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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 […]

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 […]

Flame Retardants: Benefits and Risks
Flame Retardants: Benefits and Risks

You may have heard or read about flame retardants in the news.  Some are concerned that exposure to flame retardants may cause unwanted health effects, with children being at greater risk.  On the other hand, proponents believe the chemicals are very effective at preventing fires and fire-related injuries and deaths.  Read below to find out […]

Reader Question: Fumes from Toy
Reader Question: Fumes from Toy

Question: I purchased a collector ed. Middleton doll named Pansy from Shopatron on 1216/12.  It  arrived with a noxious fume coming from it as soon as we opened the box.  I decided to wash the clothes, shoes, socks, hair, face, arms, and legs.  The odor is still coming out.  Shopatron referred my concerns to the […]

Helpful Hints to Keep Your Holiday Home Hazard Free
Helpful Hints to Keep Your Holiday Home Hazard Free

Did you know that in the two months around the Holiday season each year there are over 14,000 visits to emergency rooms due to injuries related to Holiday decorating?1 It’s true. Christmas tree fires account for hundreds of fires, an average of 15 deaths, and $13 million in property damage each year. Candle-related fires top […]

Warning! Home Heating and Carbon Monoxide
Warning!  Home Heating and Carbon Monoxide

As the weather cools and folks start to warm their homes, parents need to take care about a potential carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.  Symptoms of CO poisoning include vomiting, dizziness, headache and confusion. Serious symptoms such as  loss of consciousness, permanent neurological impairment and even death can occur. Anyone who suspects CO poisoning should call […]

Lead in Paint & Old Houses – Risks to Kids
Lead in Paint & Old Houses - Risks to Kids

MGR, in Cincinnati, OH asks… Question:  My family and I live in an old house with peeling paint on the exterior. I have a 2 year old and a 6 year old. I’ve tested the pain and it contains lead. There is also lead in the dirt at the base the walls. I do not […]

Understanding Asthma – and its causes
Understanding Asthma - and its causes

Since 2001, the total number of people with asthma has increased from 7% to 8% in the U.S. As of 2009, approximately 10% of our children were diagnosed with asthma.1 As a parent, this is a huge and worrisome number. So what is asthma? Asthma affects the respiratory system, causing the airways to become narrow, which […]

Is it safe? Hazard, Exposure, and Risk
Is it safe? Hazard, Exposure, and Risk

We have all heard the saying “Too much of a good thing.”  This applies to foods, drinks and many kinds of activities.  This saying also applies to chemicals. In fact, all chemicals are toxic at some level – but many chemicals have very high levels that won’t cause any harm.  For example, dihydrogen monoxide1 has many […]

Shedding Light on Compact Flourescent Lamps
Shedding Light on Compact Flourescent Lamps

  What are the different types of household lamps? Incandescent lamps: The most common type of household light bulb.  An electric current passes through a thin filament, heating it and causing it to emit light. Halogen lamps: A modified form of incandescent lamp. They are more expensive to buy but last twice as long. Light […]

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