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Category: Health EN

DESIGNED TO MAKE KIDS OBESE: Checkout Counter Displays

Why do checkout counter displays always sell sweets, chocolates, candies and other unhealthy snacks? And often at the eye level of kids? A UK government-funded study showed that 76% fewer purchases of sweets and candies were bought from supermarkets that do not stock them at checkouts than at those that do. The checkout displays tempt kids to put these items into the shopping carts when the...
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Mercury In Skin Whitening Cosmetics

Thony Dizon, EcoWaste Coalition’s (EWC) Chemical Safety Campaigner, talked about EWC’s work against the many risks of mercury in skin whitening cosmetics that are widely sold in Asia. In the Philippines, skin whitening or bleaching is a big business, and is especially popular among women and girls. However, mercury can directly affect women’s health, especially those of child bearing age....
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Citizen Science and Women’s Health

PAMELA MILLER, IPEN Co-chair and Co-chair of the IPEN Women’s Caucus, discusses how citizen science plays a huge role in women’s health and health policies. Pamela shared the results of a small study by Commonweal and IPEN participating organizations that investigated levels of certain persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in women’s breast milk. The study found that samples from Alaska had...
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IPEN Virtual Conference 2020

Day 2 of the conference (11 Nov 2020) focused on gender, with 43 participants from 11 countries coming together to share their thoughts on how to better achieve gender equality using citizen science approaches to environmental problems. The highly experienced campaigners on our panel shared moving stories of women’s struggles and victories though on-the-ground campaigns in their respective...
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CAP: Practice healthy lifestyle to curb diabetes

  Today November 14 is World Diabetes Day, and on this occasion, the Consumers Association of Penang calls on Malaysians to practice healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of diabetes which is increasing at an alarming rate. Diabetes is an important public health concern. Globally there is a rising trend in the prevalence of diabetes due to many factors such as population growth, aging,...
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Laws Are The Most Effective Way To Eliminate Exposure To Lead Paint

"Legally binding control measures can include statutes, regulations, and/or mandatory technical standards establishing a binding, enforceable limit on lead in paint with penalties for non-compliance. For brevity, these are referred to in this document as ‘lead paint laws’. Regulatory controls on a range of sources of lead exposure have been demonstrated to protect public health, as reflected...
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Malaysia is unprepared for an ageing society

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the government to prioritise the needs of the country’s ageing population instead of encouraging the construction of retirement villages which serves only a small segment of society. We call upon the government to adopt the Universal Design, a framework for the designing of living and working spaces, and products to benefit the widest possible...
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Health Effects Of Lead Poisoning On Children

"Lead exposure can have serious consequences for the health of children. At high levels of exposure, lead attacks the brain and central nervous system to cause coma, convulsions and even death. Children who survive severe lead poisoning may be left with mental retardation and behavioural disorders. At lower levels of exposure that cause no obvious symptoms lead is now known to produce a spectrum...
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Particularly Dangerous to PREGNANT WOMEN

Exposure to lead can be harmful to the unborn baby because lead in the mother’s blood passes through the placenta. Complications from high levels of exposure include premature birth, low birth weight, or even miscarriage or stillbirth. Breastfeeding mothers can also pass lead on to their infants via their breast milk. The effects of lead exposure continue after birth and can result in impaired...
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Lead In Paints Affects Children More

Children are exposed to lead when painted surfaces deteriorate over time and break down to paint dust to contaminate the environment. Children ages 0-6 engaging in normal hand-to-mouth behaviours are most at risk of damage to their intelligence and mental development from exposure to lead dust and lead in the soil. The health impacts of lead exposure on young children’s brains are lifelong,...
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