What says “summer” more than outdoor grilling and the smell of barbecue wafting on a warm breeze?
Well, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), summer might also mean a trip to the emergency hospital after a barbecue.
The CDC recently issued a warning in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that consumers should be careful when grilling because wire bristles from brushes used to clean grills can dislodge and end up on food. If ingested, the minute wire bristles can cause serious internal damage. Read the rest »
Having a child in a hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) can be a frightening enough ordeal, but now an investigation by Consumer Reports has found there is even more reason to be worried. According to the report from the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, pediatric ICU’s often have higher infection rates than adult ICU’s — on average 20 percent higher.
The investigation focused on 92 pediatric ICU’s in 31 states. What it found was that the deadliest of infections were introduced through central line catheters, which deliver nutrition, medication, and fluids to critically ill patients. If doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff don’t insert the catheters using absolutely sterile techniques or if the catheters aren’t kept scrupulously clean, infections can be introduced and can quickly spread throughout the body. Read the rest »
The American Academy of Pediatrics, in a new report published in the journal Pediatrics, has issued a policy statement that teens should be banned from tanning salons to reduce their risk of getting melanoma or skin cancer. MSNBC reports that more than 30 states already have some ban in place, such as banning teens under the age of 14 from tanning or requiring the permission of parent. Illinois and New York are considering limiting the use of tanning beds to those age 18 or older.
Kayla Collier, Miss Florida Teen USA, was a beauty pageant contestant when she first started visiting tanning salons at the age of 15. But her mother noticed a scab on her back which turned out to be skin cancer. Collier, now 20, joined state lawmakers in 2009 to speak out in support of a proposal to ban tanning bed use for people under the age of 16 in Florida. “I know teenagers that go every day, every week, twice a day sometimes to tanning beds,” she said. “I do believe that it did play a part in my skin cancer.” Read the rest »