ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
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Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
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Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
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Almost Half of Adults Will Develop Knee Osteoarthritis by 85
CANCER
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
CAREGIVING
Robots May Come to Aging Boomers' Rescue
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
Hospital Volume Imperfect Gauge of Cancer Surgery Outcomes
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
DIET, NUTRITION
Successful Weight Loss Shows Unique Brain Patterns
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
The Raw Food Diet
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Genetics, Environment Shape Sexual Behavior
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
FITNESS
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds
Toxins May Form When Skin, Indoor Ozone Meet
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
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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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