 percent of skin related deaths.

The number of people in the United States with skin diseases in 2013 was higher than those with heart disease, diabetes or kidney failure. That year, 26 percent of Americans reported receiving treatment for at least one skin disease.

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https://consumer.healthday.com/general-health-information-16/skin-care-health-news-616/skin-diseases-take-big-slice-out-of-america-s-health-economy-720231.html

Does TV Hinder Kindergarten-Readiness?

Does TV Hinder Kindergarten-Readiness?

Television has been identified as a factor that is holding back kids who are ready to join kindergarten. That calls for parents to think about the television sitting in the family living room.

Key takeaways:

– Research reveals that watching a lot of TV will make children less ready to begin school.

– The prevalence of smartphones make children exceed the recommended limits.

– Children between 2 and 5 years of age should have only one hour of screen time.

Watching TV for more than a couple of hours a day was associated with lower skills, according to the study. The finding was especially strong among low-income children.

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http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20170301/does-tv-hinder-kindergarten-readiness

Who's Top Dog When It Comes to 'Social Intelligence'? Kids or Pets?

Who’s Top Dog When It Comes to ‘Social Intelligence’? Kids or Pets?

Researchers have carried out a study to access the ability to think between a 2 year old children, dogs and chimpanzees. The aim of the study was to find who is the most intelligent.

Key takeaways:

– The toddlers and dogs fared well in the test of cooperative communication that involved following a pointing finger.

– The toddlers and children exhibited a high level of social intelligence suggesting something superficially similar in fogs and kids.

– It is thought that evolution of humans and dogs happened under similar pressures that rewarded the more cooperative social behavior.

There are different kinds of intelligence, and the kind of intelligence that we think is very important to humans is social in nature, and that’s the kind of intelligence that dogs have to an incredible extent.

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https://consumer.healthday.com/general-health-information-16/pets-and-health-news-531/who-s-top-dog-when-it-comes-to-social-intelligence-kids-or-pets-720147.html

Kids Mean less Shuteye for Mom, While Dad Slumbers On

Kids Mean less Shuteye for Mom, While Dad Slumbers On

A new survey has found that mothers with children at home were likely to be sleep-deprived compared to women without children. Children at home did not affect the sleep patterns of the fathers.

Key takeaways:

– Women with children reported that they were tired 14 days every month compared to 11 days for women without children.

– With the increase of one child in the house, there was a 50 percent increase in the likelihood if insufficient sleep.

– Mothers with children between newborn and 3 years got less sleep compared to mothers of children between 3 and 6 years.

Mindell suggests parents make a plan as to who is going to take care of household duties, including child care, so each parent can have a goal of enough sleep.

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https://consumer.healthday.com/women-s-health-information-34/motherhood-health-news-484/kids-mean-less-shuteye-for-mom-while-dad-slumbers-on-719993.html

Skin Health: Friendly Bacteria Keep Harmful Staph in Check

Skin Health: Friendly Bacteria Keep Harmful Staph in Check

Researchers are increasingly discovering microbial cells that promote good health. A study has found that commensal bacteria on the skin could be used to treat skin condition such as atopic dermatitis.

Key takeaways:

– The study evaluated 10,000 colonies of commensal bacteria on the human skin for antimicrobial properties.

– Staphylococcus hominis and Staphylococcus epidermis were found to produce a peptide with antimicrobial activity against disease causing bacteria on the skin.

– These strains of Staphylococcus bacteria could be used to treat conditions such as atopic dermatitis caused by Staph. aureus.

After isolating the good bacteria and growing it, we were able to transplant it back to people who were deficient in it and it had an immediate impact by reducing the amount of S. aureus on the skin.

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316020.php

Swollen Uvula: Causes, Symptoms, and Remedies

Swollen Uvula: Causes, Symptoms, and Remedies

The uvula is the organ seen hanging at the back of the mouth. It is made up of muscle tissue, connective tissue, mucous membranes and canals that secrete saliva.

Key takeaways:

– Uvulitis, a swollen uvula, can be caused by the body’s response to injury, allergic reactions, or illness. Acid reflux may cause uvulitis.

– Symptoms of uvulitis are trouble or painful swallowing, problems breathing, pain, swollen tonsils, sore throat, fever, excessive saliva, and gagging.

– Mild cases can be treated using home remedies that include drinking plenty of fluids, gargling with salt and warm water, and chewing on ice to reduce swelling.

While recovering from uvulitis, it is important for people to stay away from any allergens as well as stopping smoking and drinking.

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315997.php

Can Depression Up Odds for Arthritis Linked to Psoriasis?

Can Depression Up Odds for Arthritis Linked to Psoriasis?

Findings of a new study raise great concern owing to the fact that psoriasis patients are likely to suffer from depression. Depression has been found to increase the risk of getting psoriatic arthritis.

Key takeaways:

– Psoriasis is characterized by itchy, red and scaly patches of skin that can at times be disfiguring.

– Psoriatic arthritis develops on its own causing joint damage, swelling and pain in the large joints and the fingers and toes.

– The study reveals that depression increases the risk of psoriatic arthritis by about 37 percent in people suffering from psoriasis.

Depression may be a risk factor for a variety of chronic conditions, and this research is an example of how big data approaches can identify these associations.

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https://consumer.healthday.com/mental-health-information-25/depression-news-176/can-depression-up-odds-for-arthritis-linked-to-psoriasis-719963.html

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Children Inherit Around 40 Percent of Parents’ BMI

The more overweight the parents are, the more overweight their children might be. Findings of a study reveal that children can inherit their BMI from their parents.

Key takeaways:

– Obesity rates have more than tripled over the last 30 years — with one in every five children being obese.

– 20 percent of a child’s BMI is inherited from the father and another 20 percent from the mother.

– The “parental effect”, as referred to by researchers, is more than double for the most obese children than it is for the thinnest children.

This gives an important and rare insight into how obesity is transmitted across generations in both developed and developing countries. We found that the process of intergenerational transmission is the same across all the different countries.

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315981.php

Most Parents don’t think they’re Meeting Kids' Nutritional Needs

Most Parents don’t think they’re Meeting Kids’ Nutritional Needs

Most Parents don’t think they’re Meeting Kids' Nutritional NeedsThe majority of parents appreciate that they should provide good nutrition for the children. However, the reality is that food preferences, work schedules, and children activities affect how parents provide healthy food for their children.

Key takeaways:

– Only a third of parents think that they are doing a great job in teaching healthy eating habits to their children.

– Parents identified price, convenience and fussiness as some of the challenges they face in providing a nutritious diet.

– Slipping into habits such as occasional fast food meals slowly becomes a habit that fuels obesity and many other health conditions.

Others would benefit from easy-to-understand information on how to identify packaged foods that are healthy, ideas on how to make kid-friendly recipes a little healthier, and practical suggestions on convincing picky eaters to try a more balanced diet.

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/vitamins-and-nutrition-information-27/food-and-nutrition-news-316/most-parents-don-t-think-they-re-meeting-kids-nutritional-needs-719759.html

There's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic Kids

There’s Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic Kids

There's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic KidsStaying active is a major challenge for children with asthma. Parents are often in a dilemma in finding possible exercise activities for their asthmatic children.

Key takeaways:

– Swimming is a well-tolerated exercise activity for asthmatic children.

– Parents should take their children to indoor swimming pools where there is high humidity.

– The high humidity helps to keep the airways open and protect against asthma attacks.

We now encourage kids to exercise, especially as the obesity epidemic has become more and more problematic. Starting with swimming and letting kids with asthma choose the sports they enjoy make it more likely they will stay active.

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https://consumer.healthday.com/fitness-information-14/swimming-health-news-282/there-s-fun-and-fitness-in-the-pool-for-asthmatic-kids-719543.html

Hugh Jackman Urges Followers to Wear Sunscreen after Skin Cancer Scare

Hugh Jackman Urges Followers to Wear Sunscreen after Skin Cancer Scare

Hugh Jackman Urges Followers to Wear Sunscreen after Skin Cancer ScareHugh Jackman, the Wolverine actor, has come out to tell his followers to always wear sunscreen. The actor has been recently treated after being diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma.

Key takeaways:

– Basal cell carcinoma is a common form of skin cancer caused by long-term exposure to the sun of areas such as face, neck, shoulders, back, ears and nose.

– Staying away from the sun especially between 10 am and 4 pm when the rays are strongest will reduce the risk of basal cell carcinoma.

– The 48-year-old actor has previously undergone surgery to treat skin for other basal cell carcinomas.

“Left untreated, they will continue to grow and can become quite disfiguring. That also makes treatment much more difficult, requiring more extensive surgery to remove.”

Read the full story here

http://www.webmd.com/cancer/features/hugh-jackman-skin-cancer#global-main

Pop! Goes That Balloon, and Maybe Your Hearing

Pop! Goes That Balloon, and Maybe Your Hearing

Pop! Goes That Balloon, and Maybe Your HearingThe habit of blowing up birthday balloons with a loud bang is not good for the ears. A new study reveals that the habit could be contributing to hearing loss.

Key takeaways:

– A new study carried out in Canada has revealed that the sound of a bursting balloon could be louder than that of a shotgun.

– A ruptured balloon produced the loudest noise — compared to balloons crushed until bursting or popped with a pin.

– The noise could potentially lead to hearing loss which may have a lifelong impact.

“We want people to be mindful of hearing damage over a lifetime because once you get to the back end of life, no hearing aid is as good as the once healthy built-in system in your inner ear.”

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/disabilities-information-11/hearing-loss-news-352/pop-goes-that-balloon-and-maybe-your-hearing-719203.html

Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Liquid

Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Liquid

Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette LiquidElectronic cigarettes could be posing health risks to people that use them. The e-cigarette liquids have been found to have toxic and cancer-causing metals.

Key takeaways:

– The presence of the toxic metals in e-cigarette liquid is a source of great concern since the metal could end up being inhaled.

– The heating coil that vaporizes the liquid is also a major cause of heavy metals in the inhaled aerosol.

– The heavy metals identified in e-cigarette liquids are lead, chromium, nickel, cadmium, and manganese.

“It was striking, the varying degrees to which the metals were present in the liquid. This suggests that the FDA should consider regulating the quality control of e-cigarette devices along with the ingredients found in e-cigarette liquids.”

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https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/electronic-cigarettes-970/toxic-metals-found-in-e-cigarette-liquid-719461.html

For Millions of Americans, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Their Hearing

For Millions of Americans, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Their Hearing

For Millions of Americans, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Their HearingNoise levels in the world today are blamed for permanent hearing damage. Noise exposure can happen at the workplace, in their social setting, and even in the home.

Key takeaways:

– Loud noise damages the hair cells in the inner ear that vibrate to create sound waves.

– An estimated 53 percent of adults report no exposure on the job implying that noise exposure happens at home.

– Noise that exceeds the threshold of 85 decibels will cause hearing damage with sustained exposure.

“Hearing loss is the third most commonly reported chronic health condition in the United States, the agency said. Nearly twice as many people report hearing loss as report diabetes or cancer.”

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https://consumer.healthday.com/hearing-information-19/hearing-disorder-news-351/for-millions-of-americans-everyday-life-takes-toll-on-their-hearing-719463.html

Pet Meds Sending Kids to the ER

Pet Meds Sending Kids to the ER

Pet Meds Sending Kids to the ERPets are important members of the family – with their own medications. New research findings reveal that pet medication such as heartworm pills and flea medications are a poisoning risk for children in the home.

Key takeaways:

– Children under the age of 5 years were at the highest risk of poisoning from poorly stored pet medication.

– Poisoning may occur in different ways – as children may eat pet food containing medication — or pick up pills spit out by a pet.

– If poisoning occurs in the home, immediately rush the child to the nearest poison control center or emergency room for treatment.

“Keep medications up, away and out of sight — in a locked cabinet is best.”

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/child-safety-news-587/pet-meds-sending-kids-to-the-er-719372.html