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Mid-March 2015 Newsletter
Turn It Down to a Safe Level for Your Ears!!
An estimated 1.1 billion teens and young adults are in danger of losing their hearing by listening to unsafe sound levels from entertainment venues or their audio devices, the World Health Organization said. Studies from middle- and high-income countries revealed that about 50% of 12- to 35-year-olds are exposed to loud sounds from audio devices.
 
More U.S. students Are Consuming Fruits Under Federal Lunch Program
The percentage of students adding fruits to their lunch trays increased after the implementation of the updated nutrition standards for the federally subsidized National School Lunch Program in 2012, according to a study.  Researchers also found a decline in food waste among the students.
 
Research IDs Barriers to Physical Activity in Youths
Feeling self-conscious is the leading factor preventing children and teens from exercising, followed by a lack of enjoyment, according to a recent study.  However, researchers found that having friends who were physically active was associated with increased levels of physical activity.
 
 
Most Adults Support Raising Legal Age to Buy Tobacco to 21
Raising the minimum legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 was supported or strongly supported by more than 70% of adults who responded to the 2013 Social Climate Survey of Tobacco Control. Among current smokers, 57% supported the change, according to the study.


 
From the Doctor:
 
Dr. Gomez:


Suddenly having respiratory issues?
There are many ways you can get a cough, wheezing or upper and lower airway illnesses. The most common ones are viruses, allergies, cold complications, etc. But we also have to think, especially in someone previously very healthy, about some environmental elements that can be a factor.
 
There was a recent article that got my attention and that many families may not know about: a very popular supplier of wood flooring is involved in a case in which it has been discovered they were using a formaldehyde in levels way above the safety standards.  So what is this substance?  It is a colorless, flammable chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products.  How do we get exposed? According to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, formaldehyde is normally present in both indoor and outdoor air at low levels, usually less than 0.03 parts of formaldehyde per million parts of air (ppm). Materials containing formaldehyde can release formaldehyde gas or vapor into the air. 
 
How can exposure affect us? When present in the air at levels more than 0.1 ppm, some may experience adverse watery eyes,  burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat, coughing, wheezing and skin irritation.
 
Before purchasing pressed-wood products, including building materials, cabinetry, and furniture, buyers should ask about the formaldehyde content of these products. Formaldehyde levels in homes can also be reduced by ensuring adequate ventilation, moderate temperatures, and reduced humidity levels through the use of air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

 

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