February 23, 2010

Fortunately No Lead Paint Hazard

1 Parents Warned on Hot Dog Choking Risk

A group of physicians is recommending to the FDA that warning labels be put on hot dog packages, not for nitrates, acrylamide or high fructose corn syrup, but for their choking hazard, in the manner of warning labels on toys. It turns out that 17,000 kids made emergency room visits for choking in a recent year, 60 percent involving food. Choking is especially common and dangerous for children 3 years of age and under. And among children's food choking hazards 1 in 6 deaths have been attributed to hot dogs in one study. What's so dangerous about hot dogs? They are, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "cylindrical, airway sized, and compressible, which allows [them] to wedge tightly into a child’s hypopharynx and completely occlude the airway."

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Previously: Driver Crashes While Choking on Chili

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No One Knows Effects

2 Salt Changes a Big Experiment

"No more nanny state alarmism!"
- My Food My Choice in the comments

There have been calls from health experts all over the country -- and in New York City in particular -- to get the food industry to lower the amount of sodium in prepared foods to help people get less salt in their diets. It's been estimated that such a change could prevent between 44,000 and 150,000 deaths a year by reducing people's risk of heart attack or stroke. It's also been said that it could be a dangerous experiment to tinker with the nation's salt levels. The truth is, no one knows exactly what would happen if we all started consuming less salt. It's also true that most people around the world consume about the same amount of salt, much more than current guidelines suggest we ought to, which some scientists say means we have a set point for salt regardless of recommendations.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Education Awareness Sought

3 Americans Ignorant of High Blood Pressure Dangers

Hypertension, the second leading cause of death in America, affects nearly one-third of US adults despite efforts to increase awareness of this killer disease, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Thus far, programs that emphasis the importance of healthy eating, reduced sodium intake and increased physical activity have not translated into reduced numbers of Americans with the condition, which can be prevented or controlled through lifestyle changes and/or medication. For example, by cutting salt intake and increasing consumption of fruit, vegetables and healthy protein, the incidence of high blood pressure could be reduced by 22 percent, said the committee that wrote the report and calls for urgent measures to ensure patient awareness and compliance.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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