Posted in halloween, Health, news

Beware of Halloween Candy Laced with Drugs

An Ohio boy has tested positive for methamphetamines after suffering a seizure when he ingested a piece of Halloween candy.

This comes after officials in Europe warned of methametamine tablets made to look like hard candy.

5 year-old Braylen Carwell began having a facial droop on the left side of his face, could not move his left arm, and was disoriented to time and place.  The Galion Police Department examined the candy as well has his fake vampire teeth, issuing a warning to parents and residents to look for tampering of not only candy but their necklaces, fake teeth, rings and other accessories.

He is expected to fully recover, but parents need to be aware that kids can be easily introduced to drugs and other contaminants while trick or treating and to enforce the “no candy till we inspect it” rule.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year for pediatric pedestrian fatalities, and parents additionally need to be aware of fire and choking hazards.  We therefore recommend the following to keep our kids safe.

  1.  Make sure your child’s mask allows him/her to see clearly.  If not, replace with non-toxic makeup that is tested a few days before on a small area of skin on their arm to ensure they are not allergic.  The makeup should be washed off before bedtime.

 

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2.  Avoid long costumes, such as ghost-themed, that may trip your child while they walk/run.

3. Use bright-colored costumes. If your child insists on a dark costume, such as Batman, put a belt of glow sticks around him or add reflective tape to their costume and trick or treat bags

4. Make sure all costumes and hats are flame resistant and teach your kids how to avoid tripping over jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.

5. Avoid costume contact lenses as they may decrease visual acuity, scratch the eye and cause infection.

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6. Use the sidewalk.  Your child will want to zig zag across the street when they see everyone else doing it.  You need to be the parent like me who yells at everyone to get back on the sidewalk.

7. Watch out for drunk drivers.  Many are coming back from a “trick or drink” party and could be impaired.

8.  Make the “no eating candy until you get home” rule.  Allows you to check the candy for open wrappers and dangerous things that don’t belong.  Then steal your favorite treats when the child is taking his/her potty break

9. Teach your child to not enter a stranger’s home – even if it is in full decoration

10. Stay in a group and follow your children. You can leave a safe distance behind while still supervise. And its fun when we parents compete for who can yell at our kids the loudest.

11. Carry Walkie Talkies.  Halloween streets get loud and kids may not hear you if they start walking down a different street and turn into a housing complex.  Walkie talkies are fun and keep you connecting with your younglings’ even if they are a few feet away.

12. Parents should avoid “Trick-o-Drink!!”ing where we walk around with our red plastic cup and rather than ask for candy, we opt for some spirits poured in.  Parents giggle, feeling apart of the festivities, but unfortunately will be sloshed by the fourth home they hit and won’t be able to effectively supervise the children.  We need to be at the top of our game this Halloween.  Cut the booze.

13. And drivers, be wary of trick-or-treaters even before it gets dark.  Drive slowly and pay attention!  Let’s have a Happy and Safe one!!!

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

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Posted in Beauty, Health, news

Eyelash Extension Cited as Cause of Temporary Blindness

A 20-year-old student this week “lost” her sight for 2 hours after getting eye lash extensions at a salon.

Megan Rixon tweeted on October 19th she visited a new salon in the UK and within hours suffered a severe allergic reaction to the glue, she claims was nail glue.

 

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She tweeted: Girls be very very careful where you get your eyelashes done!!I got my individuals done today somewhere new and it turns out they used nail glue on my lashes. I genuinely lost my sight for 2 hours. Thankfully the swelling has gone down, but there still very sore. Be careful😭

She urges everyone to have a “glue test”, to test for sensitivity and to ask the technician to show you the actual glue being used.

Acrylic and Gel Nail “Allergy” Warning

Skin experts are warning that chemicals used in acrylic and gel nail polish may induce an allergic reaction.

Methacrylates appear to be the culprit, causing rash and itching not only in the fingers but other parts of the body, including genitalia.  Some may experience losing their nail after a reaction.

 

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METHYL METHACRYLATE

Once the immune system is triggered, allergic symptoms could surface in other parts of the body.

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The British Association of Dermatologists warns 2.4% of the population could be at risk.

The nail industry is a multibillion dollar industry with hundreds of thousands of customers each year.

Methacrylates are used in a variety of industries in adhesives, plastics, paints and even medical and dental devices.

Eyelash glue and home nail kits can also expose users to methacrylate.  Many have reported allergic reactions of their eyelid after having lash extensions applied.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

Posted in Health, news, pets

Our Pets CAN Tell Time

We pet owners have always suspected it…..our cats jump on us moments before our alarm goes off and our dogs sit by the front door at 5:45 pm each weeknight.   Why? Because they can tell time, well figuratively that is, with science to prove it.

 

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Daniel Dombeck, the associate professor of neurobiology at Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and colleagues, found the part of an animal’s brain that comprised “timing cells” or neurons that would give animals a sense of when something was supposed to happen. In mice this was found to occur in the medial entorhinal cortex of the temporal lobe.

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According to news.northwestern.edu:

When planning the study, Dombeck’s team focused on the medial entorhinal cortex, an area located in the brain’s temporal lobe that is associated with memory and navigation. Because that part of the brain encodes spatial information in episodic memories, Dombeck hypothesized that the area could also be responsible for encoding time.
“Every memory is a bit different,” said James Heys, a postdoctoral fellow in Dombeck’s laboratory. “But there are two central features to all episodic memories: space and time. They always happen in a particular environment and are always structured in time.”
To test their hypothesis, Dombeck and Heys set up an experiment called the virtual “door stop” task. In the experiment, a mouse runs on a physical treadmill in a virtual reality environment. The mouse learns to run down a hallway to a door that is located about halfway down the track. After six seconds, the door opens, allowing the mouse to continue down the hallway to receive its reward.
After running several training sessions, researchers made the door invisible in the virtual reality scene. In the new scenario, the mouse still knew where the now-invisible “door” was located based on the floor’s changing textures. And it still waited six seconds at the “door” before abruptly racing down the track to collect its reward.
“The important point here is that the mouse doesn’t know when the door is open or closed because it’s invisible,” said Heys, the paper’s first author. “The only way he can solve this task efficiently is by using his brain’s internal sense of time.”

Our pets’ sense of timing is instinctive and therefore not surprising, as animals have always had the ability to sense the time of day when their prey comes to the water hole or when they to avoid the night prowlers starting their hunt.

So although our humanization of pets may seem cute at first, we should proceed with caution as animals possess many of the same intellectual capabilities as humans.  They’re smart….too smart…..and the more details scientists unlock in their furry heads, the more we learn of how similar they are to us. And I’m not sure I want to know what they’re truly thinking.  Ignorance is bliss…..

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

 

Posted in halloween, Health, news

Halloween Safety Tips

Ghosts, goblins, Mommy yelling – Halloween can be pretty scary.  But the candy, the costumes, decorations and running door to door threatening all your neighbors with a “trick” makes it one of the most exciting days of the year!
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Unfortunately, the more fun and immersed into the festivities, the more dangerous for our little ones.  160,000 injuries occur on this day each year, and even scarier, Halloween is the deadliest for pediatric pedestrians with 7300 fatalities reported annually by the National Safety Council.

Thousands have petitioned the White House this year to move Halloween officially to the last Saturday of October to avoid families rushing home on a work/school night to start the festivities.

However, any day kids are running around in a quest to find sugar puts them at risk and no holiday should end so tragically.

 

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In addition to traffic accidents, parents need to be aware of fire and choking hazards.  We therefore recommend the following to keep our kids safe.

  1.  Make sure your child’s mask allows him/her to see clearly.  If not, replace with non-toxic makeup that is tested a few days before on a small area of skin on their arm to ensure they are not allergic.  The makeup should be washed off before bedtime.

 

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2.  Avoid long costumes, such as ghost-themed, that may trip your child while they walk/run.

3. Use bright-colored costumes. If your child insists on a dark costume, such as Batman, put a belt of glow sticks around him or add reflective tape to their costume and trick or treat bags

4. Make sure all costumes and hats are flame resistant and teach your kids how to avoid tripping over jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.

5. Avoid costume contact lenses as they may decrease visual acuity, scratch the eye and cause infection.

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6. Use the sidewalk.  Your child will want to zig zag across the street when they see everyone else doing it.  You need to be the parent like me who yells at everyone to get back on the sidewalk.

7. Watch out for drunk drivers.  Many are coming back from a “trick or drink” party and could be impaired.

8.  Make the “no eating candy until you get home” rule.  Allows you to check the candy for open wrappers and dangerous things that don’t belong.  Then steal your favorite treats when the child is taking his/her potty break

9. Teach your child to not enter a stranger’s home – even if it is in full decoration

10. Stay in a group and follow your children. You can leave a safe distance behind while still supervise. And its fun when we parents compete for who can yell at our kids the loudest.

11. Carry Walkie Talkies.  Halloween streets get loud and kids may not hear you if they start walking down a different street and turn into a housing complex.  Walkie talkies are fun and keep you connecting with your younglings’ even if they are a few feet away.

12. Parents should avoid “Trick-o-Drink!!”ing where we walk around with our red plastic cup and rather than ask for candy, we opt for some spirits poured in.  Parents giggle, feeling apart of the festivities, but unfortunately will be sloshed by the fourth home they hit and won’t be able to effectively supervise the children.  We need to be at the top of our game this Halloween.  Cut the booze.

 

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13. And drivers, be wary of trick-or-treaters even before it gets dark.  Drive slowly and pay attention!  Let’s have a Happy and Safe one!!!

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

Posted in Health, medications, news

Common Blood Pressure Medication Linked to Lung Cancer

A study, published in the BMJ, finds those who take ACE inhibitors are 14% more likely to develop lung cancer.

The study took place in the UK and studied close to 1 million patients over the time period of 1995-2015 and found the longer one took the blood pressure medication, the higher the risk in developing lung cancer.

Over 100 million adults in the US have high blood pressure, and ACE inhibitors are one of the most popular treatments due to their low-cost and efficacy.

They work by blocking an enzyme in the angiotensin-renin system, resulting in blood vessel relaxation and a lowering of blood pressure.

 

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One side effect, however, may be coughing due to the accumulation of bradykinin, and researchers believe this could be the culprit in the increased risk of lung cancer.

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Common ACE inhibitors include ramipril, captopril, lisinopril and benazepril.

However, since lung cancer is the most common type of cancer, blood pressure is one of the most common types of conditions and ACE inhibitors are one the most commonly used blood pressure medications, the association may be coincidental and not a cause and effect.

More research needs to be done on the long-term use of the medications as uncontrolled blood pressure can link to heart disease, stroke and dementia.

 

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

Posted in flu, Health, news

New Flu Medication May Save Lives This Flu Season

The FDA has approved a new drug, Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil), to help fight the flu this season.

The antiviral is a single dose and is taken within 48 hours of first signs of flu symptoms.

It is only indicated in those older than 12 years old.  The cost is approximately $150 for the single dose.

Current antiviral medications approved by the FDA to shorten the course of the flu include Relenza and Tamiflu.  These medications are in a class of neuraminidase inhibitors, which inhibit the release of new viral particles that have replicated in a host (patient).

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Xofluza, however, works sooner, by preventing the virus from replicating within the host cell in the first place.

Therefore this new drug can stop the spread of flu earlier than its predecessors.

NBC News reported the following:

A 2016-2017 study in 1,436 people in the U.S. and Japan showed the one-dose pill cut the time people were sick to 2.5 days, from about 3.3 days. It cut how long people had a fever from an average of 42 hours to just one day. It also reduced what’s called viral shedding from four days to just one day.

So the less time one is sick with the flu, the less risk of coming down with a secondary infection such as pneumonia, or other flu related illness.

Moreover if viral shedding is decreased, less family members and contacts can potentially become ill.

Now Xofluza may not prevent the flu in one who has not been exposed because it works by preventing virus that is present from replicating.

Flu symptoms may come abruptly and include:

  • Fever
  • Body Aches
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

The most effective way to prevent the flu is avoidance of sick contacts, good hand washing and vaccination.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

 

 

Posted in halloween, Health, news

CDC Warns to NOT Dress Up Your Chickens for Halloween

As more and more Americans adopt chickens as pets, the CDC has been compelled to issue a warning to not dress up the fowl friend for Halloween.

 

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Live chickens can carry Salmonella, a bacteria easily transmitted when handling the bird.

It’s becoming a status symbol to own a pet chicken, and fancy coops can cost close to $100,000.

 

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Countryliving.com  a $100,000 Nieman Marcus chicken coop

 

Currently the CDC is battling a salmonella outbreak of 92 cases in 29 states, with 21 people hospitalized after handling or consuming raw poultry.

Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include fever, chills, rash, diarrhea and stomach cramps within 12-72 hours after exposure. The illness can last 4-7 days, although most people will recover without treatment.

So don’t handle your chickens but if you can’t resist and need to put the firefighter costume on one, please wash your hands and keep them away from other trick-or-treaters.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada