ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Brazilian Mint Tea Naturally Good for Pain Relief
Varicose, Spider Veins May Be Inevitable for Some
CANCER
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Herb May Counter Liver Damage From Chemo
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
CAREGIVING
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
DIET, NUTRITION
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Short-Term Air Pollution Exposure May Damage DNA
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
EYE CARE, VISION
When Gauging Age, the Eyes Have It
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
FITNESS
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Run for Your Life
Be Healthy, Spend Less
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Life Span
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
SENIORS
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
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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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