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Methanol-Based Hand Sanitizers Pose Dangers.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns not to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain methanol or wood alcohol, as they can be toxic if absorbed through the skin leading to nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, blindness, seizures, coma, nervous system damage, and even death. The FDA is working to prevent these products from entering the United States and is coordinating with manufacturers to recall such products.

Food and Drug Administration, July 2020

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Signs of Adult Diabetes Risk Are Visible at Age 8.

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A study that monitored the health of more than 4,000 participants found that unhealthy high-density lipoprotein (the “good” cholesterol) levels at age 8 may signal that an individual is at an elevated risk for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis by age 25.

Diabetes Care, June 2020

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Asthma Tied to Kids with Disabilities & Delays.

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An analysis of data collected from nearly 72,000 families revealed that children with hearing loss, cerebral palsy, and learning disabilities have a significantly elevated risk for asthma. Study co-author Dr. George Delclos writes, “These results support advising pediatricians to screen for asthma in children with disabilities, so that interventions can be started sooner.”

JAMA Network Open, June 2020

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Obesity in Middle-Age Linked to Dementia.

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New research that looked at long-term health data concerning nearly 6,600 adults suggests that obesity at midlife is associated with a 31% increased risk for dementia in old age.

International Journal of Epidemiology, June 2020

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Air Pollution Linked to Early Death.

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An analysis of long-term data concerning over 68.5 million Medicare enrollees suggests that tightening air quality standards in the United States from 12 μg/m3 of fine particulate matter to the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 10 μg/m3 could save over 140,000 lives over the following decade.

Sciences Advances, June 2020

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