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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

Antioxidant vitamin supplements may speed lung cancer growth

Taking vitamin supplements is thought to help ward off health problems like cancer, but a new study shows they may actually worsen conditions in some people. Swedish researchers gave antioxidants to laboratory mice with early-stage lung cancer. Rather than staving off the cancerous growths in mice, the supplements caused the tumors to multiply and become so aggressive that the animals died twice as fast as the mice that did not receive the supplements. The researchers theorized that the extra vitamins actually blocked one of the body’s key cancer-fighting mechanisms. General health recommendations cannot be based on animal studies, researchers pointed ... Read More

5 health products that are dangerous to women

Medical devices, prescription drugs, and even consumer products offer unique benefits to women. But sometimes they can cause unexpected harm. Here are some products that women should use with caution: 1. Talcum powder – It might sound far-fetched, but women who apply baby powder or body powder regularly to their genitals are a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not use the product. Talcum powder, derived from talc, contains various elements, including asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. Researchers say the powder when applied to the genitals can travel up the vagina through the uterus ... Read More