BPA Baby Bottles Get Banned in Chicago
Chicago's City Council voted yesterday to take baby bottles made with bisphenol A, a chemical that has been linked to developmental problems in children, off the shelves for good, the New York Times reports. Chicago is the first city in America to ban baby bottles with bisphenol A, also called BPA, which is used in manufacturing to harden many plastic products. The Food and Drug Administration considers the products safe, and the American Chemistry Council, a trade group for the chemical industry, has lobbied against banning BPA products. Beginning next January, no empty beverage or food containers with BPA meant for kids under age 3 can be sold in Chicago's stores.
Depressed Teens Have Big Trouble Getting Help
Of the nearly 2 million teens who experienced clinical depression last year, more than 60 percent never got treatment, according to a new federal report. While teens and parents may not recognize depression symptoms or may have trouble finding help, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report found that lack of health insurance coverage was the biggest barrier to getting assistance. Only 17.2 percent of teens without health insurance coverage were able to get treatment, compared with 42 percent who were covered by Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and 41 percent who had private health insurance.
U.S. News's Nancy Shute offers 3 ways to make sure your child gets depression treatment if it's needed. Kids outnumber child and adolescent psychiatrists by 10,000 to 1. So if you're having trouble finding a therapist, don't forget to check out local university clinics and mental-health clinics in your community, or consult U.S. News's Find a Therapist directory.
Have Chronic Chest Pain? Here Are 5 Steps to Alleviate It
Many women with chest pain aren't getting necessary tests and treatments, according to a study in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine —and may be dying of heart disease as a result. About 3 million women in the United States report chest pain and have an abnormal exercise stress test, a screening test for heart disease. Afterward, they're referred for a cardiac angiogram, an imaging test that can reveal blocked arteries. If the angiogram shows clear arteries, these women generally don't get further testing or treatment beyond painkillers for their chest pain.
The study found that these women have double the likelihood of suffering a heart attack or stroke or needing a major heart procedure within the next five years. The cause of their condition could be not plaque buildup in the arteries but malfunctioning cells lining the arteries that are preventing normal dilation and constriction. Detecting this condition requires additional testing. U.S. News's Deborah Kotz lists 5 steps to take if you're having chest pain. Step 3, for example, is getting a coronary reactivity test along with an angiogram to make sure those artery-lining cells are functioning normally.
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