December 27, 2012

Thousands Swallow Them

1 Lithium Batteries in Toys Pose Risk to Kids

Parents whose Christmas gifts for young children included electronic toys, gadgets, games or musical greeting cards that are powered by button-sized lithium batteries are urged by pediatricians to monitor their usage closely. Just under 3,500 children swallowed such batteries last year, resulting in serious health risks beyond the obvious choking hazard. The batteries can lodge in a child’s esophagus, where their harsh chemicals may burn holes in tissue and result in ongoing difficulties breathing or eating, possibly even compromising heart function. The danger exists throughout the year, but emergency room visits for swallowed batteries peak just after the holidays, when the toys are new and unfamiliar and parental vigilance is most strongly recommended.

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

Previously: Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves

Tags: Dangerous Toys, Children's Toys Hazards, Lithium Battery Injuries, Dangers of Lithium Batteries, Injuries from Toys, Electronic Toy Dangers

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Pot a Risk Factor and Relief

2 Complex Link Between Pot Use and Psychosis

Results from a new study in Dutch teens supports previous research that found a complicated relationship between marijuana use and the likelihood of psychotic symptoms. Over 2,000 Dutch teens took surveys about pot use at around 14, 16 and 19 years old and took psychosis vulnerability tests. Approximately 44 percent of teens said they used pot. Researchers found a bidirectional relationship with pot use and psychosis. Sixteen year olds who smoked were more likely to have psychotic symptoms at 19 and those who had symptoms of psychosis at 16 were more likely to use pot three years later. Researchers believe that genetics in addition to smoking pot may be another risk factor for psychosis while it can also be argued that someone who experiences psychotic symptoms may self-medicate with pot.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Marijuana May Hasten Development of Mental Illness

Tags: Cannabis, Drug Use in Teens, Marijuana, Mental Illness, Pot, Psychosis, Drugs Use and Psychotic Symptoms in Teens

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