Phthalates are Out of Infants’ Toys But a Heavy Dose is Still in Their Food

The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com) -by Lenny Bernstein

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Remember the great phthalate scare of 2008? Congress, in a rare bipartisan response to a clamor from parents and health experts that children’s toys made abroad were laced with chemicals that could harm boys’ reproductive systems banned the toxins so infants would no longer ingest them by mouthing the plastic objects.

And then phthalates (pronounced thal-eights) pretty much faded from public view. But a new study shows that an infant with a typical diet is still consuming twice as much of the chemicals as the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe.

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Consumer Reports Advises Against Using Spray Sunscreen On Kids While FDA Investigates

Huffington Post (huffingtopost.com) by Mandy Velez

Monday, July 7, 2014

Spray sunscreen may take half the time as lotions to apply, but health officials are unsure if they’re completely safe.

The Food and Drug Administration announced their investigation of spray sunscreen safety in 2011, but have yet to release a verdict. However, Consumer Reports recently issued a warning against the sprays that advises parents to stay away from using them on children.

“We now say that until the FDA completes its analysis, the products should generally not be used by or on children,” says Consumer Reports. “We have also removed one sunscreen spray — Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50 — from the group of recommended sunscreens in our sunscreen Ratings, because it is marketed especially for children.”

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Young Women More Likely to Have Major Heart Problems if They are Depressed

Daily News (nydailynews.com) – by Reuters

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Women under age 55 with suspected heart problems are twice as likely to have a heart attack, require artery-opening procedures or die if they also have depression, according to a new study.

“We can’t prove with this study that depression causes heart disease, but we can say that these women do worse over time,” lead author Dr. Amit Shah, from Emory University in Atlanta, told Reuters Health.

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Why Toddlers Don’t Need ADHD Medication

Philly.Com (philly.com) – by W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

At least 10,000 toddlers in the United States are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when they shouldn’t be receiving this type of treatment, according to data presented last month by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Susan Visser, DrPH, MS, presented data at the annual meeting at the Carter Center in Atlanta, on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.  Rosalyn Carter began her work in promoting mental health issues in the 1970s when she was First Lady and it continues today, and every year there is a well-attended conference at the Center in Atlanta.

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Staring at Screens All Day Linked to Changes in Eye Secretions

Reuters (reuters.com) -by Kathryn Doyle

Monday, June 16, 2014

Office workers who spend long hours looking at computer screens have changes in their tear fluid similar to people with the disease known as dry eye, according to a study from Japan.

The protein MUC5AC, secreted by cells in the upper eyelid, makes up part of the normally occurring mucus layer, or “tear film,” that keeps the eye moist. But study participants with the most screen time had MUC5AC levels nearing those of people with diagnosed dry eye.

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Fasting May Help Protect Against Immune-Related Effects of Chemotherapy and Aging

Eurekalert (eurekalert.org) -by Mary Beth O’Leary

Thursday, June 5, 2014

While chemotherapy can save lives, it can also cause many side effects, including the depletion of immune cells. Also, even in the absence of chemotherapy, normal aging takes a heavy toll on the immune system, leading to immune deficiencies and a higher risk of developing leukemia and a variety of malignancies with age.

Now researchers reporting in the June 5th issue of the Cell Press journal Cell Stem Cell have found that a simple dietary intervention-periodic fasting-may combat both chemotherapy-induced and aging-related changes in immune cell function by replenishing stem cells in the blood.

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As More Young People Suffer From Heart Attacks, Doctors Examine Symptoms

Philly.Com (philly.com) – by Andrea Walker

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Carrie O’Connor thought she was a fairly healthy 35-year-old who went on daily jogs and ate well. Then, more than a year ago, she suffered back-to-back heart attacks.

The first hit while she was treating herself to baubles at Smyth Jewelers in Timonium, Md. The project manager at T. Rowe Price suddenly felt nauseated and severe pain consumed her stomach. Pain shot up her arm and her jaw ached. All were common symptoms of a heart attack, the paramedics later told her.

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Stress: How Stress Can Affect You and How to Stay Healthy Under Stress

Orangeville Banner (orangeville.com) by Christa Reed Kruger, BAS, ND

Friday, May 30, 2014

Stress! We see the word and immediately we react. We know stress; we might even fear stress, shun it. We’ve had experience with stress and we understand that it can bring about anything from sleeplessness and the jitters to the risk of serious illness.

When you are under stress, what can you do about it? What actions can you take and is there anyone who can help you?

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Infertility Treatments

NH Magazine (nhmagazine.com) by Karen A.  Jamrog

May 2014 Issue

“I was embarrassed that I might be infertile,” says Marcia, a Granite State resident, as she looks back on her struggles in the 1990’s to conceive.  “I felt somewhat like a failure thinking that I wasn’t able to get pregnant because my body was lacking something.”

For millions of people who want but are unable to have biological children, the psychological toll of infertility can be tremendous.  “The rate of infertility in this country is the same as that of breast cancer, but it’s not something that people talk about,” says Jaclyn Chasse, ND, a naturopathic doctor and the cofounder of Northeast Integrative Medicine in Bedford.  “It can be a silent struggle,” she says.

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EWG’s 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Eat fruits and vegetables!

The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and choosing the least contaminated produce.

For the second year, we have expanded the Dirty Dozen™ with a Plus category to highlight two crops – domestically-grown summer squash and leafy greens, specifically kale and collards. These crops did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen™ criteria but were commonly contaminated with pesticides exceptionally toxic to the nervous system.

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