ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Many Americans Fall Short on Their Vitamin D
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Chronic Low Back Pain Is on the Rise
CANCER
Tanning Beds Shown To Raise Cancer Risk, Study Says
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
CAREGIVING
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals
Critically Ill Patients Lack Vitamin D
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Coffee Beans May Be Newest Stress-Buster
Many Kids Don't Need the Vitamins They're Taking
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Lead Exposure in Childhood Linked to Criminal Behavior Later
Improved Fungicides May Be Easier on Environment
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
EYE CARE, VISION
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
FITNESS
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Spread of Swine Flu in Japan Could Raise WHO Alert to Highest Level
Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Love Hormone May Ease Discussion of Painful Topics
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21 (HealthDay News) -- If you didn't know better, you could confuse carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning with the flu.

That's why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a new fact sheet out to help prevent people from becoming part of the 500 deaths and 15,000 visits to the emergency room caused each year by unintentional CO poisoning.

The sheet focuses on older people, who can be more vulnerable to CO poisoning if they have health issues, especially anemia or heart or breathing conditions.

Carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas, is the most common cause of poisoning death in the United States. It is produced by gasoline engines, stoves and heating systems, and, without proper ventilation, the gas can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces.

The EPA says people can help prevent this by remembering "I CAN B":

* Install CO alarms near sleeping areas. (Less than one third of homes have them installed.)
* Check heating systems and fuel-burning appliances annually.
* Avoid the use of non-vented combustion appliances.
* Never burn fuels indoors except in devices such as stoves or furnaces that are made for safe use.
* Be attentive to possible symptoms of CO poisoning.

More information

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has more about preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, news release, Jan. 13, 2009

Last Updated: Jan. 21, 2009

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