If you’ve ever been taken aback by the pungent chemical cloud hanging over your local hair or nail salon, you’ve probably wondered whether it would be best to simply hold your breath (especially if you were around when Aquanet hairspray was burning a hole in the ozone layer!). The good news is that there is … More How Safe are Salon Products?
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?
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)
This year, four children in Texas died after an unpleasant smell was noticed in their home. It was later discovered that the landlord had sprayed rodenticides around the outside of the house. How could this have been prevented? In another news report, a 1-year old boy experienced vomiting and green diarrhea after his mother found … More Rodenticides: Keep critters at bay but keep children away
In a world where technology is everywhere, how much screen time is too much? We all know too much TV is bad for us. Everyone remembers being scolded by their parents for watching too much television, hearing “it’s bad for your eyes,” or “you’re turning into a couch-potato.” But in the 21st century, the … More iScreen, you screen, we all scream for screen time!
In 2006, the U.S. Surgeon General reported that “the scientific evidence indicates there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand [tobacco] smoke.” At that time, over 50,000 deaths per year were attributed to secondhand tobacco smoke alone. Although more studies are needed on cannabis (marijuana) secondhand and thirdhand smoke, some data already available shows … More Secondhand and Thirdhand Cigarette and Marijuana Smoke
RECESS! Time for lava monster, freeze tag, four square, and foot races! Playing outside on playgrounds, driveways, or blacktops are central to a child’s healthy lifestyle, and we want to keep it that way. You may have heard or read that certain pavement sealants (“blacktop”) can cause cancer and are less environmentally friendly than alternatives. … More Let’s Seal the Deal: Ban Coal Tar-Based Blacktop Sealant
Turn on the local news in the US and, more often than not, you’ll hear a story about gun violence. Serious injuries and fatalities from guns occur far too often nowadays. Whether or not stricter gun control laws are the answer is a topic for another day. However, one thing that everyone can agree on … More Prevention is the best medicine: How to keep your kids safe from gun accidents
Please enjoy the latest Children’s Environmental Health Bulletin from the US EPA. Take special note of the requests for public comment on air and water contaminants. This is a real opportunity to have your voice heard, since the EPA is required to not only read, but “consider” all comments when issuing its final rules. I … More Children’s Environmental Health Bulletin
What do a paper cut, cooking dinner, visiting the doctor’s office and an airplane ride have in common? All of them may seem harmless, but they may be sources of infection, and could also cause the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial resistance occurs when germs are resistant to “antimicrobials” (e.g. antibiotics); the medicine doesn’t cure … More Superbugs: Resistance is Futile