March 31, 2011

EPA Boosts Radiation Tests

1 Low Levels of Radiation Found in US Milk

The EPA increased nationwide monitoring of radiation as California and Washington states reported low levels of Iodine-131 in milk. FDA senior scientist Patricia Hansen said "the findings are ‘miniscule’ compared to what people experience every day,” reports the New York Times. Additionally, the Iodine-131 isotope has a half-life of about 8 days and therefore levels are expected to drop quickly. “This morning I spoke with the chief advisers for both the EPA and the FDA and they confirmed that these levels are miniscule and are far below levels of public health concern, including for infants and children," Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a statement. The CA Dept. of Public Health also assured the public that the levels don’t pose a threat.

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

Previously: FDA Says No to Foods from Near Japan's Nuke Plant

Tags: California Department of Public Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, Japan Tsunami, Radiation, Radiation Concerns, Radiation in Milk, Radiation Detected in Milk, Chris Gregoire, Patricia Hansen, Iodine-131

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Game Over

2 Missing Bronx Zoo Cobra Found Alive

The party is over for the sneaky Egyptian cobra that eluded keepers for five days at the Bronx Zoo. CNN just announced the breaking news that the venomous snake has been recovered alive inside the reptile house. While officials from the Bronx Zoo had previously reported that it could take weeks before the snake was found, the game ended in just five days. However, five days was too long for some. CNN reports that the missing cobra was a matter of concern of zoo-goers, but the now famous snake gained thousands of fans on the internet. The anonymous @BronxZoosCobra Twitter account for the missing snake gained almost 200,000 followers with its funny messages about the reptile's adventures in New York City.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Bronx Zoo Loses Egyptian Cobra

Tags: Bronx Zoo Cobra Twitter, Egyptian Cobra, Missing Cobra, Bronx Zoo Cobra Found

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Not Enough Evidence

3 FDA Panel: Leave Food Dyes Alone for Now

An FDA advisory panel looking into whether food dyes might worsen symptoms of hyperactivity in kids has decided that more study is needed, and no food package warning labels are warranted at this time. Advocates had called for banning certain food colorings due to concern that they exacerbate symptoms of ADHD in some kids, but after a two-day meeting the panel decided that there's not enough evidence at this time to call for any action. However, the panel did agree that diets eliminating food dyes seem to be effective for some children with behavioral problems, reports MSNBC. While the panel admits that food dyes have been show to worsen behavioral problems for "certain susceptible children," the panel members don't think that the dyes pose a problem for most children.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: FDA Considers If Food Dyes Make Kids Hyper

Tags: Food Dye Safety, FDA Panel on Food Dyes, Role of Food Coloring in ADHD, Food Dyes Worsen ADHD

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Your Rash, Their Business

4 Tell the FDA About Cosmetic Problems

The FDA wants to know about any rashes, hair loss, infections or other problems encountered after using cosmetics, including cleansers, deodorants, moisturizers and hair products. While the FDA doesn't regulate cosmetics, they do depend on feedback from consumers to let them know of problem products. The FDA considers many items under the "cosmetics" term, including shaving products, perfumes, face paints, permanent tattoos and baby lotions or oils. To report a reaction, or a product with a bad smell or unusual color, call 1-800-332-1088, or contact MedWatch or the consumer complaint coordinator for your area. The FDA wants to know about reactions or other problems even if package instructions weren't followed.

More at FDA | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Detergent Ingredients May Be Cancer-Causing

Tags: Reaction Cosmetics, Allergy Cosmetics, Problems Cosmetics, Report Bad Cosmetics, Report Deodorant Reactions, Report Nail Polish Reactions, Report Bad Cosmetic Reactions

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Nationwide Ban, No Penalty

5 China Bans Smoking Inside Hotels and Restaurants

China, where almost one-third of adults smoke, has a new nationwide ban: No smoking in indoor public spaces like hotels and restaurants. Anti-smoking advocates think that the new ban is a good step, even if it's not strictly enforced at first, reports New York Times. The ban is not without loopholes. It doesn't cover factories, government workplaces or offices. New York Times also reports that there are no specific penalty guidelines. However, the move appears to be desperately needed in a nation where 1.2 million people die from tobacco use each year.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/world/asia/25china.html?_r=2

Tags: Smoking Ban, Chinese Smoking Bans, Restrictions on Smoking Indoors, High Smoking Rates in China, China Bans Smoking Hotels

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A Healthy Tax

6 Price Hike Reduces Smoking among Australian Teens

Health officials in Australia have found that higher taxes and limiting smoking is effective in reducing teen smoking. Researchers asked 20,000 high school students if they had smoked a in the last month every three years from 1990 to 2005. The rate went from 23 percent in 1990 to 13 percent in 2005 when price of cigarettes increased from 20 to 40 cents because of tobacco taxes. Anti-smoking campaigns also has an effect as did prohibiting smoking indoors. Restricting access to cigarettes was ineffective and all the methods that failed to get adults to stop did not work with teens. Experts in the U.S. are still trying to figure out the best ways to reduce smoking among young people and are concerned that lawmakers think the problem has been solved and no longer warrants a lot of attention.

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

Previously: Ads Major Cause of Teen Smoking

Tags: Cigarettes, Cigarettes and Teens, Smoking, Teen Smoking, Cigarette Tax, Anti-Smoking Campaigns

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Why You Can’t Recall a Good Joke

7 A Good Mood Decreases Working Memory Storage

New research has shown that being in a good mood impairs you ability to store information that you want to retrieve later. Participants had their mood assessed and were showed a video of either a stand-up comedy routine or explaining how to install a floor. After watching the videos, their moods were assessed again and they were given a memory test in which they listened to several numbers through headphones and had to recall the last six in order. People who watched the comedy routine did a lot worse on the test even though they were in a better mood. While being in a good mood appears to lower memory storage, Elizabeth Martin, the doctoral student on the project said "Being in a good mood has been shown to increase creative problem-solving skills and other aspects of thinking."

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Winter Birthday Affects Mood

Tags: Mood, Good Mood, Memory Storage, Memory Recall

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More Midwives Save More Lives

8 Lack of Midwives Dangerous for Mothers and Babies

Many developing nations are in dire need of midwives, resulting in the death of over one million mothers and babies annually which translates into 1,000 moms and 2,000 babies every day. Over 50 percent of mothers in underdeveloped countries give birth unassisted compared to only one percent in Britain. A report from Save the Children states the death rates could be cut by over a third in almost 70 countries if midwives can be trained in eight procured such as keeping newborns warm and fed. The World Health Organization wants one midwife for every 175 pregnant women but lack of pay, being overworked, having to travel to remote and dangerous locations and the appeal of working in wealthier nations are major challenges that will have to be dealt with to reach that goal.

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

Previously: Waterbirth: Woman to Give Birth Live on Internet

Tags: Infant Mortality, Midwifery, World Health Organization, Midwives, Developing Nations, Save the Children, Labor and Delivery

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ONE in 10 UK MOMS AFFECTED

9 Postnatal Depression Can Start Before Birth

Despite its name postnatal depression can actually start during pregnancy, this according to the Mother and Baby Unit at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). The Mother and Baby Unit of SLaM routinely treats women who have developed depression while pregnant or who have relapsed back into previous mental illnesses due to being pregnant. Dr. Trudi Seneviratne, a SLaM psychiatrist said"While depression following birth is the most common form of pregnancy-related depression, it can also begin during pregnancy, or months after giving birth." Around one in 10 UK mothers are said to suffer from postnatal depression. Common indicators of postnatal depression are: tearfulness, feeling overwhelmed, lack of appetite and lack of interest in your new baby and yourself.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Partner Can Cause Baby Blues During Pregnancy

Tags: Pregnancy, Postnatal Depression, Expectant Mothers

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LOW-WEIGHT BABIES MORE LIKELY

10 Mother's Past Abuse Affects a Baby's Birth Weight

Mothers who were abused as children have a higher risk of birthing low-weight babies according to a new study. The Journal of Adolescent Health used data pulled from 136 women who participated in the Seattle Social Development Project since childhood. The results show that women who had their babies after the age of 18 and who were abused physically or sexually before age 10 were much more likely to abuse drugs during high school. This drug abuse often lead to alcohol and cigarette use during pregnancy, substances which increase the risk of having a low-weight baby. Amelia Gavin, assistant professor of social work at the University of Washington suggests having obstetric practitioners screen expectant mothers for childhood abuse and to provide services for women at risk of substance abuse.

More at Journal of Adolescent Health | Hat tip to Futurity Health & Medicine | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Low Birth Weight Babies Tend to Be Obese Later On

Tags: Birth Weight, Child Abuse, Abuse, Low-Weight Baby

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