Healthy Living is a monthly special section published in all 18 Anton Community Newspapers focusing on a wide range of health topics and highlighting the extensive health services available in our area. A sampling of current stories appears here.
According to the Surgeon General’s 2012 report on “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults,” each day in the U.S., approximately 3,800 young people under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette. The overwhelming majority of smokers, experts estimate approximately 90 percent, started smoking before they were 18 years old. About 20 percent of American teens smoke. One-third of smokers who began smoking as teens will die prematurely due to a smoking-related illness.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer recently called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to put forward regulations that result in child safety caps on the packaging of dishwashing and laundry detergent gel pods that are posing serious risks to young children. The gel pods, which are relatively new to the United States, are small in size and come in a variety of bright colors, making them attractive to children, who confuse them with candy. The gel pods, which contain a single dose of detergent, are particularly dangerous to young children because the detergent is highly concentrated. Schumer also urged the companies to immediately consider offering these products with child-safe caps on their own.
This summer, several organizations have offered tick-prevention tips to help avoid tick bites, which could potentially lead to Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
While statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) show that the number of Lyme Disease cases in New York State decreased from 2000-2010, New York was still one of 12 states with the most reported cases of Lyme Disease. In particular, CDC maps show that the majority of reported cases in New York occur downstate.
The New York State Department of Health said that they are investigating other tick-borne illnesses, such as babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. According to the NYSDOH, these diseases are most frequently found on Long Island and in the lower Hudson Valley region. The NYSDOH also said that the number of cases of the other tick-borne diseases has been increasing over the past few years, although the NYSDOH also noted that the number of these cases is still much smaller in comparison to the number of reported cases of Lyme Disease.
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