June 17, 2010

Levels May Exceed Federal Limits

1 Lead Found in More Than 85 Percent of Kids’ Drinks

More than 85 percent of children’s organic and conventional juice drinks contain so much lead they may exceed federal limits, according to the Environmental Law Foundation that used a US Environmental Protection Agency-approved lab to test 150 juice products. Their findings are astounding, with 125 products containing enough lead in a single serving to require a warning label under California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, The Foundation has sent notices to manufacturers and retailers of the juice products asking that they comply with Prop. 65 or label their products with “clear and reasonable warnings.” High levels of lead in the body can lead to anemia, learning disabilities, behavioral problems and a myriad of other problems.

More at NYDailyNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Do Energy Drinks Turn Kids into Zombies

Tags: Children's Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Proposition 65, Environmental Law Foundation, Anemia, Learning Disabilities, Behavioral Problems, Fruit Juice

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Close Friends or Lots of Friends

2 Best Friends Not the Best Idea?

Huck had Tom and Harry had Ron, but are best friends a good idea? Christine Laycob, a director of counseling, says while kids may prefer to pair up with one special friend, her goal is to encourage kids to have groups of friends. A sleep-away camp, Timber Lake Camp, uses friendship coaches to separate children who seem to be focused on each other, guiding kids to be friends with everyone else. While some worry that best friends suggest exclusivity, many psychologists believe close friendships develop skills for healthy relationships. According to psychologist, Michael Thompson, “No one can teach you what a great friend is, what a fair-weather friend is, what a treacherous and betraying friend is except to have a great friend, a fair-weather friend or a treacherous and betraying friend."

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Teens with More Friends Make Better Grades

Tags: Best Friends, Exclusivity, Cliques, Healthy Relationship

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Heads Grounded for Investigation

3 Dozens of Human Heads Seized at Airport

While you've probably never thought about it, airline carriers like Southwest may be transporting human heads for medical research. According to MSNBC, Southwest Airlines recently seized dozens of human heads in Little Rock, Ark. The heads, which the airline refused to ship, were intended for the office of Medtronic medical research and technology company in Fort Worth. Southwest first noticed the package because it wasn't labeled correctly. After they learned the contents, they called authorities. It's illegal to sell human body parts, but suppliers may be paid when parts are used for legitimate medical reasons. Since there is a black market for human body parts, the country coroner is investigating to determine if the heads were obtained legally.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Transporting Human Heads, Human Heads for Medical Research, Black Market Body Parts, Southwest Intercepts Human Heads, Medtronic Medical Research, Black Market for Human Body Parts

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Platonic Friends Earning Cash

4 Rent a Friend for the Lonely

A website which allows you to rent platonic companionship, rentafriend.com, was featured recently on MSNBC. Users of rentafriend.com pay from $10 to $150 an hour for their rented friends for activities like going to a movie, dining out or working out. The usual rate is somewhere between $20 to $50 an hour. The website, created by Scott Rosenbaum of N.J., allows users to search for friends by ZIP code. He says that there's "zero tolerance" for sexual advances made toward rented friends. Rentafriend.com has been used by travelers, grandmothers, and even in weddings for stand-ins. Some family members rent friends to visit other family members for them in nursing homes. Whether you think it's sad or innovative, renting a friend, which is popular in Asia, has made it's way to America.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Teens with More Friends

Tags: Rent a Friend, Cure for Lonely, Rentafriend.com, Scott Rosenbaum, Rented Friends, Rent Platonic Companionship

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Red Cross Gets Slapped

5 American Red Cross Fined for Sloppy Blood Work

The American Red Cross has been fined 16 million dollars by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failing to comply with blood collection and manufacture regulations, reports Yahoo News. However, the FDA doesn't believe that patients are in danger. Since multiple safeguards are in place, the FDA believes the blood collected by the American Red Cross is still safe to use. Yet, they do want swift action by the American Red Cross to correct problems. This isn't the first time that the American Red Cross has been fined by the FDA. Since 2003, the FDA has imposed a total of 23 million in fines for the American Red Cross and sent them dozens of letters.

More at Yahoo! News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Upholding Gay Blood Ban

Tags: American Red Cross Fined, American Red Cross Not Following Procedures, Blood Collection Regulations, Blood Manufacture Regulations, FDA Fines Red Cross, 16 Million Fine for American Red Cross

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Move over, Tourette's!

6 Beloved Goalie Tim Howard Has Tourette's Syndrome

Tim Howard, the American goalie for Everton of England and the United States national team, keeps it together on the soccer field, even with Tourette's syndrome, reports 60 Minutes. While many people associate Tourette's syndrome with swearing and sudden verbal outbursts, those symptoms are rare, and Howard doesn’t have them. First diagnosed with Tourette's at 9 years old, Howard displayed obsessive-compulsive behavior, such as repeatedly counting or straightening things. Yet, 60 Minutes says that Howard refused to give in to his affliction or let it stand in the way of his dreams. He became an activist, working to conquer ignorance about Tourette's syndrome. Interestingly, Howard, who is much loved and famous in Europe, is able to walk about largely unrecognized in the U.S.

More at 60 Minutes | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Tourette's Syndrome, Tim Howard, American Goalie for Manchester United of England, Sudden Verbal Outbursts, Rare Tourette's Symptoms, Obsessive Compulsive Behavior, Famous People Americans Don't Recognize

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Legalized Drug Abuse

7 Legal Drugs Abused at Same Rate as Illegal Drugs

One million people went to the ER because of prescription or over the counter medication in 2008, about the same number of cases due to illegal drug use according to a government report. In 2003, ER visits due to illegal drug abuse were double that of visits due to legal drug use. Painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone and sedatives top the list. Prescriptions for these drugs have increased which tells health officials that some people who visited the ER are using them legally. Officials speculate that people are overdosing on them or mixing them with other drugs and alcohol. These results were alarming to health officials and Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said "The abuse of prescription drugs is our nation's fastest-growing drug problem."

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Drug Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse, ER Visits Due to Prescription Drugs, ER Visits Due to over the Counter Drugs, Abuse of over the Counter Drugs, Abuse of over the Counter Medication, Prescriptions Drugs, Over the Counter Drugs, ER Visits Due to Drug Abuse

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Lab-Made Liver

8 Scientists Create Functional Rat Liver Grafts

Using rat liver cells, U.S. scientists created a tissue “scaffold” and put liver cells into the scaffold produced liver grafts that functioned normally next to the rats’ own livers. The fact that this worked could potentially lead to liver grafts being grown in a lab and then transplanted into people, alleviating the shortage of liver donors. Livers that cannot be donated could be used as scaffolds. The livers only worked for a short time and they did not work on their own. Other cell types are also needed. Professor Mark Thursz believes this technique could be used for other liver problems. "If you could create an artificial liver you could plumb someone into while their liver recovered, that would be helpful. This is a big step in the right direction."

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Hydroxycut Link to Liver Damage Strengthened

Tags: Liver Grafts, Liver Failure, Livers, Liver Donor Shortage, Tissue Scaffold, Liver Cells, Hepatocytes

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