From once being a commodity reserved to the wealthy to becoming virtually indispensable for the common person, cell phone use has dramatically increased in the last 10 years. This increasing popularity makes it essential to understand the potential negative effects of cell phone usage. The effects on acute or chronic cellular exposure are currently unclear, … More Health effects of cell phone exposure
We’re all relatively aware of the unpleasant effects chemotherapy has on cancer patients. But have you ever wondered about the risks they pose on nurses and other health care workers who handle, prepare, and administer them to these patients? Though health care workers are not intentionally receiving the chemical treatment, they are exposed to these … More Effects of chemotherapy on health care workers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled a set of girl’s clothing from H.I.S. due to a metal pendant on the necklace that contains lead. The levels of lead exceed the federal lead content band and is toxic if ingested by children. For more information, visit: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/HIS-Recalls-Girls-Clothing-Sets-Due-to-Violation-of-Federal-Lead-Content-Ban
We hear cautionary tales to avoid pesticides and instead we are told to buy organic products. But how do we know whether the foods labeled “organic” that we consume are truly better for us? Let’s start with the basics and define some of the common words we hear at the grocery store: What is produce? … More Choosing the best produce: What does it mean to be organic?
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
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
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
We can understand electromagnetic radiation by breaking the term down into three parts. The electro- refers to electric fields, which are created by any charge (or voltage). The higher the voltage involved, the stronger the electric field. The magnetic part refers to magnetic fields, which are formed any time there is a current (or flow … More What is electromagnetic radiation?
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
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