Nearly 9,500 People Die Each Year in London from Air Pollution

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Debate continues to rage in almost every circle about whether global warming is simply a natural cyclical phenomenon or whether are responsible because of our emissions. Put that debate aside because it really doesn’t matter whether our emissions are causing global warming or not. It doesn’t  matter because regardless we need to reduce emissions.

A new study on pollution in London came to the conclusion that almost 10,000 people die each year because of air pollution. Previous studies showed much lower numbers but this is primarily because they failed to include NO2 in the study. Diesel engines and vehicles are the main culprit when it comes to NO2 emissions.

Clean emissions in the past decade has mainly focused on gasoline engine emissions largely ignoring diesel engines. This new data opens up a whole new issue when it comes to air quality, especially in big cities like London.

You can read more about this story on environment-today.org



Don’t let Babies Nap in Car Seat Unattended

We’ve all seen it and many of us have done it. The infant is asleep and we don’t want to wake him or her so we just unbuckle the car seat and leave the child in the car seat to nap while we go about our business.

Truth is that infants die each year because of this practice. The problem is generally that the straps choke them or they die of asphyxiation because their body slips into a position where breathing is difficult.

The bottom line is that a car seat is intended for the child to sit in and sleep while in a vehicle. If used in this manner, the child is under constant supervision. Never leave a child in a car seat unsupervised, even for a couple of minutes.


CDC Launches New Prescription Drug Overdose Site

Did you know that “since 1999, the amount of prescription painkillers prescribed and sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled?”

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Every day in the US, 44 people will die from a prescribed drug overdose. Most of those deaths will be from drugs that fall in the Opiods category with these four being the main culprits:

  • Hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin)
  • Oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin)
  • Oxymorphone (e.g., Opana)
  • Methadone (especially when prescribed for pain)

Because the problem is reaching epidemic proportions, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has launched a new website to help educate people about the dangers of prescription drugs. The website is meant, not only for consumers but also for healthcare professionals, trying to help them understand how and when to prescribe these drugs.

Checkout the CDC Rx Overdose page for yourself