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How to clean your fruits and vegetables

December 16th, 2010 - By Alison Johnson, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) (MCT)

Recent reports of illness caused by fresh produce have upped awareness on the need to wash before eating. Each of the basic rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is “equally important,” says Robert Buchwald, environmental health supervisor with a branch of the Virginia Department of Health. “It’s just good to see the message being put out in different places where people can come across it.”

Wash everything. That includes prepackaged products—even if the label says “pre-washed” or “ready to eat”—and the outer rinds and skins of all produce (although you may not eat that layer, you can transfer dirt, germs, mold and pesticides inside fruits and vegetables when you cut or peel them).

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Keep bedbugs at bay

December 7th, 2010 - By Katy Moeller, McClatchy Newspapers

If you itch just thinking about bedbugs, here’s something to help you sleep at night: These blood-suckers—which don’t carry disease as mosquitoes and ticks do—can’t fly or jump onto your head or clothes.

They crawl. So, if you’re paying attention, you will see them coming. And if you’re vigilant when you return home from out-of-town trips, you won’t accidentally import them into your house.

“They don’t move real fast, but they are relentless,” said Jeffrey Weier, an entomologist who has been in pest control for nearly 40 years.

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Health care providers pledging less radiation

December 3rd, 2010 - By Associated Press

Heath care providers are pledging to stop the overuse of radiation on patients during medical exams in a new, nationwide safety effort launched this week in Chicago.

The first step in the Image Wisely campaign is a pledge—signed so far by nearly 700 health care providers—to use the least radiation necessary on patients for a procedure. An expert panel at a radiology meeting Thursday said the campaign may lead to more review of protocols, more accreditation of imaging facilities and more widely shared standards on proper radiation doses.

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Brain docs raise concussion alarm for kids’ sports

November 3rd, 2010 - By Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer

The risk of concussions from football and some other sports is so serious that a qualified athletic trainer should always be on the field—at adult and children’s games, and even at practice, a major doctors group said Monday.

Following that advice from the American Academy of Neurology would be a dramatic change for youth sports programs, most of which don’t have certified trainers.

The doctors group recognizes it isn’t necessarily feasible. One official called it a gold standard to strive for.

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Healthy Products—Safe and Germ-free

November 2nd, 2010 - By Kathleen Quilligan

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The last thing you want to do when disinfecting your hands is worry about what harmful chemicals may be in the disinfectant. That’s where CleanWell’s All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes come in.

Available in original and orange vanilla scents, the wipes use a formula made from plant essential oils to meet FDA standards and kill 99.99 percent of germs. The wipes are alcohol and Triclosan free, important to note because Triclosan is a synthetic chemical that when absorbed in the body can mimic or block hormones, disrupting the body’s functions.

CleanWell’s All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes are available for $4.99 at Whole Foods Market, diapers.com, drugstore.com and cleanwelltoday.com.

Keep It Clean

October 29th, 2010 - By Heather Augustyn

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This past summer, Chef Albert Abrams of Methodist Hospitals went to Monterey, California, to attend a produce safety seminar, which focused on everything from where produce grows to where it is processed. Abrams visited fields and factories to learn how produce is planted and produced, and also attended meetings to learn about produce issues, such as sustainability. The seminar provided Abrams with valuable knowledge about food safety.

“I know for sure that the produce we receive is safe, because I saw firsthand how it was produced in the factories. Everything was triple washed,” says Abrams, who has been working for Methodist Hospitals for 10 months.

Hidden Dangers—Common household poisons

October 26th, 2010 - By Heather Augustyn

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In the 1970s, the Pittsburgh Poison Center created Mr. Yuk, a chartreuse-green colored sticker depicting an icon, tongue sticking out, to place on hazardous chemicals in the home. They even created a public service announcement to accompany the campaign with the Mr. Yuk song. “Home is full of lots of things that children shouldn’t touch. Home is full of bad things that can hurt you very much,” sang Mr. Yuk, the new replacement for skulls and crossbones to warn of poison. Now Mr. Yuk is gone, reportedly more of an attraction for kids than a deterrent. But the danger of household poisons still remains.

Erin Pallasch, pharmacist and certified specialist in poison information at the Illinois Poison Center, says they receive calls every day regarding poisons around the home.

Healthy Products—Emergency Aspirin Dispenser

October 24th, 2010 - By Kathleen Quilligan

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When suffering a heart attack, seconds count.

That’s why Advent Consumer Healthcare, LLC, has developed a way to fight heart disease that fits in the palm of your hand, preventing you from having to open bottles or dig around in medicine cabinets. In August, the company rolled out the At Heart emergency aspirin dispenser, available in CVS pharmacies for under $5, to help fight heart disease. The dispenser is only three inches, making it the perfect size to attach to a keychain or slip into a purse, making the two blister-sealed 325 mg aspirin tablets easy to access.

At the first onset of heart attack symptoms, the American Heart Association recommends calling 911 and chewing on a regular strength aspirin tablet. When that aspirin tablet is readily available via the At Heart dispenser, a life could be saved. For more information about At Heart, visit at-heart.com.

Hands-only CPR saves more lives in cardiac arrests

October 8th, 2010 - By Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer

Hands-only CPR doesn’t just eliminate the “yuck factor.” A new study shows it can save more lives.

It’s the first large American study to show more adults survived cardiac arrest when a bystander gave them continuous chest presses to simulate a heartbeat, compared to traditional CPR with mouth-to-mouth breathing.

“Anyone who can put one hand on top of the other, lock their elbows and push hard and fast can do this. No risk, no fear of causing harm,” said lead author Dr. Ben Bobrow of the Arizona Department of Health Services in Phoenix.

“We want to take away all the reasons bystanders do nothing when they witness another person collapse.”

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No laps for warm laptops; skin damage is possible

October 5th, 2010 - By Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer

Have you ever worked on your laptop computer with it sitting on your lap, heating up your legs? If so, you might want to rethink that habit.

Doing it a lot can lead to “toasted skin syndrome,” an unusual-looking mottled skin condition caused by long-term heat exposure, according to medical reports.

In one recent case, a 12-year-old boy developed a sponge-patterned skin discoloration on his left thigh after playing computer games a few hours every day for several months.

“He recognized that the laptop got hot on the left side; however, regardless of that, he did not change its position,” Swiss researchers reported in an article published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

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