A Boy, Two Magnets — and a Trip to the ER

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Proving yet again that kids will try almost anything when you’re not watching, one European 11-year-old wedged two small magnetized disks up his nostrils — causing serious medical issues, his doctors report. The unnamed child from Cyprus was brought to a hospital six hours later with a nosebleed…

Adderall Misuse May Be Hidden Part of Teen Amphetamine Abuse

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) — American teens underestimate their use of amphetamines, likely because many don’t know that the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Adderall is an amphetamine, a new study suggests. High school and college students sometimes use Adderall, a type of stimulant medication, without a doctor’s order because they believe it will…

Controversial Chemical Can Linger on Your Toothbrush

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Triclosan — a potentially harmful antibacterial agent used in some toothpastes — accumulates in toothbrush bristles, researchers report. This means your exposure to the chemical can continue even if you switch to a triclosan-free toothpaste, the investigators warned. Triclosan is now banned in over-the-counter antiseptic soaps, gels and…

The 411 on High Triglycerides

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol might get all the attention on test results, but triglycerides are also part of the picture of good health. They’re a type of fat that travels through your bloodstream. Your body gets triglycerides from fats in the foods you eat and also makes them from other types…