Reader Question: Cleaning Products at School

Reader Question: Cleaning Products at School

Reader Submitted Question:  I believe my daughter has been chemically poisoned at her school from cleaners they were using. Doctors are trying to diagnose her with ulcerative colitis and won’t listen to anything I say.  Do you know of anywhere in Iowa I could take her where she could get the proper care and diagnosis? […]

Up in Smoke?  Health Impacts from Wood Burning

Up in Smoke? Health Impacts from Wood Burning

The health impacts of wood burning have received increased attention from the scientific community in recent years.  The recent research activity has focused on the role of wood burning in air pollution, its potential health effects and measures to control the negative impacts.  Wood burning is used in a variety of settings including homes, schools […]

Biomonitoring and the Maternal and Infant Environment

Biomonitoring and the Maternal and Infant Environment

    Biomonitoring and the Maternal and Infant Environmental Exposure Project (MIEEP) What is Biomonitoring? Biomonitoring is the measurement of chemicals (or their metabolites, the chemical alteration of the original compound produced by body tissues) in a person’s body fluids or tissues, such as blood or urine. It tells us the amount of the chemical […]

Visiting your Doctor with Environmental Concerns

Visiting your Doctor with Environmental Concerns

  Preparing for visits to our doctors or other healthcare providers is an important step to a successful outcome.  Give your questions and concerns to your providers ahead of time, so that they can help address them and find additional resources as needed. If you have a particular concern, share it when you are scheduling […]

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

  Super heroes, monsters, and princesses…oh my!  Halloween is fast approaching and is often a favorite holiday for kids.  You dress up and get lots of candy for free; what’s not to like!  However, Halloween can present some safety concerns for parents.  Make your Halloween safe and happy by following these safety tips.   Chemical […]

Reader Question: Cleaning Products at School
Reader Question: Cleaning Products at School

Reader Submitted Question:  I believe my daughter has been chemically poisoned at her school from cleaners they were using. Doctors are trying to diagnose her with ulcerative colitis and won’t listen to anything I say.  Do you know of anywhere in Iowa I could take her where she could get the proper care and diagnosis? […]

Up in Smoke? Health Impacts from Wood Burning
Up in Smoke?  Health Impacts from Wood Burning

The health impacts of wood burning have received increased attention from the scientific community in recent years.  The recent research activity has focused on the role of wood burning in air pollution, its potential health effects and measures to control the negative impacts.  Wood burning is used in a variety of settings including homes, schools […]

Biomonitoring and the Maternal and Infant Environment
Biomonitoring and the Maternal and Infant Environment

    Biomonitoring and the Maternal and Infant Environmental Exposure Project (MIEEP) What is Biomonitoring? Biomonitoring is the measurement of chemicals (or their metabolites, the chemical alteration of the original compound produced by body tissues) in a person’s body fluids or tissues, such as blood or urine. It tells us the amount of the chemical […]

Visiting your Doctor with Environmental Concerns
Visiting your Doctor with Environmental Concerns

  Preparing for visits to our doctors or other healthcare providers is an important step to a successful outcome.  Give your questions and concerns to your providers ahead of time, so that they can help address them and find additional resources as needed. If you have a particular concern, share it when you are scheduling […]

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents
Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

  Super heroes, monsters, and princesses…oh my!  Halloween is fast approaching and is often a favorite holiday for kids.  You dress up and get lots of candy for free; what’s not to like!  However, Halloween can present some safety concerns for parents.  Make your Halloween safe and happy by following these safety tips.   Chemical […]

Easier Access to Caffeine for Kids
Easier Access to Caffeine for Kids

  Caffeine is a drug that can be commonly found in many different products including soda, coffee, chocolate, and tea as well as medications such as NoDoz®. It is continually being added to new products every day. For example, caffeine can be found in diet aids and energy drinks. Most of these products are geared […]

Look Before You Leap? BPA & Miscarriage
Look Before You Leap?  BPA & Miscarriage

  A recent news story has been circulating the news and social media websites on the risk of miscarriage from exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA).  The entire article is based on a presentation, Lathi RB et al. “Maternal serum biphenol-A (BPA) level is positively associated with miscarriage risk,” given at the American Society for Reproductive […]

Death my Misprint? Choose your news carefully
Death my Misprint? Choose your news carefully

  The famous Mark Twain once said, “Be careful of reading health books, you may die from a misprint.” The same may be said of reading health information on the Internet. While parents regularly call Poison Control about things that surely seem poisonous, like medicine or bleach, with a more dubious item, like cigarette butts […]

H3N2v Virus: What You Need to Know
H3N2v Virus: What You Need to Know

  Flu season normally begins with the onset of colder weather in the fall and peaks in December. However, last year in late summer and early fall, a new strain of flu called H3N2v that normally circulates in pigs caused a total of 309 human infections including 16 hospitalizations and 1 death nationally. Nearly everyone […]

Understanding Vaccinations: Development and Review
Understanding Vaccinations:  Development and Review

    Childhood immunization recommendations have been the focus of increased attention over the past decade.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently has an age-specific schedule of recommendations for sixteen vaccine preventable diseases for children/adolescents.  These diseases include chickenpox, diphtheria, flu, haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus, measles, […]