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What are the risks/benefits of using mosquito repellent?

What are the risks/benefits of using mosquito repellent?

All benefit, no risk: Risks are essentially zero, unless your skin is sensitive to it. Benefits ange from prevention of itchy bites at one extreme, to prevention of death from malaria and other mosquito-borne illness at the other. ...Read more

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Safety is a topic that includes recommendations for making the home and outdoor environments safe, especially for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, fencing off pools, staying away from cars, watching ...Read more


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Are there any health risks in using insect repellents daily?

Are there any health risks in using insect repellents daily?

Probably not: I'm sure you can find some article on the internet that says insect repellant is killing us all, but I use it. Some people say that an ingredient called deet may cause some problems, but it is very effective. And what about the danger of infection and disease from the insect bite itself? Personally, i'll take the repellant anyday. (if for a toddler or infant, check with your pediatrician). ...Read more

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Is there any health risk in using insect repellents daily?

Probably not: I'm sure you can find some article on the internet that says insect repellant is killing us all, but I use it. Some people say that an ingredient called deet may cause some problems, but it is very effective. And what about the danger of infection and disease from the insect bite itself? Personally, i'll take the repellant anyday. (if for a toddler or infant, check with your pediatrician). ...Read more

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What are some side effects of not using protective eyewear in tanning beds?

What are some side effects of not using protective eyewear in tanning beds?

Tanning beds & eyes: According to the health physics society, your eyes are especially prone to damage from tanning bed use. In fact, research shows that, in a tanning bed, ultraviolet radiation exposure to the eyes reaches up to 100 times greater than from the sun. ...Read more

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What is the safety profile of nanoparticles ingredients in beauty products?

What is the safety profile of nanoparticles ingredients in beauty products?

Nanoparticles: The concern is whether the nanoparticles can be absorbed through the skin an into the blood streamthey are not consideredto be a safety risk. ...Read more

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Which insect repellents are good for prevention of malaria?

Which insect repellents are good for prevention of  malaria?

DEET & Picardin: Effective mosquito control limits the possiblilty of malaria. Of course, if you are in an area with malria you will need to add medication to prevent malaria too. Safe & effective: 30%deet, preferably in the ultra frormulation adn 20% picardin are proven effective. You can make your clothes insect repellent too by washing in permthrin. Other unproven insect repellents are not recommended. ...Read more

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Infant circumcision benefits outweigh the risks according to the american academy of pediatrics (aap). What are other opinions?

Infant circumcision benefits outweigh the risks according to the american academy of pediatrics (aap). What are other opinions?

Infant Circumcision: Recent research found that there was not enough evidence that circumcision definitely prevented UTI and STD and hence currently circumcision is considered to be more for religious or family preferences. The coverage for the procedure by the insurances has also undergone a slight change recently. But many still are strong in the belief that there is a definite benefit from circumcision ...Read more

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Risk of mercury in skin lightening creams?

Risk of mercury in skin lightening creams?

Foreign-made only.: Mercury is tightly controlled and virtually absent from cosmetics made in the U.S., but some lightening creams made in other countries do have it. It's illegal to sell mercury-containing products in the states, but people buy them online from foreign retailers, or bring them into the country in their luggage. Never use creams of any kind containing mercury; it's very dangerous. ...Read more

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Are there child safety ratings for cars?

Are there child safety ratings for cars?

Yes: What you can get is 1. Crash test results and 2. Car seat data. A good place for crash test results is the insurance institute for highway safety @ http://www.Iihs.Org/ratings/default.Aspx . The national highway traffic safety administration is a great place to learn about car seats @ http://www.Nhtsa.Gov/safety/cps . Then you can turn to consumer reports for specific product recs. ...Read more

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Is organic DHA in professional spray tans safe?

Is organic DHA in professional spray tans safe?

DHA: Dha may not be safe. Spray used on animals showed it to affect dna adversely. Also, if the spray gets gets into the lungs it can cause asthma like symptoms and over the long run may cause cancer. ...Read more

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Are mosquito bites harmfull in the uk

Are mosquito bites harmfull in the uk

They haven't been...: Diseases transmitted by mosquitos are largely a problem in tropical climates. The UK has typically experienced only nuisance mosquito bites. However I read that there are concerns about disease carrying mosquitos having entered the country through imported tires from the Far East. I would watch for NHS bulletins regarding this. Stay well:) ...Read more

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Are the new fire safety cigarettes more dangerous?

Are the new fire safety cigarettes more dangerous?

All are dangerous: There is no middle ground here. Smoking is unhealthy and dangerous. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of using sanatogen powder?

What are the benefits of using sanatogen powder?

Are you serious?: Where on earth did you come across Sanatogen powder? It was one of those old 19th-century patent medicines that were quite rightly driven into extinction by the Food and Drug Act. It was mostly milk protein. Please repost and explain how and why you came to ask this extraordinary question. ...Read more

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How are long term safety risks of dental products tested?

How are long term safety risks of dental products tested?

Dental products: Dental products undergo stringent testing in order to merit the american dental association seal of approval so if any question, simply look for the ada seal of approval. ...Read more

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What are the safety issues regarding wearing nylon stockings?

What are the safety issues regarding wearing nylon stockings?

For firefighters...: Seems somewhere i saw this asked in relation to being a firefighter. Synthetics should not be worn under turnout gear as they can melt at high temperatures and often do not breathe as well as cotton or a blend. In high temperature situations if the material next to the skin does not breathe sweat can build up and become steam and burn the skin...If this doesn't answer question, be more specific. ...Read more

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Is their any health benefit of wearing undergarment.?

Is their any health benefit of wearing undergarment.?

Not really.: There may be hygiene issues! one may use underwear to wick perspiration and stay dry and to give support to the genitals (if male). Undergarments may prevent (or cause) chaffing and rashes. Though, no undergarment my provide better circulation, increase sperm count and prevent yeast and other problems. It really comes down to personal preference. To wear or not to wear, that is the question? ...Read more

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What's the latest research on the interaction/detrimental effects of vitamin a (eg from raw carrots) on vitamin D3 (from sunlight) effectiveness?

What's the latest research on the interaction/detrimental effects of vitamin a (eg from raw carrots) on vitamin D3 (from sunlight) effectiveness?

Militant fringe: This is at present a fringe idea, primarily the work of a handful of pro-vitamin-d, anti-vitamin-a militants on anti-doctor websites; the centerpiece is a 2009 number-crunch journal article on vitamin d levels and colon cancer with a tiny sidebar on vitamin a. I hesitate to draw cause-and-effect conclusions from studies based only on statistics without an obvious mechanism. ...Read more