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Bleach on Fruit, Lysol Gargles: Many Getting Home Disinfection Dangerously Wrong

Bleach on Fruit, Lysol Gargles:  Many Getting Home Disinfection Dangerously WrongFRIDAY, June 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly two out of five Americans are using bleach and other household cleaners in potentially dangerous ways in an effort to protect themselves against COVID-19 infection, a new survey reveals. About 20% Americans say they have applied bleach to their fruits and vegetables as a means of disinfection, a practice not recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Other unsafe practices some Americans have adopted to ward off infection, according to a survey published online June 5 in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, include: Using household cleaning products on hands or skin (18%). Misting the body with a cleaning or disinfecting spray (10%). Inhaling vapors from cleaners or disinfectants...

Teens Can Donate Blood, But May Need Iron Supplements After

5 June 2020
Teens Can Donate Blood, But May Need Iron Supplements AfterFRIDAY, June 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who donate blood are at significant risk for long-term iron deficiency, a new study warns. The concern comes as 16- to 18-year-olds have emerged as one of the fastest-growing groups of blood donors nationwide. But this study of nearly 31,000 teens who gave blood more than once between 2016 and 2018 found that roughly one in 10 were already iron-deficient when they donated for the first time. And a year later, one-third of the girls and about 15% of the boys still had low iron levels, according to the report published online June 5 in the journal Pediatrics. "Blood loss of any kind is a common cause of iron deficiency in the U.S.," said lead author Dr. Ralph Vassallo. And "blood donation results in the loss of iron-containing red...

Tauvid Receives Approval for Tau Pathology Imaging

1 June 2020
Tauvid Receives Approval for Tau Pathology ImagingMONDAY, June 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Tauvid (flortaucipir F18), a radioactive diagnostic agent, was approved to image tau pathology in patients with cognitive impairment being evaluated for Alzheimer disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday. The drug is indicated for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging to estimate the density and distribution of aggregated tau neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs). Tauvid is delivered via intravenous injection and binds to brain sites associated with the tau protein, which can be identified through PET scan imaging. The approval was based on data from two clinical studies in which five blinded evaluators interpreted the Tauvid imaging. In the first study, 156 terminally ill patients agreed to undergo Tauvid imaging and...

Health Warning Labels Could Cut Soda Sales

1 June 2020
Health Warning Labels Could Cut Soda SalesMONDAY, June 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Warning labels on sugary drinks may help people make healthier choices, a new study finds. Sugary drinks are those with added sugar or sweeteners, including soda, sports drinks and fruit-flavored drinks. "Our findings suggest that sugary drink warnings help consumers better understand products' healthfulness and encourage consumers to make healthier choices about what drinks to buy," said study leader Anna Grummon. She is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Boston. "These results highlight the potential usefulness of sugary drink warning policies in both informing consumers and reducing consumption of unhealthy beverages like sodas, energy drinks and fruit-flavored drinks," she said. For the study,...

Where Are Kids Getting the Most 'Empty Calories'?

1 June 2020
Where Are Kids Getting the Most `Empty Calories`?MONDAY, June 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. children and teenagers are still downing too many "empty calories" -- primarily from sugary beverages, sweets and pizza, a new government study finds. The study, based on a long-running federal health survey, did turn up some good news: In recent years, kids have been eating fewer empty calories, versus a decade before. The bad news is, by 2016, those sources still accounted for more than one-quarter of kids' total calories. The term "empty" generally refers to food and drinks that provide a lot of calories but little to no nutrition. In this study, empty calories were defined as those coming from added sugars or "solid" fats (like butter and shortening). Sugary drinks, the study found, have consistently been a top source of U.S. kids'...

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