Summer! School is out and fun is in. For parents, summertime also means thinking about child safety while kids spend more time outdoors and at home. Here are a few reliable online resources that provide information to help parents navigate common summertime (and even year-round) exposures. 1. Protection against the sun: Choosing the healthiest and… More Online Resources to Ensure Your and Your Family’s Safety this Summer
In April 2016, Campbell’s announced a plan to phase out bisphenol A lining in their soup cans. The idea was first announced in 2012 but the transition was delayed by the difficulty in finding a suitable alternative. Acidic liquids like tomato soup react with the containers they sit in and can release harmful byproducts into… More BPA: What’s in your Tupperware?
Zika virus is one of the hottest topics in the news today. While we are learning much about this virus, there is still a lot that is unclear. The current hype is due to the potential link between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and birth defects. There is also a potential link between Zika and… More Understanding Zika Virus
With winter fast approaching and climate change causing increased temperature extremes, the importance of cold injury awareness becomes more relevant. The CDC reports that exposure to excessive natural cold has claimed the lives of over 250 people per year on average from 2006-2010. Individuals at greatest risk include the elderly, infants, people with chronic diseases… More Get Warm: How to Spot and Prevent Cold – Related Injuries
Do you eat lunch meat, hot dogs, bacon, sausages or other packaged or cured meats? If so, all of these products contain added nitrates and nitrites which preserve the meats and fix color, add flavor, and prevent the fats from going bad. Nitrates and nitrites have become hot topics in recent years because of reports… More Lunch Meat, Hot Dogs, and Cancer
If you, your child, or your patients have asthma, you may have noticed that symptoms get worse on hot, humid days. Unfortunately, ozone and particles in the air – the main components of air pollution — may be to blame. People who suffer from wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath on hot days should consider… More Summertime – and the Breathing is Easy — cough, wheeze, pant…
Exposure to loud noise is a common cause of hearing loss. When we think of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) we often think of very loud noises with long term exposures in adults; like a near-deaf ex-rocker who played way too many concerts in front of the amplifier, or the construction worker who regularly operates a jackhammer… More Listen Up! Childhood Noise Exposure and Hearing Loss
What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas made from the inefficient burning of carbon-based fuels like coal, wood, oil, propane, and natural gas. Your risk of exposure increases if these fuels are burned in small spaces with improper ventilation such as in garages or basement rooms. How do I know if I’m… More Read this post: CO kills
As the season changes, many children may experience problems with their asthma. There are things you can do to reduce your child’s risk of an asthma attack caused by environmental exposures. Read on for information about this topic: What is asthma? Asthma is a disease of the small airways in the lungs, characterized by a… More How the environment can make your child’s asthma worse
Have you given any thought to how cars magically start when the ignition key is turned? The car engine is burning gasoline, which gives it the ability to start and run. Whenever a moving or idling car is burning gasoline, it releases vehicle emissions into the surrounding air which are inhaled by anyone who is… More Turn off your car, children are breathing!