October 30, 2012

Race to Clean

1 Stop Mold After Hurricane Flooding

Mold can develop rapidly in damp environments after flooding from hurricanes or superstorms like Sandy, and it's dangerous for those with breathing problems brought on by asthma or allergies. WebMD says that even healthy people can develop problems after mold exposure. People who've been exposed to mold may have symptoms including shortness of breath, wheezing, flu-like pains, fatigue and sore throats. Experts say that you should get to work as soon as it's safe to prevent mold growth, which can develop as quickly as 36 hours after flooding. However, it's also important to make sure your home has been cleared by emergency workers before you start work. Otherwise, submerged electrical circuitry and fuse boxes may present threats.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Hurricane Cleanup, Mold After Flooding, Hurricane Mold, Cleaning Up After Sandy, Health Dangers Mold

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Risky Sex, It's Easier Than Ever

2 Teen Smartphone Users May Have More Sex

Teenagers equipped with smartphones could be more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, suggest researchers. Presented at the annual meeting of the America Public Health Association, the research found that teens with access to the Internet via their mobile phones were more than twice as likely to have sex with someone they first encountered online compared with teens without Internet access on their cell phones. Researchers also found that, in general, teens with smartphones were more likely to be sexually active, and were more likely to have been approached for sex online. Researchers say that smartphones don't cause risky sex for teens, but they make it easier to arrange sexual encounters.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Smartphones Great for Visually Impaired

Tags: Smartphone Habits, Smartphone Users, Teen Sex Rates, Smartphone Teenager Sex, Cellphones Sex, America Public Health Association

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Saves Lives

3 Workplace Smoking Bans Are Effective

A study in the American Journal of Public Health finds that workplace smoking bans and smoke-free laws are effective in saving lives that could be lost due to sudden cardiac death and myocardial infarction (heart attack.) The researchers note that there was a substantial decline in heart attacks (33 percent) and sudden cardiovascular death (17 percent) after just 18 months of having bans on smoking in restaurants, bars and workplaces in Olmsted County, Minnesota. Secondhand smoke kills 42,000 non-smokers in the United States each year, including nearly 900 infants. Passive smoking also contributes to $6.6 billion in lost productivity. Environmental tobacco smoke is not just a nuisance, says former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona. Science has compelling shown that it harms human health.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: CDC Predicts Smoking Bans in All States by 2020, HNationwide Smoking Ban Would Save Millions

Tags: Heart Disease, Secondhand Smoke, Smoking Ban, Smoking Bans, Smoking Dangers, Smoke-Free Laws

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