Poisoning and Environmental Health

Wild Mushrooms: Delicious But Deadly

After abundant rainfall, mushrooms pop up in yards, playgrounds and other locations. Of the thousands of different species, only a few are edible and there is no good way to distinguish edible mushrooms from poisonous toadstools. Mushroom Hunting Is for Experts Only ›

Workplace Chemicals May Boost Breast Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- Work-related exposure to chemicals and pollutants before a woman is in her mid-30s may greatly increase her risk of breast cancer after menopause, a new study has found.

The study included 556 women diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada when they were between the ages of 50 and 75, and a control group of 613 breast cancer-free women in the same age group. All had gone through menopause.

The researchers investigated the women's levels of occupational exposure to about 300 substances and found a link between breast cancer and several of the substances. The risk of breast cancer after menopause was highest in women exposed to these substances before the age of 36 and increased with each additional decade of exposure before this age.

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Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children

MONDAY, May 17 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that exposure to high levels of organophosphate pesticides, commonly found on berries, celery and other produce, could raise the odds for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

At this point, though, there is no evidence that pesticide exposure can actually cause ADHD, stated the authors of a paper appearing in the June issue of Pediatrics.

Certainly parents and children shouldn't swear off fruits and veggies, said study lead author Maryse Bouchard, an adjunct researcher in the department of environmental and occupational health at the University of Montreal and at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre. However, "I think it's safe to say that we should as much as possible reduce our exposure to pesticides," she said.

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Preventing Poisoning and Environmental Hazards

Chances are you don't think about your medicine cabinet until you have a cold or a nasty cut. Keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet isn't difficult and doesn't take much time. You'll first want the essentials for first aid and symptom relief, rounded out with a few items that meet the special needs of you and other adults in your family. Keep in mind that even a well-stocked medicine cabinet isn't a substitute for professional medical attention. If what you are doing at home isn't making you feel better, be sure to see your healthcare provider. Do not give any over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to infants or children without first checking with your child's healthcare provider. The following recommendations are for adults only. Keep Pain Relievers, Cold Remedies, Antihistamines Safe In Your Medicine Cabinet ›

Disease Prevention Guidelines for Men, Women and Children

Doctor visits on average last 13 minutes. Make the most of your time with your doctor with pre-visit planning. Your doctor will appreciate the active role you are taking in your health. Follow the ABCs of doctor visits: Arrive early. Be prepared. Communicate. Search HealthGrades for Top-Rated Local Family Practitioners ›

Test Your Knowledge of Poisons and Environmental Hazards

The largest human anthrax outbreak ever reported occurred in Zimbabwe during a civil war. In the outbreak, 9,593 cases and 149 deaths were reported. Most of the cases were cutaneous (skin) anthrax, rather than inhalation or intestinal anthrax. This occurred despite the butchering, eating, and disposing of cattle that had died of anthrax. How Much Do You Know About Anthrax? ›

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