Environmental

FDA Investigates Safety of Spray Sunscreens

Brian Nettles, Esq. Sunscreens are extremely important in the summer. Their benefits are immense: protection from cancer-causing UVB and UVA rays, skin aging, skin damage, and painful burns. But what are the cons of sunscreen? Are there any? There may be, says the FDA and Consumer Reports. Most simply, no sunscreen can make you invincible, but many believe that they can. New regulations prohibit manufacturers from calling their products “sunblock”–it is simply misleading. In new regulation, sunscreens with SPF higher that 50 must be labeled “50+”, because there is not adequate data to prove that high SPF’s actually provide more …

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When a Bug Bite Becomes Dangerous

Brian Nettles, Esq. Mosquitoes, ticks, spiders. These creepy crawly predators are around all year long, but they are hard to escape in the summer. Generally, bug bites can be treated at home and go away after a few days. However, seriously poisonous bugs, severe allergies, and infections can turn a little bite into a very serious problem. If not addressed right away, bug bites can be fatal. It is always wise to be aware of which insects are where, especially if you are traveling. Certain geographic regions have specific offenders. In the Southwest, scorpions and spiders roam. In the Northeast, …

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How to Swim Smart and Safe This Summer

Tad Thomas, Esq. Summertime has arrived! Many families will try to escape the heat with a fun day at the pool or beach–but before jumping in, make sure that you are prepared: strong swimming skills and knowledge of water safety can prevent serious accidents…and keep summer fun! Here are some things to keep in mind about swimming: 1- Never swim alone. Even if you are a strong swimmer, you should always have a buddy and/or a lifeguard present while you are swimming. 2-Never leave a child without adult supervision near any body of water, no matter how small. Whether a …

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Portland, Oregon Tap Water Found Contaminated with E. Coli

The city of Portland and surrounding districts were warned today to boil all of its tap water before drink or use after E.coli was discovered in water samples. Citizens were advised to throw out any food or drink prepared with tap water on or before May 20th. In addition, the city has been warned to boil water for ice, toothbrushing, drinking, or food preparation for at least one minute. According to the Mayo Clinic, most types of E.coli are harmless or cause generally brief diarrhea. However, harsher strains can cause severe abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Older adults, young …

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5,000 Exposed to Hepatitis A at Red Robin Restaurant

Health officials in Missouri are offering free immunizations for 5,000 people potentially exposed to Hepatitis A at a Springfield, MO Red Robin Restaurant between May 8th and May 16th. Patrons must be vaccinated within 14 days of exposure for the vaccine to work.  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department announced that a server working at the chain restaurant was sick with the liver disease. Hepatitis A is considered generally milder and less fatal than hep B or C, but those infected do risk lasting liver damage. Hepatitis A is spread through the consumption of fecal matter, often times through contaminated water …

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