November 11, 2011

Even Teens Are Swallowing Them

1 Super Magnet Injuries on the Rise, Say Feds

Kids and teens are swallowing or otherwise injuring themselves with high-powered magnets at an increasing rate, with 14 incidents reported so far in 2011 and 22 over the last three years. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that the executive desk toy products pose a risk for serious injury, with 11 children requiring abdominal surgery to remove magnets. Although toddlers might be expected to pick up and swallow the shiny ball-bearing-like magnets, even teens have inadvertently swallowed them while attempting to simulate body piercing by placing two magnets on opposite sides of their tongues. Although loose high-powered magnets are banned from use in toys marketed to children under 14, stress-reduction adult toy sets, containing as many as 200 of the magnets, are not regulated.

More at Consumer Product Safety Commission | Hat tip to Medical News Today | Posted 6 years ago by Mark

Previously: Babies Strangled with Video Monitor Cords

Tags: Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, Magnets, High Powered Magnets, Super Magnets, Toy Safety

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Got Milk? Drink It Down!

2 Nursing Your Latte May Increase Tooth Decay

Don't nurse your latte throughout the may be the new warning for the coffee crazed who are showing up in dentists’ offices with more cavities, notes Seattle dentist Heidi Hackett. When people nurse lattes or coffee throughout the day “the constant exposure to the lactose or milk sugar is giving the bacteria in the mouth a flood of raw fuel or 'food' to metabolize," says Hackett who adds that the type of bacteria most responsible for tooth decay is Streptococcus mutans which turns sugar and carbs into acid that eats away at tooth enamel. Hackett recommends drinking your latte in 15 minutes as opposed to nursing it throughout the day, drinking water to help neutralize the acid or chewing sugar free gum to stimulate saliva production to help rinse and neutralize acids.

More at MSNBC.msn.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Cavities Can Be Contagious

Tags: Carbohydrates, Cavities, Streptococcus Mutans, Sugar, Tooth Decay, Tooth Enamel, Heidi Hackett, Coffee and Cavities

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Testing Starting at Age 9

3 Kids Should Have Cholesterol Tests

Children should be tested for high cholesterol as young as age 9, say doctors on an expert government panel appointed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Though the doctors have no proof that the testing will help prevent heart attacks in adulthood, they say that waiting for testing could be dangerous for kids with hidden risks. The panel, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has suggested that cholesterol screening begin between ages 9 and 11, before puberty, which causes a dip in cholesterol. Testing should also take place between ages 17 and 21. Washington Post reports that the panel also suggests that overweight kids and those with other risk factors for Type 2 diabetes begin screening for the disease every two years starting at age 9.

More at Washington Post | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Cholesterol Testing Kids, Age Begin Cholesterol Tests, When to Start Cholesterol Testing, New Cholesterol Guidelines for Kids, Children Age 9 to 11 Cholesterol Tests, Pediatric Medications Cholesterol

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Nurse Turnover a Factor

4 Study Links Nurse and Patient Safety

Results from a study conducted by public health researchers at Drexel University has found that increasing safety reduces injuries in both patients and nurses. A safety climate survey was given to 723 registered nurses and data from needle-stick, splashes, falls and trips was collected along with information on pulmonary embolism/deep vein thrombosis, falls and bedsores from 28,876 patient discharges. Ten point increases on the safety score translated into a 44 to 48 percent reduction of bedsores in patients and 40 to 50 percent lower risk of nurse injuries. As nurse turnover increased by 10 percent, the risk of nurse and patient injuries increased by 68 percent. Further investigation will involve a long-term studies looking at safety factors in different hospital and injuries.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Future Surgeons Might Use Robotic Nurses

Tags: Deep Vein Thrombosis, Drexel University, Patient Safety, Pulmonary Embolism, Nurse Safety, Hospital Safety, Needle-Sticks, Nurses

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