Certain soaps used to wash babies shortly after birth may cause the baby to test positive for marijuana on some newborn screening tests, a new study suggests.In the study, urine samples that contained minute amounts of any of five baby soaps — Johnson & Johnson's Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, J&J Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Wash Shampoo — gave a positive result on a drug screening test for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana.The researchers began their investigation after nurses at a North Carolina hospital reported an increase in the number of newborns testing positive for marijuana.The amount of soap in the urine needed to produce a positive test result was tiny, less than 0.1 milliliters, the researchers said.It's important to note the soaps do not produce a "high," or any other effects of marijuana, in infants. "It's not marijuana a in any way, shape or form," said study … [Read more...] about Strange Reason for Baby’s Positive Pot Test Found
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Rituals that cleanse the body to purify the soul are at the core of religions worldwide. Now scientists find these ceremonies apparently have a psychological basis.Researchers discovered sins actually seem to urge people to clean themselves, a phenomenon they dubbed the "Macbeth effect" after dramatized murderess Lady Macbeth, who vainly tried scrubbing her hands clean of imaginary blood in Shakespeare's famed Scottish play.Intriguingly, the researchers also found purifying the body then helped people absolve their consciences."Showering and handwashing occur daily, but now we find these core routines can really have a psychological impact," behavioral researcher Katie Liljenquist at Northwestern University in Chicago told LiveScience.Future studies could see whether "living in a very clean environment facilitates more ethical behavior, or ironically licenses unethical behavior," Liljenquist added.Liljenquist and her colleague Chen-Bo Zhong at the University of Toronto in Canada first … [Read more...] about People Really Do Wash Away Sins
Washing fruits and vegetables is smart. But can it keep you safe from bacteria outbreaks like the recent tomato scare?While rinsing a tomato under cold water rids the produce of a lot of potentially harmful bacteria, some of these tiny critters are resistant to the shower. Basically, they hang on tight, experts say.The result can be outbreaks of Salmonella or E. coli in humans, even if we're careful.The FDA estimates 383 current Salmonella cases linked to contaminated tomatoes across 30 states, including Washington, D.C., since April 10 when the earliest known victim was reported. The outbreak is blamed on Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of Salmonella, which are bacteria that can live in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals. There are hundreds of types."As of right now, the FDA hasn’t been able to identify exactly where the tomatoes came from," said Brendan Niemira of the USDA's Microbial Food Safety Unit in Pennsylvania.Even so, tomatoes can pick up … [Read more...] about Does Washing Fruits and Vegetables Make Them Safe?
Outdoor enthusiast Dr. Susan Weinkle has found a way to do what she once considered impossible: she can kayak Florida's waterways for five-hour stretches in midsummer and not get a speck of sunburn.Her secret? Sun protection clothing, specially treated fashions designed to filter ultraviolet rays. Carrying a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating, these clothes, hats and swimsuits have proliferated in the last decade as Americans have become more aware of the sun's hazards ."Being sun-aware myself and an outdoor person, it has been a godsend," said Weinkle, a dermatologist in Bradenton, Fla., and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at University of South Florida. "It's not always the most stylish and the cost is high, but . . . the benefits far outweigh the costs."Better than sunscreen?Any clothing can be considered sun-protective if it covers the skin, and pieces in darker colors, tighter weaves and synthetic fabrics are all better at blocking harmful rays than lighter, … [Read more...] about Sun Protection Clothing: As Good as Sunscreen, or Better?
In general, the levels of potentially harmful chemicals released from the gulf oil spill are well below the levels that could cause harm to pregnant women or their unborn babies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).However, the CDC notes the chemicals in the oil could cause harm under some conditions. The effects depend on many things, including: how the mother came into contact with the oil, how long she was in contact with it, how often she came into contact with it and the overall health of the mother and her baby.The CDC recommends that everyone, including pregnant women, avoid the oil and spill-affected areas. Chemicals can enter the body in several ways, some of which may go unnoticed. People can be exposed to the chemicals by breathing them, by swallowing them, or by absorption through the skin. Generally, a pregnant woman will see or smell the chemicals in oil before they can hurt her or the baby, the CDC says.Among the CDC's recommendations for … [Read more...] about Can the Gulf Oil Spill Harm Babies in the Womb?