October 29, 2011

Have a Fun and Safe Halloween

1 Take Allergy Horrors Out of Trick or Treating

According to a recent study in “Pediatrics,” roughly 8% of children under 18 in the US have at least one food allergy, which can take the fun out of trick-or-treating for many kids. However, there are ways to make Halloween both safe and fun. Parents should always check labels before letting kids eat the treats, but bring along some known safe candy so your little goblin has something to munch on while haunting the streets. If you know which homes you’ll be visiting, you can stop by early and leave allergy-free candy that can be safely used or prepare a decoy bag filled with safe candy that can be switched when your child isn’t looking. If allergies are severe, play it safe and carry an up-to-date epinephrine auto-injector. Have a safe and happy Halloween.

More at CNN Eatocracy | Posted 6 years ago by Marty Shaw

Tags: Allergies, Halloween, Candy, Trick or Treat

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Docs Annoyed with Internet

2 Doctors Discuss Dangers of Cyberchondria

Cyberchondria is a new term used to describe a tendency of some patients to use the Internet to convince themselves that they're seriously ill. Some patients are even informing their doctors that they need a referral. Cyberchondriacs who won't accept a counter-diagnosis from their doctors may even end up needing a referral to a mental health professional, writes Los Angeles Times. Some patients obtain useful and accurate information online, while others are misled by what they read. Inaccurate self-diagnoses fueled by online information can be dangerous. Medical experts say that using the Internet to obtain information about a health condition is useful if it prompts patients to visit their doctors, but it's harmful when patients decide a visit isn't necessary.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Hypochondria, Patient Complaints, Patient Fears, Cyberchondria, Diagnosing Yourself Internet, Patients Asking Referrals

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Even Within Regulatory Limits

3 Cancer in Non-Smokers Linked to Air Pollution

Living in a high pollution area may increase a non-smoker’s risk of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent. A study that lasted over 20 years followed 180,000 non-smokers that came from every state in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, 1,100 of whom developed lung cancer and died due to the disease. Using their zip codes, researchers measured levels of air pollution throughout the study and determined the overall average was 17 micrograms of particles per cubic meter of air which is within regulatory limits. Other risk factors such as secondhand cigarette smoke and the amount of radon they were accounted for and it was found that every 10 extra units of pollution increased the risk of lung cancer 15 to 27 percent. Previous research on indoor and outdoor air pollution confirms these results.

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

Previously: Los Angeles Most Polluted City, Bismarck Cleanest

Tags: Air Pollution, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer Risk Factors

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