A 6-year-old girl in Oregon experienced severe nicotine poisoning after her parents accidentally gave her liquid nicotine meant for electronic cigarettes instead of a children's liquid pain reliever, according to a new report of the girl's case.The child survived, but nicotine poisoning can be fatal, and the researchers warned that such cases could become more common as e-cigarettes rise in popularity."As electronic cigarette use proliferates, children are now increasingly at risk of toxicity from ingestions of much larger quantities of nicotine from highly concentrated refill liquid, as in our case study," Dr. Matthew Noble, an emergency medicine physician at Oregon Health and Science University, and a co-author of the report, said in a statement.The girl had previously sprained her ankle, and was taking children's Motrin (which contains ibuprofen) for pain relief. But when the bottle was finished, the girl's mother used it to store some liquid nicotine that she had bought online to … [Read more...] about Child Swallows E-Cig Liquid After Medication Mix-Up
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Massachusetts on Monday morning saw potentially a good amount of snow turn into a wintry mix of rain because the temperature couldn't stay below freezing for long enough. Well, that won't be a problem at the end of the week. Forecasters are warning of dangerously high winds and potentially record-low temperatures this Thursday into Friday. Wind chills could drop as low as 25 degrees below zero thanks to single-digit temperatures and 40-50 miles per hour wind gusts. "A bitterly cold Arctic high-pressure system will be moving into our area Thursday night into Friday," NECN meteorologist Aaron Perry told Patch. "Single-digit lows will occur Thursday night into Friday morning, with highs on Friday only reaching into the teens." Perry said he expects record lows to be challenged overnight Thursday. Stay with Patch as we update the chilling forecast. Subscribe to your local Patch for updates The National Weather Service also warned of what would feel like sub-zero temperatures. "An arctic … [Read more...] about Massachusetts Weather Forecast: Arctic Plunge Means 25 Degrees Below Zero This Week
9 Snack Foods: Healthy or Not?Healthy eating is often a challenge, particularly when we're surrounded by so many foods that seem to disguise themselves as good for us. We know some fats are necessary, whole grains are good, and getting adequate amounts of fruits and veggies is paramount, but sometimes the grocery store can still feel like a nutritional maze.The problem with assessing the health-value of many foods is that consumers are "led by the advertisement on the front of the package, and that becomes a selling point," said Constance Brown-Riggs, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.The best thing to do is to pick up a package and turn it around. For example, healthy snacks should be no more than 200 calories, and should have plenty of fiber, little sugar and almost no fat, Brown-Riggs said. Reading the list of ingredients, along with the nutrition label, is a good way to understand what you're really eating, she said."Snacks … [Read more...] about 9 Snack Foods: Healthy or Not?
Protein is a macronutrient that is essential to building muscle mass. It is commonly found in animal products, though is also present in other sources, such as nuts and legumes. There are three macronutrients: protein, fats and carbohydrates. Macronutrients provide calories, or energy. The body requires large amounts of macronutrients to sustain life, hence the term “macro,” according to the University of Illinois McKinley Health Center. Each gram of protein contains 4 calories. Protein makes up about 15 percent of a person’s body weight.Chemically, protein is composed of amino acids, which are organic compounds made of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen or sulfur. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and proteins are the building blocks of muscle mass, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “When protein is broken down in the body it helps to fuel muscle mass, which helps metabolism," said Jessica Crandall, a registered … [Read more...] about What Is Protein?
The man stands among the blackened, shell-shattered buildings, and reaches up to encompass them in a broad sweep of his wiry arms. "This," he proclaims, "is the state of Abu Ali Sulaibi." The ruined corner of downtown Aleppo does not, of course, constitute a state and nor does it belong to the man claiming it in his name. But as the Syrian civil war has stagnated and Aleppo has fractured into "liberated" neighbourhoods run by different militias, Abu Ali and commanders like him have become the rulers of a series of mini-fiefdoms. These two blocks of the rebel frontline in Saif al-Dawla are his. Walking through the once prosperous streets, Abu Ali recalls the life he lived here, pointing out the places where he played as a child, went to school and fell in love. He now lives in a small apartment in the heart of the zone with his wife, Um Ali, three daughters, a son, and a cat named Sanjoob, or Squirrel. Fifty metres from Abu Ali's sector, across the Saif al-Dawla Boulevard, a similar … [Read more...] about ‘The people of Aleppo needed someone to drag them into the revolution’