Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:30 AM EDT2013-05-22 10:30:09 GMT
JOPLIN, MO (RNN) - Two years after a devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, MO, new landscape is emerging, but there is still work to be done. Joplin was hit by an EF-5 tornado on May, 22, 2001, thatFull Story >
Two years after a devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, MO, new landscape is emerging, but there is still work to be done.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:28 AM EDT2013-05-22 10:28:50 GMT
Motorcycle riders from throughout the tri-state area will depart for Washington D.C. today for a Memorial Day weekend rally honoring military prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. Nearly oneFull Story >
Motorcycle riders from throughout the tri-state area will depart for Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for a Memorial Day weekend rally honoring military prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:19 AM EDT2013-05-22 10:19:00 GMT
Funeral services are set for a Ft. Thomas man killed in Afghanistan. Visitation for Michael Bradford will be Friday at the Ft. Thomas Mess Hall from 4:00 until 7:30. Funeral services will beginFull Story >
Visitation for Michael Bradford will be Friday at the Ft. Thomas Mess Hall from 4:00 until 7:30. Full Story >
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Over the years kids have become allergic to more and different allergens, but now some doctors believe it could be the parents' fault.
A Johns Hopkins University study links the increase in allergies to over-use of antibacterial soaps and gels. One Greenville doctor said it may be that parents are making sure their babies are too clean.
Three-year-olds at Park Place Children's Center in Greenville learn about acorns by touch. After, the director Cindy Weathers said, they wash their hands with soap and water. Weathers said in order to be licensed as a child care facility the Department of Social Services requires each room to have sinks available. She said there are certain rules when it comes to using liquid soap and disposable paper towels, too.
A new study by Johns Hopkins would likely applaud the hand washing system at Park Place for avoiding antibacterial soaps and gels for the kids. What parents of young kids do at home may be a different story. The could be evident by the amount of children with new and different allergies than before. Weathers said she has 20 kids allergic to 29 different allergens.
Dr. Emmanuel Sarmiento, an allergist at Greenville's Allergic Disease and Asthma Center said he's seen a remarkable increase in allergies among children, and he thinks it's linked to the "hygiene hypothesis," which the Johns Hopkins study supports.
"What we're talking about here is overzealous cleanliness, overuse of hand sanitizer, or overuse of antimicrobial soaps," Sarmiento said. "The lack of exposure [to germs and bacteria] can make your immune system overactive and you'll make or produce a lot of antibodies against the allergens, like the pollen, or food, or let's say, pet danders."
The study took almost 900 kids between 6 and 16 and measured a chemical found in antibacterial soaps in their urine. Researchers discovered that the kids with the higher level of the chemical had more allergies.
Greenville pediatrician, Dr. Justin Moll, is nervous the study may have people questioning their clean habits. He stresses that washing hands with traditional soap and water is safe, effective and necessary to stop from spreading germs that could spread sickness.
The Centers for Disease Control outlines the best time to wash hands without over-doing it. These times include after going to the bathroom, changing a diaper, handling pet food or waste, before or after being sick or caring for someone who's sick, and before or after working with or eating food.
Moll and Sarmiento agree that it's important to let kids be kids because the bacterial they touch doing every day things is good for their immune system.
Sarmiento said being "germ free" and using too much antibacterial soap and sanitizer could backfire.
"It's a delicate balance of cleanliness and overusing it and it may cause problem in your immune system," Sarmiento said.
He said allergies can be preventable, but only at a very young age. He said when babies are exposed to germs, their bodies create a protective antibody against them. If kids are not exposed as a baby through the time they're 2 or 3, which means, parents keep them too overly clean, their bodies will switch to create a hyperactive antibody toward those germs. That's what is commonly called allergies.
"If you're born genetically that you are susceptible to be allergic, if you turn the switch, no turning back. Even if you stop cleaning, there's no turning back," Sarmiento explained.
Now it's up to parents and child-care providers like Park Place to keep tabs on the allergy increase. Weathers said her facility is completely nut free for those kids with nut allergies. She said kids there have milk allergies, are allergic to bee stings and other things, so she watches those children and keeps them away from triggers.
Sarmiento said not to believe antibacterials are better and to stick with plain soap and water. He said if kids do have allergies, try to avoid the allergens, but there are also some medications to control allergic reactions. He said if allergies are unavoidable, kids can receive vaccines to strengthen immunity and cure the allergy.
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:50:22 GMT
MOORE, OK (RNN) – In one of the few positive stories to come from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, an elderly woman was reunited with a four-legged friend she thought was dead. Barbara Garcia, a residentFull Story >
Elderly resident Barbara Garcia frantically called for her dog after the tornado had leveled her house, but with no success.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:21 AM EDT2013-05-21 05:21:10 GMT
An antibiotic so popular many people know it by name has some unpopular attention from the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration has said that this could be a matter of life and death forFull Story >
An antibiotic so popular many people know it by name has some unpopular attention from the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration has said that this could be a matter of life and death for some patients who use azithromycin, which is also known as Zithromax or Z-pack.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:41 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:41:37 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:16:48 GMT
MOORE, OK - The Oklahoma County Sheriff's office tweeted a photo of a frightened, muddy dog Monday after the deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through the town.The comment accompanying the photo said, "scared,Full Story >
A heartbreaking photo of a little dog guarding the body of his owner, who was killed in the Moore, OK, tornado, is going viral.Full Story >
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