September 10, 2011

Danger to Salon Workers

1 FDA Warns Makers of Brazilian Blowout

The FDA has issued a warning letter to Brazilian Blowout manufacturers, saying that the product endangers salon workers due to its high levels of formaldehyde, classified as a cancer-causing substance by the National Cancer Institute. Brazilian Blowout, a popular hair straightener, has been the subject of controversy for years. According to NPR, complaints associated with the use of Brazilian Blowout include nosebleeds, chest and throat pain, eye irritation, rashes, vomiting, blurred vision and nausea. However, makers of the hair straightener insist that their product is safe and free of formaldehyde. Brazilian Blowout's CEO Mike Brady says that tests completed by OSHA haven't shown that the straightener exceeded safety standards.

More at NPR | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Salon Workers Exposed to Formaldehyde, Dangers of Salon Jobs, Health Risks Chemical Straightener, Brazilian Blowout Warned, FDA Warning Brazilian Blowout

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The Future Is Here

2 Buy Marty McFly Shoes on eBay

Dedicated "Back to the Future 2" fans have a chance to own NIKE MAG shoes, based on the shoes worn by Marty McFly in 2015 when he traveled back to the future to save his kid. A limited number of the shoes will be available for sale on eBay until September 18 with all proceeds donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which funds research for Parkinson's disease. While the shoes don't lace up by themselves as in the movie, they do feature LED lights that can glow for up to five hours after the shoe is pinched. Just 1,500 pairs of the NIKE MAG shoes will be available on eBay for $5,000 each. Now, go back to the future!

More at Christian Science Monitor | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Back to Future 2 Shoes, Marty Mcfly Shoes, Michael J Fox Foundation, Buy Back to Future Shoes, Shoes That Lace Themselves, NIKE MAG, Parkinson's Research

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Two Conditions Share Mutant Gene

3 Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Help Asthmatics

Australian researchers screened 58,000 DNA samples of individuals in Australia, the United State and Europe with and without asthma and found that two genes are consistently mutated in people with the inflammatory airway disease. One of these variant genes is also associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease which mainly attacks the joints. This finding suggests that asthmatics may benefit from the RA drug Tocilizumab (Actmera®) which lowers inflammation by binding to the interleukin-6 receptor. More research needs to be done to show that the drug is actually effective in asthmatics. While it has been shown that asthma has a genetic component, environmental risk factors include tobacco smoke, chemicals that irritate the airways and pollution.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Fight Melanoma

Tags: Asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Help Asthma, Genetics of Asthma, Genetics of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis Genes, Asthma Genes, Interleukin-6 Receptor, Tocilizumab, Actmera

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