Medical experts warn parents to watch for danger signs of young people getting drunk on the over-the-counter cleansers, which have a high percentage of ethyl alcohol.
Six teenagers have shown up in two San Fernando Valley emergency rooms in the last few months with alcohol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer, worrying public health officials who say the cases could signal a dangerous trend.
Some of the teenagers used salt to separate the alcohol from the sanitizer, making a potent drink that is similar to a shot of hard liquor.
Teens… seriously? You guys are clever as hell (salt-effect distillation?!) but don’t do this. A message from your Tumblr host. —S.
Instead of getting coverage at work, more Americans would shop for it on their own. That would mean more choices — and more risk. Critics and independent analysts say the impact would probably leave a larger number of Americans without insurance.
“Cops (and detectives in particular) are usually on the same page about law and order issues. Not this time… We had missed a lot of indicators in the months that preceded the verdicts.”—Kurt Wachter, retired LAPD detective. We have a lot of interesting stories up on our L.A. riots memory page, and more to come. You can share your story here.
A preliminary study finds certain biological markers in the blood of teens with depression that are absent in healthy counterparts. It could lead to the first diagnostic testing for depression.
The test examined a panel of 28 biological markers that circulate in the bloodstream and found that 11 of them could predict the presence of depression at accuracy levels that ranged from medium to large. And if that were not remarkable enough, researchers pulled off this feat in a group of teenagers, whose angst often defies all efforts at classification.
The study, published online Tuesday in the journal Translational Psychiatry, offers hope that doctors can do a better job of helping adolescents whose mood difficulties go beyond those of typical teens, and whose lifelong prospects could be greatly improved by early treatment. What’s more, by using objective data to diagnose mental pain, researchers hope to remove the stigma that often prevents patients from reaching out to doctors.