November 10, 2010

Higher Than Exposed Adults

1 Smokers’ Kids Test High for Tobacco Carcinogens

Ninety percent of children who live with smokers had a high level of tobacco-related metabolites in their urine finds a new study. Researchers says that the average level of tobacco carcinogens in children, ages one month to 10 years, is eight percent of what is found in someone who smokes, compared with one to five percent for non-smoking adults who are exposed to secondhand smoke. Researchers also found a direct correlation between the number of cigarettes smoked in the house and the level of metabolites in the urine of children who lived there. "No one knows the long-term impact of cumulative exposure to these chemicals,” says lead researcher Janet L. Thomas, U of Minnesota, who added that it could lead to DNA changes in cells that might potentially contribute to lung cancer.

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

Previously: UK Doctors Push Automobile Smoking Ban

Tags: Smoking, University of Minnesota, Secondhand Smoke, Tobacco Carcinogens, Tobacco Metabolites, Janet L. Thomas

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Experts Call for Solutions

2 Recent Recalls Constitute "Toxic Toy Crisis”

High levels of lead have prompted the government to recall more than 17 million toys since 2007. Recently,12 million drinking glasses were recalled due to the use of cadmium, a toxic metal. These and other recalls constitute a “toxic toy crisis” say authors of a new analysis that’s published in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology. The government, industry and advocacy groups have taken steps towards restricting the use of certain substances, but this is not enough say the researchers who recommend banning the use of all toxic substances in children’s products. "Until significant changes in policy and practice occur, consumers cannot be confident that products they purchase for children are safe, healthy, and environmentally sustainable," the report states.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: McDonald's Shrek Glasses Contain Cadmium

Tags: Cadmium, Toxic Toys, Toy Recall, ACS Environmental Science & Technology, Safe Toys

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One in 10 Kids Affected

3 More Kids Diagnosed with ADHD

Almost one in 10 U.S. kids has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), finds a new study. That figure represents a big increase from just a few years ago, reports MSNBC. Researchers from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered a 22 percent increase in the number of kids with ADHD from the 2003 survey to the 2007 through 2008 survey. The ADHD increase was observed in children of all family income levels and races in all regions of the U.S., except the West. Scientists think that more kids are being diagnosed with ADHD now due to better screening and enhanced awareness of the disorder. According to research findings, around two-thirds of children with ADHD are on medication for the disorder.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: ADHD Genetic

Tags: Number of Kids with ADHD, Kids Diagnosed with ADHD, ADHD Figures, How Many Kids Have ADHD, About ADHD, New ADHD Study

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No Link After All

4 Cholesterol in Mid-Life Not Linked to Alzheimer's

Cholesterol levels in middle age might not be associated with later development of Alzheimer's disease, suggest authors of a recent long-term study. The research, published in the medical journal Neurology, found that large decreases of cholesterol in the senior years may be a better predictor of Alzheimer's disease. Even though some previous studies have suggested that cholesterol is a risk factor for dementia, subsequent studies haven't replicated the finding, says study author Michelle M. Mielke, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. However, Mielke advises that cholesterol "should still be monitored and treated through diet, exercise and medication for cardiovascular and overall health."

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Brain Plaque in Dementia Patients

Tags: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Michelle M. Mielke, Predictor of Alzheimer's Disease, Journal Neurology, Decreases of Cholesterol In

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Her Chair Was Too Low

5 Cashier's Breasts Add Weight to Grocery Scale

A woman in the UK was overcharged for her produce when the sales assistant's breasts rested on the scale, adding weight, reports BBC. It was determined that the woman's seat was too low, causing the mistake. While the employee was "mortified," by the extra charges resulting from her breasts, the customer received a refund for the added cost. Jim Hopley, chief executive of Channel Islands Co-operative where the incident occurred, said that he felt sorry for the employee involved. He added that she "mustn't be embarrassed." Hopley said that the store is "obliged under weights and measures law" to make sure items are measured correctly.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Grocery Store Checkout, Cashier Breasts, Adding Weight to Scale, Being Charged Too Much at Checkout, Cashier Breast Adds Weight to Scale, Channel Islands Co-Operative

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Cold Meals Served

6 Stranded Passengers Fed Spam and Pop Tarts

Passengers aboard the unlucky Carnival Splendor cruise ship are eating Spam and Pop Tarts instead of the usual cruise ship fare. The ship is being towed to shore due to electrical failure after an engine-room fire. The cold meals, including sandwich meat and granola bars, are being delivered to the 4,500 passengers and crew by the USS Ronald Reagan. CNN reports that some frustrated passengers, who have no air conditioning or hot showers, are pledging not to use Carnival's offer of a free replacement trip. Carnival has never experienced anything like this three-day ordeal without power in their 35-year history.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Red Robin Carnival Corn Dog

Tags: Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship, USS Ronald Reagan, Passengers Fed Pop Tarts, Carnival Serves Spam, Stranded Splendor Passengers, Free Cruise Offer, Fire on Cruise

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Slimmer, Not Healthier

7 Wendy's Introduces Their New Fries

For the first time, Wendy's has given their fries a major overhaul. The thinner and crispier fries will make an appearance on Thursday and will roll out over the next two weeks, reports CBS News. The fast-food chain's new fries are made from Russett potatoes with the skins left on. Wendy's is hoping the new natural-cut fries with sea salt will appeal to foodies. While the new fries are smaller, they contain more sodium and calories than the ones they replace. The former fries contain 350 milligrams of sodium for medium size, while the new fries will contain 500 milligrams. The new Wendy's fries will have 10 additional calories in medium size.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Wendy's Calorie Counter

Tags: New Wendy's Fries, New Fast-Food Fries, Wendy's Remakes Fries, Wendy's Calorie Info, Natural Cut Fries, Sodium in Wendy's Fries

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