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Health Front: Emission Standards and Wood Stoves, The Silent Heart Attack

• The Canadian government has ordered the residents of Montreal to first register their wood-burning stoves, and then ultimately dispose of them within three years; unless they meet rigid air quality standards. The deadline to register their wood burning stove, oven or fireplace in Montreal was December 22, 2015. The new emissions regulations will be implemented in 2018. Those who refuse to comply will be subject to fines, and those who are not willing to make the adjustment will be forced to pay for expensive modifications to their wood burning stoves and fireplaces. Read More →

Health Front: Hospital Hackers and Ransomware

22-8 Health FrontHollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Southern California is at least the fourth hospital this year affected by ransomware. Ransomware is a ransom demand made by cyberthieves who have hacked into data and cryptographically locked devices with malware. The thieves then demand millions of dollars to unlock the computers or machines. Hospitals and medical clinics fall victim to digital threats that now appear to be affecting healthcare. Read More →

Health Front: Risk Vs. Benefits of Salmon

• A few years ago, researchers did a complex analysis on the risks and benefits of farmed and wild salmon. Their study weighed the benefits of the essential fatty acids against the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins and other chemicals that are now found in seafood. Their findings revealed that both wild and farmed salmon cannot supply enough EPA and DHA to protect one from the carcinogenic risk due to the presence of PCBs. Read More →

Health Front: Babies and Poison Control Calls

22-6 Health Front-Poison ControlA decade of poison control center calls in the United States showed that acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) was the most common medication mistake for infants and young children. Medical toxicologist reviewed all poison control center calls in a national database from 2004 to 2013 that related to babies younger than six months old. About half the calls were general unintentional ingestions, which includes children exploring their environment. Over one-third (37 percent), however, were related to medication mistakes. With medication exposures, 47 percent involved dosage mistakes, and 43 percent involved giving a medication twice or too soon, or giving the child the wrong medication. Read More →

Health Front: Women Heart Symptoms, Breast Feeders Give Life, Fiber for Lungs

• Heart attacks in women often have different causes and symptoms than those in men, and they’re deadlier, too. That’s the premise of a scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) that hopes to raise awareness about the key differences in heart attack indicators and treatment in women. Read More →

Health Front: Dangerous Mosquitoes This Spring

As cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus are spreading across central and South America and the Caribbean, experts say it is only a matter of time before the disease, which has been linked to an alarming increase in birth defects in Brazil, is transmitted to the United States. “It’s not if, it’s when,” said Mustapha Debboun, director of the mosquito control division at Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services in Houston. Read More →

Health Front: Drug Prices Surge Without Controls

Pfizer Inc., on January 1 raised U.S. prices on more than 100 of its drugs, some as high as 20 percent, according to statistics compiled by global information services company Wolters Kluwer. Pfizer also plans to leave the U.S.when it concludes a $160 million merger with Ireland-based Allergan Pic, primarily to reduce its U.S. taxes. Read More →

Health Front: Trade Deals Override Food Safety Laws and Labeling

New international trade deals are sure to conceal the origin of the meat products consumers take home. Fast track trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership have the power to unsettle well intentioned food safety laws. The World Trade Organization has recently ruled that the labels on packaged meat products that indicate where cows, chicken, vultures and other animals were born, raised and slaughtered are in violation of international trade pacts because they place foreign imports at an “economic disadvantage.” New international trade agreements allow the World Trade Organization (WTO) to determine that an economic disadvantage clause is more important than food safety. Read More →