May 23, 2012

In Support of Safe Chemicals Act

1 Stroller Brigade Rolls into DC to Help Kids

A group of activists dubbed The Stroller Brigade and including nurses, cancer survivors, parents and their children, gathered in DC to support the Safe Chemicals Act which, if passed, would create new methods to monitor toxic chemicals used in consumer products. The chemicals in question are widely used as flame retardants in furniture and baby products and have been linked to developmental and neurological problems, cancer and impaired fertility. Proponents of the bill say the chemicals are showing up in the bloodstreams of babies and children. Opponents, most notably, the American Chemistry Council which reps chemical manufacturers, say the bill has “many serious flaws.” The Democratic backed bill has yet to garner any support from Republicans which will make it difficult to pass.

More at LATimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: US Needs to Protect Public from Toxic Chemicals

Tags: Toxic Chemicals, Stroller Brigade, Safe Chemicals Act, Baby Products, Flame Retardants, American Chemistry Council

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Dry Eyes for Pretty Skin

2 Accutane May Cause Pink Eye

Accutane and Roaccutane acne medications double the risk for developing eye infections like pink eye (conjunctivitis) and sties. Researchers from Tel Aviv University found that the patients who took the oral medications for acne doubled their risk of developing an eye infection when compared to acne sufferers who didn't take the drugs. Accutane and Roaccutane commonly cause dryness of the skin and lips, and may also affect eye lubrication. Proper eye lubrication is necessary for washing away bacteria and viruses from the eye and eyelid. Researchers say that patients taking the acne drugs should ask their doctors about also using eye drops or artificial tears. The research is published in Archives of Dermatology.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Eye-Popping Circle Lenses May Be Dangerous

Tags: Archives of Dermatology, Tel Aviv University, Cause Pink Eye, Cause Sties, Cause Eye Infections, Side Effects Accutane, Health Dangers Accutane, Roaccutane Side Effects, Accutane Side Effects, Conjunctivitis Causes, Use Eye Drops with Accutane

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Slow Electrical Impulses a Sign

3 Early Warning Sign for Sudden Cardiac Death

Men who have electrical impulses that travel more slowly through the lower heart chambers have increased risk for sudden cardiac death, suggest researchers who studied more than 2,000 Finnish men. The research participants, ages 42 to 60, were followed for 19 years, and results are reported in Circulation. Researchers found that the risk for sudden cardiac death was elevated by 27 percent for each 10 milliseconds increase in the QRS duration as measured by an electrocardiogram (ECG). Waves traveling through the lower chamber of heart are shown on ECG as QRS complex. Men with QRS durations exceeding 110 milliseconds had a 2.5-fold greater risk for sudden cardiac death compared to men with a QRS duration that was less than 96 milliseconds.

More at MSN Health | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Air Pollution Affects Blood Pressure

Tags: QRS Complex, Electrocardiogram, Electrical Impulses, Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death, Early Warning Signal Sudden Cardiac Death

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