March 2020 Archives

Some heartburn drugs may contribute to bone fractures in children

You wouldn’t think a drug your child was taking would influence whether they suffered broken bones, but there is evidence that proton pump inhibitors may contribute to them. If your child is on one, they should not stop taking it without discussing the risks and benefits with a doctor.

Warning: Your cosmetics may contain asbestos

Do your powdered cosmetics contain talcum powder? If so, they may contain asbestos -- and that could be deadly. According to the federal government, there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, which is a naturally occurring fiber that is often mined near talc mines.

Homestar brand dressers recalled due to tip-over risk

Over the last few years, furniture such as dressers and bookshelves have been recalled because they can tip over unless secured to a wall. This can result in a tragic accident, especially if children are in the home. These large, heavy pieces of furniture can crush or suffocate a child if they tip over. Unfortunately, it’s quite common for children to climb on dressers and bookshelves.

What really works to prevent COVID-19?

You may have noticed people wearing surgical masks or respirators in order to prevent COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. If so, you should know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, face masks are not an effective method for preventing the illness.

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