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FDA investigates safety of codeine in children’s cough and cold medicine

Children younger than 18 who have suffered serious side effects after taking cough and cold medicine containing codeine has prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch an investigation into the safety of the medications in children. Side effects include slowed or difficult breathing. Children with breathing problems may be more susceptible to respiratory adverse events. In April, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) banned the use of codeine to treat coughs and colds in children younger than age 12, and recommended the drug not be used in children and adolescents between 12 and 18 who have breathing problems, such as asthma. The ... Read More

School’s baby powder ritual banned due to health hazards

A Michigan high school ritual has been labeled hazardous by school officials and is now banned from school sporting events. Students from Dexter High School have started clapping and spraying baby powder into the air during football games, creating huge clouds and a residual white dusting on those nearby. When the powder-puffing fans, about three dozen in total, moved the ritual indoors for basketball games, the fun turned into a frenzy. Visitors starting having breathing problems, and janitors were forced to clean up the mess during half time. The school’s principal issued a public statement asking students to stop tossing ... Read More

Is baby powder dangerous to my infant?

Baby powder may seem like a safe and logical product to use on your baby – talcum powder has been used for years to keep baby’s bottom dry in his diaper – but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against it. Not only can baby powder irritate the lungs, it can also increase the risk of ovarian cancer in girls. Talc is a mineral made up of elements such as magnesium and silicon. It is ground down into a fine powder known as talcum powder and sold commercially as body or facial powder to absorb moisture. However, talc can also ... Read More

FDA warns doctors not to give preemies Kaletra, problems reported

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting doctors and health care professionals that serious health problems have been reported in premature babies who receive the oral solution Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir). Kaletra is used in combination with other antiretroviral dugs to treat HIV-1 infection in patients 14 days of age (whether premature or full term) and older, including adults. Kaletra does not cure the disease, but helps people with the condition stay healthier for a longer period of time. The medication contains alcohol and propylene glycol. Premature babies may be more vulnerable to side effects caused by this drug because they ... Read More

Coal ash disaster affects those not directly affected by spill

Residents of east Tennessee probably thought little of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) coal-firing plant in Kingston, or the toxic brew of coal ash that had been brimming in an impoundment pond for years. But as residents built homes on property just miles away and fished and boated in the Emory River that snaked nearby, the pond walls were beginning to seep and were showing erosion scarring in some areas. Yet, an October 2008 inspection deemed the Kingston Fossil Plant structurally sound. And life went on as normal for the residents of Kingston. Until December 22, 2008, when the walls ... Read More

Drinking water may be contaminated by coal ash spill

AlterNet.org is reporting that during testing of the water in the Emory River, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) may have intentionally collected the samples from clean areas, backing up the utility’s claim that that residents’ drinking water is safe. The Emory is a major supplier of drinking water in the area and a popular spot for water sports such as swimming, boating and fishing. However, third-party tests have found high levels of toxins in the river as well as in private wells, according to the report. More than a billion gallons of coal ash sludge spilled over 300 acres of ... Read More

Southern California communities march for safer alternatives to coal-burning

Southern California community members worried about the ill effects from coal-burning mines and power plants are conducting a 100-day national campaign uniting 100 communities in the area urging lawmakers to phase out of coal-based energy and transition to cleaner, renewable sources that would produce more green jobs, according to the Palm Springs (California) My Desert. As part of the campaign, protestors will march Saturday along Palm Canyon in Palm Springs and ask Congress to “quit coal and other fossil fuels and support a clean energy economy,” according to the report. “It is a major source of air and water pollution ... Read More

Obama administration vows to propose regulations for coal ash

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has promised to make good on a promise it made nine years ago to issue regulations for coal ash storage. The announcement comes more than two months after a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) impoundment pond failed and dumped more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash on to 300 acres of east Tennessee property, destroying homes and damaging land in its wake. The Obama administration backed up the promise by vowing to propose new regulations governing coal combustion waste by the end of the year and acting immediately to ensure more dangerous spills do ... Read More

TVA granted permission to dredge Emory River

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has been given permission to dredge the Emory River to remove ash that spilled into it after the utility’s coal ash pond failed last December and poured more than a billion gallons of toxic material on to 300 acres of east Tennessee property, according to MSNBC. The dredging is part of the TVA’s $1-million-a-day effort to clean up the massive mess, and was one of the items detailed in the utility’s cleanup plan aimed to return the community to “as good, if not better (condition) than they were before.” Homes were destroyed and property was ... Read More

East Tennessee residents waiting for breath of fresh air

It’s been more than two months now since the east Tennessee coal ash spill that dumped 1.1 billion gallons of toxic material on to 300 acres of land, and residents there are pausing to take a deep breath – only to realize they’re having problems doing so. According to the Associated Press, residents living near the spill site are “experiencing breathing problems, stress and anxiety.” It’s no wonder. The coal ash that poured from a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) impoundment in Kingston, Tennessee, contained dangerous toxins such as arsenic, lead, chromium, manganese and barium, which may lead to serious health ... Read More