- The New Straits Times, January 23, 2009
VapoRub can harm children under 2
- New Sunday Times, January 18, 2009
Vicks VapoRub, a common cold remedy, can cause
respiratory distress in very young children when inappropriately applied
directly under the nose, US researchers said.
They said using the product in this way can cause a young child’s tiny
airways to swell and fill with mucus, triggering severe breathing problems. According to the researchers, ingredients in
Vicks could be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the
airways. Since infants and young
children have airways that are much narrower than those of an adult, any
increase in mucus or swelling can narrow them severely.
Dangers of third-hand smoke
- The New Straits Times, January 13, 2009
new study found third-hand smoke poses risk to infants and children. According
to researchers, third-hand smoke is what one smells when a smoker gets into an
elevator, or in a hotel room where people had been smoking. The term, third-hand smoke describes the
invisible yet toxic brew of gases and particles clinging to smokers’ hair and
clothing, not to mention cushions and carpeting, that lingers long after
second-hand smoke has cleared the room.
The residue includes heavy metals, carcinogens and even radioactive
materials that infants can get on their hands and ingest, especially if they
were crawling or playing on the floor.
of the substances in third-hand smoke are hydrogen cyanide, used in chemical
weapons; butane, which is used in lighter fluid, toluene, found in paint
thinners; arsenic, lead; carbon monoxide; and even polonium-210, the highly radioactive
carcinogen that was used to murder former Russian spy Alexander V. Litvinenko
Tainted milk sickens 296,000 children, says China
- The Star, January 13, 2009
China said that a total of 296,000 children
had fallen ill from consuming dairy products tainted with melamine. Its health ministry also reported that 52,898
babies received treatment for kidney problems caused by the toxic
discovery, last year, that melamine was mixed into baby milk, in a bid to make
it look richer in protein, shocked consumers both in China and abroad.
was also revealed that over-prescription and misuse of antibiotics in China is
responsible for killing an estimated 80,000 people annually due to patients’
adverse reaction. The estimate was
reached after medical experts investigated the deaths of 200,000 sick people in
2005, concluding that 40 per cent of the fatalities were due to the abuse of
Cigarette sales in France drop
- The Sun, January 12, 2009
sales in France
dropped to a record low in 2008, according to a British American Tobacco (BAT)
survey. The company cited bans on
smoking in bars and public places as well as high prices as factors encouraging
the formerly smoking-mad French to stub out their cigarettes for good.