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Oct 21st

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Avoid temporary tattoos with ‘black henna’ or ‘pre-mixed henna’

Avoid temporary tattoos with ‘black henna’ or ‘pre-mixed henna’Dear EarthTalk: My daughter loves those press-on tattoos, and they’re frequently given out at birthday parties and other events. But I’ve noticed the labels say they’re only for ages three and up. Are they safe? If not, are there alternatives?  -- Debra Jones, Lansing, MI

For the most part, so-called temporary tattoos are safe for kids and grown-ups alike, even if they do contain a long list of scary sounding ingredients including resins, polymers, varnishes and dyes. But if they are sold legitimately in the U.S., their ingredients have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FSA) as cosmetics, meaning the agency has found them to be safe for “direct dermal contact.” The FDA has received reports of minor skin irritation including redness and swelling, but such cases have been deemed “child specific” and were not widespread enough to warrant general warnings to the public. 


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Our broken global food system

Our broken global food systemDear EarthTalk: I understand a recent government report concluded that our global food system is in deep trouble, that roughly two billion people are hungry or undernourished while another billion are over consuming to the point of obesity. What’s going on?     -- Ellie Francoeur, Baton Rouge, LA

The report in question, the Global Farming & Futures Report, synthesized findings collected from more than 400 scientists spanning 34 countries, and was published in January 2011 by the British government’s Department for Business Innovation & Skills. Its troubling bottom line conclusion is that the world’s existing food system is failing half of the people on the planet.
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EPA regulates cleaning products

EPA regulates cleaning productsDear EarthTalk: Why don’t cleaning products have to list their ingredients, and are these products tested for what they might do to your health?  -- Patricia Greenville, Bethel, CT

Since cleaning products aren’t food, beverages or drugs meant to be ingested, they aren’t regulated, per se, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, makers are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to list ingredients that are active disinfectants or potentially harmful. Otherwise, they usually keep their other ingredients secret, presumably so competitors can’t copy their formulas.
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Oakdale event seeks to uplift diabetes patients

March 10, 2011 Mark Stesin, MD and Christopher Schoonover, MD of Oakdale Medical Center held their 3rd Annual Diabetes Patient Appreciation event, which was filled with lots of helpful information and supplies to make each and every diabetic patient’s life just a little easier. “I feel my patients need to be educated of the current health methods,” said Stesin who has one of the largest endocrinology practices in the region. He and his partner Dr. Schoonover, along with Medtronic, gave their patients the chance to find out ways to better manage their health. The public education event took a look into a disease that currently affects more than 200,000 Minnesotans and an estimated 25 million people nationwide, according to the CDC.
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Being screened saves lives

Colon cancer has hid in the shadows of other cancers because people are too embarrassed to openly discuss the disease because it deals with part of the body that the general public is uncomfortable talking about. Sadly, many individuals suffer needlessly. Understanding risk factors, symptoms, and screening options will not only help in avoiding the disease, but could mean the difference between life and death.
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American Cancer Society says "Let’s Talk about it"

On April 18th, the American Cancer Society plans to honor eight distinct organizations for their work in the community with the educational program called Let’s Talk About It. This program designed to inform men, and some women, on the effects of colorectal and prostate cancer, and ways they can make life-style changes to improve their health and delay, or put off entirely, having one of these forms of cancer. Over the past two years these groups have worked to reach out to over 2000 Minnesotans, predominantly African American men, giving them knowledge through laughter, love, prayer and personal experience.
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Why teenage girls should love breakfast

Why teenage girls should love breakfastThrough their ‘I Heart Breakfast’ initiative (represented as ‘I <3 BRFST’), General Mills wants African American teenage girls to know the importance of a healthy breakfast. The campaign was launched to prove that teen girls who eat cereal tend to have healthy body weight, which in turn helps to live healthful lives.

Studies show that over 38% of teenage girls in America don’t eat breakfast. While there are many reasons for this, the two most common ones are: a jam packed schedule and the exposure to images on television, magazines, and the internet that entice girls to want to be thin. General Mills hopes that with their campaign they will not just highlight the importance of eating breakfast, but the nutritional value the girls will receive from a breakfast consisting of cereal.
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