Officials Warn of Child Nicotine Poisonings in Minnesota

Department of Health Issues Nicotine Health Advisory

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Minnesota health officials are warning of the dangers of concentrated nicotine after a jump in nicotine poisonings of children.

The Minnesota Department of Health says the number of children age 5 and younger poisoned by nicotine has jumped from three in 2012 to 62 last year.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports officials point to the rising use of e-cigarettes and the concentrated liquid nicotine products used with them.

The devices have become a popular alternative to traditional smoking.

But health officials said Wednesday the “e-juice” used in the devices is more toxic than people realize.

A new Minnesota law requires e-juice to be sold in child-resistant packaging.

But state Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says parents should still use caution and store the products out of the reach of children.
You can no longer blame work for your expanding waistline.

A new study finds constant stress on the job does not necessarily lead people to pack on extra pounds, which may be a sign of encouragement for office workers who crave an extra pint or a pizza at the end of a rotten day.

Researchers analyzed previous studies on obesity and work stress and found no association between job strain and risk of weight gain.

They also found no sign that eliminating stress may help workers lose weight.

Study authors say some people may gain weight under stress and some may lose it as a result of stress, but for most people the effect of your job on your wait appears to be modest at best.

Health experts not involved in the study say while stress does not directly cause people to become overweight or obese, extreme stress can lead to health behaviors that result in gaining weight.
The secret to getting a good night’s sleep may be all about changing your attitude and behavior.

Researchers say cognitive behavior therapy, which treats sleep without drugs, helped patients enter sleep 20 minutes faster and improve sleep efficiency by almost 10 percent.

The therapy focuses on changing specific behaviors and processes on sleep.

It turns out one of the worst things you can do is stay in bed if you can’t sleep.

Sleep experts say you should get up and leave the room if you’ve not fallen asleep within 20 minutes and only go back to bed when you are sleepy.

As for sleeping pills, researchers say they may be an easy solution, but they have side effects and can be addictive.

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