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February 14
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

​When power outages occur after severe weather (such as winter storms, hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. Protect yourself and your family by learning the symptoms of CO poisoning. http://bit.ly/2kqqoSw

February 14
Hearing Damage

​Protect your hearing! More than 1 in 2 U.S. adults with hearing damage from noise do not have noisy jobs. Find out how you can protect your hearing at home and in your community. http://bit.ly/2jjiwRI

February 13
NIH-funded preclinical study suggests a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

​For anyone who has gone through the traumatic slow death of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia, NIH funded research has uncovered a promising new treatment.  Although in the early stages, it has shown reversal of damage done by tau proteins in mice and primate studies.  "This compound may literally help untangle the brain damage caused by tau,” said Timothy Miller, M.D., Ph.D., the David Clayson Professor of Neurology at Washington University, St. Louis, and the study's senior author.

The article goes on to state "Cells throughout the body normally manufacture tau proteins. In several disorders, toxic forms of tau clump together inside dying brain cells and form neurofibrillary tangles, including Alzheimer’s disease, tau-associated frontotemporal dementia, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and progressive supranuclear palsy. Currently there are no effective treatments for combating toxic tau".

Following is the link to the NIH study.  Designer compound may untangle damage leading to some dementias.

 

 

February 13
The Who, What, Where, When and How Questions to Laboratory Safety

​In the past decade there have been notable laboratory accidents in academic labs, where some have been highly publicized.  To have an effective lab-safety culture, you could ask these questions about laboratory safety education: Who, What, Where, When and How?


Retrieved from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1871553215001267

February 13
RegeneSlim-Dietary Supplement-Distribution Ordered Halted by FDA

​A California dietary supplement distributor has been ordered by a federal court to stop selling its products, which were found to contain unsafe ingredients including DMAA. DMAA narrows blood vessels and arteries, which can elevate blood pressure, and may lead to cardiovascular problems such as shortness of breath, arrhythmias, tightening in the chest, and heart attack, as well as seizures and other neurological and psychological conditions.

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm540858.htm

 

February 01
The Surprising Truth About Prediabetes

​Did you know? Prediabetes can be reversed. Find out more surprising facts about prediabetes and take the 1-minute quiz to see if you’re at risk. http://bit.ly/2kLFenr

February 01
Mumps

Parents, did you know that mumps is a contagious disease with no treatment? Thankfully, there’s a vaccine to protect your child from mumps. Talk with your child’s doctor to make sure they’re up to date. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2kLKJ5J

February 01
Radon Exposures in the Home

​Did you know radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking? Testing your home is the only effective way to find out if you and your family are at risk of high radon exposure. Learn more ways to take action: http://bit.ly/2knSiCg

January 18
​Warming Oceans Linked to Increased Risks of Toxic Shellfish

Rising ocean temperatures are leading to a rise in shellfish containing a potentially deadly toxin, according to new research. Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced from marine algae, can reach hazardous levels as ocean temperatures rise. The toxin accumulates in shellfish and fish to no ill-effects; however, in humans the toxin crosses the blood-brain barrier causing brain-damage or death at high doses.

Warmer waters off the west coast near Oregon and Washington have resulted in algae blooms so large they can be seen from outer-space. A team of experts from a NOAA associated with Oregon State University are developing new methods for tracking the blooms. "Using extensive time series of biological, chemical, and physical data, this study also created a climate-based risk analysis model which predicts where and when domoic acid in shellfish will likely exceed regulatory thresholds.”

This study may help determine if the increased ocean-climate variability will lead to wide-spread outbreaks of algae blooms. This data can be used to make public health decisions on crab and fish harvesting at particular times and locations of the year. These current blooms are largely a product of two natural weather processes, the El Niño effect and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.

However, scientists warned that if ocean temperatures rise because of global warming, this could lead to an increase in the numbers of poisonous shellfish.

For more information please visit - http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/warmer-west-coast-ocean-conditions-linked-to-increased-risk-of-toxic-shellfish​

January 18
​Algae Blooms on Florida Coastlines

Home to the most renowned beaches in the US, Florida’s beautiful coastlines comes with its share of hazards. Not in the form of sharks, hurricanes, or flooding; but a subtler contender – algae.

Flanked by the Gulf of Mexico on the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the limestone aquifer underground, Florida’s ecosystem is entirely connected to its water shed. Algae growth has always been a natural and primarily healthy organism within the aquatic ecosystem; so when does algae growth become a problem?

In the recent years, the terms ‘Red Tide’ and HAB (Hazardous Algae Blooms) have become common terminology for Florida natives and tourists. Red tide is generally associated with the Gulf of Mexico and HAB Bluegreen algae blooms are associated with Okeechobee river near south-eastern Florida.

‘Red Tide’ is associated with the organism, Karenia brevis, a microscopic algae that occurs normally in low concentrations. In algae blooms, the concentration becomes so high that the water takes on a different color, hence the term ‘red-tide’. The algae blooms produce excessive levels of toxin which can paralyze and kill fish. This toxin can then accumulate in other fish and shellfish, which when eaten by humans, can produce serious illness or death.

HAB Bluegreen algae blooms are associated with cyanobacteria. These algae blooms produce neurotoxins which can cause nerve and brain damage. HAB’s occurrence has risen over the past years as our water shed direction changed in the ‘Treasure coastline’ of south-eastern Florida. This guacamole color sludge is a man-made affliction from human waste and fertilizer run off into Lake Okeechobee – a diagram can be seen here. Under normal circumstances, the water run-off heads into the everglades. With new land development near the everglades, water run-off is now being diverted. The Army Corps of Engineers will pump and divert the freshwater runoff from Lake Okeechobee’s outlying developments and sugar cane fields, towards the intercoastal, where it accumulates and grows HABs.

In June of 2016, governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in response to massive HAB’s forming off the southeastern coastline. Through sea-level rise and global warming, there has never been a more dire time to protect Florida’s watershed and coastlines.

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