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EHP – Metals in Lip Products: A Cause for Concern?

EHP – Metals in Lip Products: A Cause for Concern? | School Nursing | Scoop.it
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Analysis of lipsticks reveals high metals content, and LEAD above FDA levels in all of them.  One reason (cosmetics) we think may be why middle school girls testing with elevated lead levels.

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RealClearSports - Cullen's Death Adds to Concussion Story

The known details of the death of former Division II champion quarterback Cullen Finnerty are chilling enough. One potential factor—football-related trauma hinted at by his family and friends—only adds to the tragedy.
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School board honors nurse for saving a parent's life - The Tennessean

School board honors nurse for saving a parent's life - The Tennessean | School Nursing | Scoop.it
School board honors nurse for saving a parent's life The Tennessean Director of Schools Mike Looney recognized Whittemore during the school board meeting for her quick work and skill in using a defibrillator and CPR to keep the parent alive until...
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Nurse just happens to be a school board meeting, saves a parent's life

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At schools, a focus on relationships

In May 2012, the principal of Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa., dealt with four seniors who seriously vandalized the school during "senior week." In the past, the students would simply have...
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"Restorative conference"- make a lifetime difference, instead of "zero tolerance" 

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Epilepsy: Absence Seizure

Absence Seizure - The fifth in our series of videos to show that epilepsy isn't always what you think. Created as part of a project for National Epilepsy Wee...
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53 second video- absence seizures- not what you may think

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3 min vid TY! @HudStun urges focus on 3rd grade: Dyslexia and the Quest for Grade Level Reading

On Feb. 25, 2013, the Tremaine Foundation and Campaign for Grade-Level Reading are hosting a national policy briefing in Washington, D.C., on dyslexia and the quest for grade-level reading proficiency. The event features special remarks from Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who struggled with dyslexia as a child, and has become a champion for policies that start early to identify struggling readers and ensure more students learn to read proficiently by the time they finish third grade


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Allergic Action: Quick Response Critical to Saving Lives | Op-Ed - LiveScience.com

Allergic Action: Quick Response Critical to Saving Lives | Op-Ed - LiveScience.com | School Nursing | Scoop.it
Allergic Action: Quick Response Critical to Saving Lives | Op-Ed
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Nationally, the number of children with food allergies is increasing.
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Great  video- remember summer time is different routines, and risk do having a reaction increases- does everyone who cares for your child know what to do?

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Ohio’s New Concussion Law FAQ’s

I was forwarded an information sheet on the newly enacted Ohio Return to Play Law.  It appears as a Frequently Asked Questions form, here are some highlights; Guidelines for both interscholastic and youth sports Who can clear the athlete Specific ...
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Long overdue- a great resource along with CDC's site!

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Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue to Host Hands-Only CPR Class - Patch.com

Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue to Host Hands-Only CPR Class - Patch.com | School Nursing | Scoop.it
Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue to Host Hands-Only CPR Class Patch.com Since the implementation of hands-only CPR and other modifications to how CPR is preformed, both in and out of the hospital setting, there has been a dramatic increase in...
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increase awareness, comfort in trying it- 10-20 minutes is all it takes

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Many children still have high lead levels in Blood

Many children still have high lead levels in Blood | School Nursing | Scoop.it
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Despite Big Progress, Many Kids Have High Lead Levels in Blood
Mineral has been linked to learning and behavioral problems, CDC says
By Robert Preidt
Thursday, April 4, 2013

story follows-  (some can't access this site)

(unofficial, my survey of classes at a urban elementary reveals that disporportiate (approx 40%) amount of my students have elevated lead ( 5-17ug/dl) when last tested.  Insurance only pays for testing 0-age 6, so there is no way of knowing how much they are impacted now.  Growth spurts, minor phisiological stress can raise lead levels again to these levels again...BUT diet, safe measures cangreatly reduce amount of lead absorbed...ask me more about it...

THURSDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a big drop in the number of American children with elevated blood lead levels over the past four decades, but about 2.6 percent of children aged 1 to 5 years still have too much lead in their systems, federal officials reported Thursday.

An estimated 535,000 children in that age group had blood lead levels at or above 5 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL) in 2007 to 2010, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

A lead level at or above 5 mcg/dL is considered "a level of concern" by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This level was adopted by the CDC in 2012.

One expert said the new numbers remain worrisome.

"We have made extraordinary progress against childhood lead poisoning in the United States over the past two decades," said Dr. Philip Landrigan, director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in New York City. However, "despite this success, lead poisoning is still epidemic in American children," he added.

The consequences of lead transmitting from the environment to children can be dire, added Landrigan, who was not involved in the new report. He said that the 535,000 children cited in the report are vulnerable to "brain damage with loss of IQ, shortening of attention span and lifelong disruptions in their behavior as a direct result of their exposure to lead."

"Because the brain damage caused to children by lead is permanent, untreatable and extremely costly, prevention of lead exposure is the only logical and medically proven approach for dealing with the lead poisoning epidemic," Landrigan said.

The CDC noted that previous "level of concern" for blood lead levels in children was set at or above 10 mcg/dL. The new study found significant progress over the past four decades in reducing the number of children with this level of lead in their blood.

From 1976 to 1980, an estimated 88 percent of children aged 1 to 5 had blood lead levels at or above 10 mcg/dL, compared with 4.4 percent in 1991-1994, 1.6 percent in 1999-2002 and 0.8 percent in 2007-2010.

However, there are persistent differences in the blood lead levels of children in different racial/ethnic and income groups that are linked to disparities in housing quality, environmental conditions, nutrition and other factors, the study said.

Efforts to prevent lead poisoning should target areas and communities where children are most at risk, the study authors recommended in the April 5 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Another expert not involved with the report described what parents can do.

"Parents may help protect their children by ensuring that their home environments are free of lead-based paint and by keeping children away from old windows and areas with peeling paint," said Dr. Roya Samuels, a pediatrician at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

"Maintaining a clean home and encouraging frequent hand-washing are good preventative measures as well," Samuels said. "A healthy, well-balanced diet including foods rich in calcium and iron will also help children absorb less lead if exposed to the toxic metal."

Over the past decades, nationwide efforts to reduce lead levels in children have included removing lead from gasoline, eliminating lead paint in homes, reducing lead levels in children's products and screening those at high risk.

SOURCES: Philip Landrigan, M.D., director, Children's Environmental Health Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City; Roya Samuels, M.D., pediatrician, Cohen Children's Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; April 5, 2013, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


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Diabetic High School Girl Beaten by Cop and Arrested - Mostly Water

The Courthouse News Service reports that after the diabetic student fell asleep while in a room reserved for “in school suspensions,” a school police officer slammed her face into a cabinet and then arrested her.
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Appalling.  Life-threatening. Another legal case due to lack of knowledge.

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Mom: School failed to monitor girl's injection - Dayton Daily News

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Mom: School failed to monitor girl's injection
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The sixth-grader is diabetic and must take daily doses of insulin while at school.
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Are you a nurse covering diabetics at multiple schools daily?

This is your case to show for why a school with diabetics need a nurse there at all times- one legal case is all it takes, so

Can your school district learn from others mistakes or do they do have to learn it the hard way?

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Epilepsy Cured in Mice Using A One-Time Transplantation Of MGE Brain Cells

Epilepsy Cured in Mice Using A One-Time Transplantation Of MGE Brain Cells | School Nursing | Scoop.it

UCSF scientists controlled seizures in epileptic mice with a one-time transplantation of medial ganglionic eminence (MGE) cells, which inhibit signaling in overactive nerve circuits, into the hippocampus, a brain region associated with seizures, as well as with learning and memory. Other researchers had previously used different cell types in rodent cell transplantation experiments and failed to stop seizures.

 

Cell therapy has become an active focus of epilepsy research, in part because current medications, even when effective, only control symptoms and not underlying causes of the disease, according to Scott C. Baraban, PhD, who holds the William K. Bowes Jr. Endowed Chair in Neuroscience Research at UCSF and led the new study. In many types of epilepsy, he said, current drugs have no therapeutic value at all.

 

"Our results are an encouraging step toward using inhibitory neurons for cell transplantation in adults with severe forms of epilepsy," Baraban said. "This procedure offers the possibility of controlling seizures and rescuing cognitive deficits in these patients."

 

In the UCSF study, the transplanted inhibitory cells quenched this synchronous, nerve-signaling firestorm, eliminating seizures in half of the treated mice and dramatically reducing the number of spontaneous seizures in the rest. Robert Hunt, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Baraban lab, guided many of the key experiments.

 

he mouse model of disease that Baraban's lab team worked with is meant to resemble a severe and typically drug-resistant form of human epilepsy called mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, in which seizures are thought to arise in the hippocampus. In contrast to transplants into the hippocampus, transplants into the amygdala, a brain region involved in memory and emotion, failed to halt seizure activity in this same mouse model, the researcher found.

 

Temporal lobe epilepsy often develops in adolescence, in some cases long after a seizure episode triggered during early childhood by a high fever. A similar condition in mice can be induced with a chemical exposure, and in addition to seizures, this mouse model shares other pathological features with the human condition, such as loss of cells in the hippocampus, behavioral alterations and impaired problem solving.

 


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Biosciencia's curator insight, May 6, 2013 6:38 AM

Cell therapy has become an active focus of epilepsy research, in part because current medications, even when effective, only control symptoms and not underlying causes of the disease.

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The Prevalence of Undiagnosed Concussions in Athletes

Objective: Previous studies suggest athletes underreport concussions. We sought to determine whether athletes in our clinics have sustained previous concussions that went undiagnosed.
Design: Multicentered cross sectional study.

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Some justices question requiring nurses to give shots in schools

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SAN FRANCISCO — Several members of the California Supreme Court appeared wary Wednesday of requiring public schools to provide licensed nurses to administer insulin injections and other medications to schoolchildren.
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hard to say which way this will turn- no doubt it will affect every state...

 

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The Coffee Klatch - A virtual cup of coffee for parents of special needs children.

The Coffee Klatch - A virtual cup of coffee for parents of special needs children. | School Nursing | Scoop.it
The Coffee Klatch - A virtual cup of coffee for parents of special needs children.
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This is a great "talk radio" blog for parents with children who have special needs

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School carnival teaches families how to stay healthy

School carnival teaches families how to stay healthy | School Nursing | Scoop.it
OGDEN — Gramercy Elementary School students and their families got to play games, dunk a doctor and eat snow cones while learning how to stay he...
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adding healthy information to your school carnival- EASY answer to making it well rounded-  5K for kids to look forward to in the fall- gives them something to do besides video games this summer!!! 

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Elkins High School staff honored for saving life of pregnant teacher in distress - KHOU

Elkins High School staff honored for saving life of pregnant teacher in distress - KHOU | School Nursing | Scoop.it
Elkins High School staff honored for saving life of pregnant teacher in distress
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“Your daughter, your wife--- your whole entire reason for being is on the ground,” he said. Then paramedics took over.
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Here is why you need to know how to do hands only CPR, and where the closest AED is-  Heros!

 

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Free CPR Training To Be Offered on May 22 to Businesses, Schools, Public ... - Wall Street Journal (press release)

Free CPR Training To Be Offered on May 22 to Businesses, Schools, Public ... - Wall Street Journal (press release) | School Nursing | Scoop.it
Free CPR Training To Be Offered on May 22 to Businesses, Schools, Public ...
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This is how bystander-CPR can make the difference," said Edward M. Racht, MD, AMR's Chief Medical Officer.
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Everyone can use this resource - help bystanders make a difference,& EMS have someone to rescue once they arrive!

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Maybe it will allow you to view on May 22- doesn't right now
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2nd-grader saves diabetic mom's life afterfinding her unconscious - Camarillo Acorn

2nd-grader saves diabetic mom's life afterfinding her unconscious - Camarillo Acorn | School Nursing | Scoop.it
2nd-grader saves diabetic mom's life afterfinding her unconscious
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Faith was recognized for calling 911 after her mother went into diabetic shock.
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Food Allergy Bullying: It's Not a Joke PSA (Full Version)

FARE's "It's Not a Joke" Campaign can help you learn more about food allergies and how you can prevent food allergy bullying. Teen actor and former Shake It ...
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1/3rd of students with food allergies have been bullied...

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AllergyAble's curator insight, July 22, 2013 11:33 AM

It needs to stop!

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Teen Invents Concussion Detection Prototype for Car Accidents - Mashable - Mashable

Teen Invents Concussion Detection Prototype for Car Accidents - Mashable - Mashable | School Nursing | Scoop.it
Teen Invents Concussion Detection Prototype for Car Accidents - Mashable Mashable The Plankinton, S.D., teen has designed a working prototype for an in-vehicle system he calls "HardHit," which can help detect whether someone may have suffered a...
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Kelsey Hough quits school over peanut allergy - KSDK

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Kelsey Hough quits school over peanut allergy
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She has a peanut allergy that could kill her in seconds. "So if I was having an anaphylactic reaction my throat will start to close up and I'll stop being able to breathe.
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So, decision was made that signs' Nut free room" was inadequate, and school was taking on too much legal responsibility ( university level) -

not sure I understand why this decision was made.... some lawyer is probably part of it....

 

Schools are always running the risk that other students will not comply...

wow- do you  think she can file a claim through the American Disabilty Act?

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Media - Most high school football players would continue to play despite acknowledged concussion symptoms

Media - Most high school football players would continue to play despite acknowledged concussion symptoms | School Nursing | Scoop.it

Surveys of high school football players, many of whom were educated about concussion dangers, revealed that they would not report their own concussion symptoms in order to play, according to a presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in Washington....

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Education on concussion  did not make a difference in changing athlete's behavior- 

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Stop Climbing, Start Swimming: The hidden advantages of dyslexia: Jonathan Buchanan at TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED...

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Lou Salza's curator insight, May 11, 2013 2:12 PM

Nicely done! The use of the the quote from the book of Matthew ( Matthew Effects)  should have been attributed to Kieth Stanovich: 

 

http://www.readingrockets.org/articles/researchbytopic/4862/

 

Otherwise terrific talk--Lou