Teenage occupational toxic exposures

The work force involves people of many ages.  Teenagers are often overlooked or not included when calculating health risks in occupational medicine.  One study reported at least four million teenagers are part of the current work force.  Teenagers generally perform jobs with little training or skill required, often work many hours of overtime, are usually … More Teenage occupational toxic exposures

“Are coffee grounds grounding kids?” – Effects of caffeine on children and adolescents

Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts?  Coke or Pepsi?  Monster or Rockstar?  Coffee or tea?  We have all had our fair share of these throughout adulthood.  But do you remember how old you were when you started drinking caffeine on a regular basis?  Or even just a few times a week? Over the next few minutes, we … More “Are coffee grounds grounding kids?” – Effects of caffeine on children and adolescents

Dynamic furniture for improved classroom health

Today’s modern office plays hosts to a plethora of innovative furniture pieces. While the jury is still out regarding the specific health benefits of standing desks, balance balls, kneeling chairs, bicycle-powered computers and the like, it has become ever more clear that sitting for prolonged periods of time is detrimental to our health [Diaz 2017]. … More Dynamic furniture for improved classroom health

The real dangers of fake marijuana –Implications for the legalization of marijuana

Designer drugs have been increasingly popular in the United States. These substances are the product of adding various chemicals to herb-based drugs like marijuana. A type of designer drugs, known as “Spice “ and “K2”, belong to a subclass of designer drugs also known as synthetic cannabinoids. Synthetic cannabinoids are human manufactured substances that exert … More The real dangers of fake marijuana –Implications for the legalization of marijuana

Physical urticarias – Rare causes of hives you should be aware of

Many of us have experienced hives before: the raised, red, extremely itchy patches of skin resulting from an allergic reaction to a medication, a type of food, or even an insect bite. We dread them because they are super annoying and even painful at times. Most of the time, it is pretty simple to avoid … More Physical urticarias – Rare causes of hives you should be aware of

Social Media’s Effects on Adolescent Mental Health

“Do it for the ‘gram,’” has become a common phrase among children and teenagers alike, signifying doing an act or posing in a certain manner specifically to later post a photo on Instagram and receive numerous likes. This is just one example of social media potentially dictating adolescents’ lives. Though harmless in theory, social media … More Social Media’s Effects on Adolescent Mental Health

Is cell phone radiation harmful in pregnancy and childhood?

Cell phones have become a major part of everyday life in the last few decades. With the increase in cell phone usage across all ages, races, and socio-economic status, there is growing concern for consequences of cell phone radiation exposure in pregnant women and children. Below we’ll explain the major issues with cell phone radiation … More Is cell phone radiation harmful in pregnancy and childhood?

Five Important Facts about Opioids (narcotic pain killers)

1. Not all painkillers are the same • There are many types of medicines to help with pain. You might choose to buy something at the drug store like aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or a “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug” – NSAID (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen). • Or your doctor/nurse practitioner may prescribe pain medicine. It may be a … More Five Important Facts about Opioids (narcotic pain killers)