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
What is vaping? Vaping is the act of breathing in flavored vapor through a commercial device (shown below). The flavored vapor is created by heating up a liquid that contains various concentrations of nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and natural or artificial flavoring. Some popular flavors are raspberry, cotton candy, vanilla, and caramel cheesecake. Not … More Vaping: The New Trend
A new report released by the Breast Cancer Fund’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (2016, October 13), uncovers the widespread presence of toxic chemicals in kids’ cosmetics and face paints. The Breast Cancer Fund sent 48 Halloween face paints to an independent laboratory to have them tested for heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, … More Pretty Scary 2: Unmasking Toxic Chemicals in Kids’ Makeup and Face Paint
Unfortunately, violence has become a regular part of our environment. “Environment” in this case, can mean the area around our neighborhoods or our children’s schools. And it can mean our virtual environment, on the news or in our children’s video games. As young people develop in today’s interconnected world, each of these exposures to … More Environmental Violence Increases Likelihood of Dating Violence and Health Problems
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
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!
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