December 13, 2012

Vomiting, Seizures, Whee

1 Synthetic Pot Sending Thousands to ERs

More than 11,400 people went to U.S. emergency rooms in 2010 to deal with medical problems caused by “synthetic marijuana,” which is merely plant matter sprayed with psychoactive chemical concoctions that are synthesized with no oversight or controls. Over 11 percent of U.S. high school seniors reported having smoked it in 2011, and 75 percent of the ER patients were aged 12 to 29, most of them male. Among the problems that users have reported are nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, seizures, paranoia, hallucinations, tremors, and elevated blood pressure. The bogus pot was widely sold sold as a kind of herbal incense with names such as "K2" and "Spice" until it was banned by the Food and Drug Administration last summer. Note: actual pot use led to over 460,000 ER visits in 2010.

More at Health.usnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Manmade Pot More Dangerous That Real Thing

Tags: Synthetic Marijuana, Synthetic Pot, Synthetic Pot and Health Problems, Illness Caused by Synthetic Pot, Drugs and ERs, K2 and Health Dangers

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Reversing a 30 Year Trend?

2 Childhood Obesity Rates Drop

Childhood obesity rates are on the decline in some US cities, finds a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, perhaps signaling a trend that the obesity epidemic may be reversing course. NYC reported a drop of 5.5% in the number of obese schoolchildren from 2007-2011. Philadelphia reported a 5% drop and LA is down 3%. Researchers are not sure what’s behind the declines, the first in 30 years. Obesity is now part of a national conversation but researchers, many of whom doubt that anti-obesity programs work, say it will take a broad set of policies applied systematically to effectively reverse childhood obesity. Philadelphia, for example, has reduced or eliminated sugary drinks from school vending machines, replaced whole milk with 1% or skim and reduced serving sizes of snack foods.

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

Previously: Oregon Has Fewest Obese Kids

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Obesity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Childhood Obesity Rates Drop

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Beef E.Coli, Fecal Matter

3 Your Meat May Hold Unwanted Surprises

Steak and other meat products such as hamburger may be contaminated more than previously known with E. coli bacteria and fecal matter, finds a new report published in the Kansas City Star. A year-long investigation has found that the beef industry is increasingly relying on a mechanical process to tenderize meat which then drives surface pathogens deeper into the meat. If the food isn’t cooked to the proper temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit, it can cause illness and potentially death. A 2008 USDA survey found that more than 90 percent of beef producers are using the method called “blading” or “needling,” however meat is often not labeled as such. The American Meat Institute has defended the final product as safe, but are awaiting further investigation into the process.

More at The Kansas City Star | Hat tip to Medical Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: What You Need to Know About E. Coli

Tags: Beef, E. Coli, Food Safety, Meat, E. Coli Bacteria

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